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5 Swimming Sets for Better Arm Pulls

Just knowing the ‘right’ or the ‘best’ drills won’t help you improve your skills.

You have to know how to optimally use these drills to really improve your performance.

When you use the best principles for learning, you get sets that accelerate your progress.

In my last couple e-mails, I’ve been talking about how to improve your hands to improve your speed.

I showed you how to learn to accelerate your hands for a better pull.

I showed you how to change your hand position to improve your feel for the water.

I provided some sample sets to illustrate the concepts.

I’ve always learned best when I understand why you do something AND how to do it.

It’s the combination that works best.

With that in mind, I tend to explain more than I show, so today we’re going straight practical.

It’s going to be light on words and heavy on practical examples.

I’m going to give you five different sets that you can use to improve your pull, based on the principles we discussed.

For ALL of the sets, simply adjust them to suit your needs.

Add repetitions or remove repetitions.

Do more rounds of the set or do less rounds of the set.

Increase the distance or reduce the distance.

Aim to swim faster or aim to swim slower.

Respect the basic set up and adjust the specifics to suit your needs.

Here are your simple solutions!


This is set is all about learning how to change speeds.

You’re going to have to figure out how to swim faster across repetitions.

You’re going to have to figure out to build speed within repetitions.

And you’re going to have to do so with various hand positions and various drills.

In every situation, the goal is to find speed, and the way to do that is more effective pulling