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

Peak Performance Swim Camp: Coach Baker's Tip of the Week - 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.

About Peak Performance Swim Camp

In 2017, Peak Performance Swim Camp hosted more than 30 swim camps and clinics in 13 U.S. locations, plus an international camp in Saudi Arabia. Over 1,500 swimmers from 43 countries attended. Coach Baker believes that hosting a multitude of camps and clinics keeps his coaching staff energized and current. He also believes that the large contingent of international swimmers in attendance creates a unique training and learning experience for all.

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