H2O Static Balance Exercises 'Splained
Static Balance = simply floating, motionless, on the surface in an entirely horizontal (longitudinally balanced) position. When properly executed, the swimmer will have the back of his head, shoulder blades, most of his back, butt cheeks and heels all exposed to the air. This effort may be assisted by placing pieces of cut-up kickboards under the thighs - with the goal being to minimize (or eliminate) the amount of assist needed. (Note: Swimmers with greater lean:fat ratio tend to float lower in the water, so they will have less skin exposed but still must get horizontal.)
Coach breaks the team into small Peer Coaching groups (3 or 4 swimmers). Members of the group coach each other in static balance. Once static horizontality is established we have several possible "next steps":
We generally follow these exercises with a swim or set that involves focusing on the same things people were working on to acheive a good static balance position.
See the article, What Floats Yer Boat? for complete information about our Static Balance stuff - including video clips.
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