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Presented by Nick Baker, Camp Director
Nike Peak Performance Summer Swim Camp in June Chicago, IL

Peak Performance Swim Camp Tip: How to do a World Class Backstroke Start

Peak Performance Swim Camp Backstroke Start

START WINNING OFF THE BLOCK! There are many essential components to a great backstroke start including Hip Snap and Toe Throw. To reduce drag and increase speed, swimmers should snap their hips upward as they depart the block. Otherwise, dragging the hips through the water acts as a brake, severely diminishing speed. Another drag reducing technique involves throwing the toes upward, out of the water, as the upper body enters the water. Combining these two essential components will transform an ordinary backstroke start into a world-class one.

Learn more from Coach Baker at one of his Peak Performance Swim Camps, located at various locations across the United States and abroad. Teaching, not training, is the first step to swimming excellence. Coach Baker and his PEAK coaches are experts at teaching competitive swimming skills. They simplify the material, create an appetite for learning, and boost swimming performance. Give your child the essential skills they need to compete.

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