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Simple Strategies for Implementing Stroke Counts Part IV

Counting your strokes is one of the most under-appreciated aspects of tracking your improvement and speed.

I’ve already discussed how to pay attention to and develop your speed, which is a critical aspect of improving your swimming.

If you know how fast you’re swimming, you’re going to be motivated to make adjustments if you believe you can be better, or continue to do what you’ve been doing if you’re happy with where you’re at.

However, there’s more to performance than speed alone.

Measuring your stroke counts provides you with information about HOW you’re swimming.

It’s a simple and effective measurement of how efficient you’re swimming.

Less strokes = more efficient and more strokes = less efficient.

Are you swimming more or less efficiently than before?

Is your efficiency changing within a repetition or within a workout? Is that good or bad?

How does your efficiency relate to your speed?

These are all questions you can answer when you know your stroke counts.

How should you start using stroke counts?

Find out here.

#4 Strive For More

Last time, I discussed the value of taking fewer strokes.

Now, I’m going to discuss the value of taking MORE strokes.

However, there’s a catch.

You want to take more strokes BUT you need to be rewarded with more speed or less effort.

If you’re not, the extra strokes were a waste.

This might take some work to get the hang of at first.

Don’t get discouraged.

Think of it as getting access to a new gear on your bike or car, and you need to learn to use it effectively.

More strokes can be good IF you get rewarded with speed or ease.

In conjunction with the other strategies, this is an effective one for broadening your skill set.

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