The Overglider can be male or female but with one common trait – a very conscientious approach towards developing their swimming technique! Their stroke is typically long but contains too much glide and has a distinct dead-spot within its timing.
Serious and thoughtful about improving their swimming.
The most conscientious swimmer of all, having read all the books and watched all the Youtube videos on how to improve their swimming.
Tends to treat swimming as a serious technical exercise.
Swim Smooth believe that glide is a dirty word in swimming because it encourages swimmers to stop, pause and do nothing at the front of their stroke. This is very bad for your rhythm and timing and greatly harms your catch.
Introducing glide to make your stroke as long as is humanly possible has led many swimmers down a stroke technique cul-de-sac.
If you have glide in your stroke it will feel strange at first when you remove it. Don’t let this put you off: you’ll soon notice improved swimming efficiency as the increased stroke rate starts to feel good.
If you are an Overglider, our full guide to improving your swimming includes detailed analysis, explanations and advice on developing your stroke. We include all the specific drills, methods and visualisations you need and four full training sessions to follow, all specific to your unique needs.
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An Overglider’s determination to be good at swimming is a definite strength. Once they have intellectual buy-in to the removal of glide from their stroke they can make rapid progress.
A combination of increased stroke rate and improved catch technique can rapidly improve their swimming efficiency and move them progressively towards the Smooth Type.
Waves and chop from other swimmers can easily stall the Overglider during their glide phase, meaning they tend to under perform in open water.
Overgliders are competent swimmers who are often stuck on a plateau. Take a look under the water and watch for a dead spot at the front of their stroke, often accompanied by a dropped wrist, showing the palm forwards momentarily. They might also be quiet and thoughtful in their approach to swimming.
Please let them know about this site! It’s often much easier to recognise traits in others than ourselves so give them a quick prompt in this direction and let us get to work on removing their dead spots and improving their rhythm and timing.Find out more.