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While at Auburn, David Marsh's swimmers established a tradition of excellence by swimming faster on a consistent basis in all events. Watching Marsh's swimmers compete, one can see firsthand their attention to detail in every aspect of the race. The skilled discipline of his athletes is a result of Marsh's gift for creatively balancing science and art when devising a drill or training method that will incorporate every conceivable element for faster swimming. In this cutting-edge series, Marsh shares with you the methods he has used to win an unprecedented three straight Men's & Women's NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving National Championships in 2002, 2003 & 2004!

Swimming Faster Freestyle

  • Part 1: Begins with a narrative review of the full stroke technique of former Auburn All-American Rada Owen followed by an on deck demonstration/discussion of the components of the freestyle.
  • Part 2: 12-drill progression to build the ideal freestyle beginning with establishing core body position and rotation. Marsh adds the arm movement through single arm drills with rotation. Marsh includes a segment of drills using a front snorkel to allow swimmers to focus on arm movement and rotation without having to add the skill of breathing. Part 2 also includes unique drills that help teach a "3/4 catch-up" stroke designed to achieve the goal of achieving a "high catch position."
  • Part 3: Marsh uses a telestrator to give a detailed breakdown of both an elite swimmer and a "mid-level" swimmer's freestyle stroke cycle.
  • Part 4: Recap section. The components necessary for swimming faster freestyle are reviewed. Incredible underwater and slow motion footage enhance this exceptional swimming DVD

Swimming Faster Backstroke

  • Coach David Marsh begins this six-part video by offering a full stroke overview of the All-American backstroke technique of demonstrator, Bryce Hunt and follows, on deck, with a brief overview of the stroke components.
  • In Part 2, Brackin energetically embarks upon 20 drills and variations in a progression to achieve backstroke perfection. Beginning with an on deck demonstration and discussion of how to set the ideal body position for backstroke, Brackin progresses into the water with body positioning and kicking drills. Next, Brackin progresses to arm movement through drills that teach proper recovery and hand placement.
  • Brackin discusses and demonstrates how to gauge a swimmer's tempo and drills that train a backstroker to be able to achieve a desired race tempo (Part 3).
  • Part 4 includes strategies for proper dolphin kickouts and stroke transition.
  • In Part 5, Brackin reviews the aspects of the stroke that were reinforced by the drill progression. Marsh then reviews the full stroke narrating a descending set of 4 x 25's sharing key points to swimming faster backstroke.
  • Using a telestrator (Part 6), Marsh breaks down a stroke cycle offering a highly informative view of what to look for in coaching backstroke.

Swimming Faster Breaststroke

Coach David Marsh begins with a narrated full-stroke overview of the All-American technique of former Auburn great, Laura Swander. On deck, Coach Marsh then reviews the overall technique components for swimming faster breaststroke. Marsh breaks down the breaststroke kick sharing four specific drills for kick development and then progresses through 20 breaststroke drills/variations. Included in these drills are: breakdowns of the specifics for the pull phase of the stroke, timing of the stroke, drills that key upon keeping the stroke "focused forward," and drills for teaching and perfecting the pullout. Marsh reviews the stroke in its entirety and then follows with a segment: "Putting it All Together." In this segment, Marsh pulls all of the drill components into the full stroke as Swander swims a descending set of 4 x 25's from 200 pace to sprint pace while discussing the stoke aspects of each pace. Marsh concludes the DVD with a narrated telestrator breakdown analyzing a complete breaststroke stroke cycle. Throughout the video, underwater footage and slow motion replay combine to greatly enhance Marsh's exceptional instruction.

Swimming Faster Butterfly

  • In Part 1 of this exceptional six part video, Coach Marsh looks at the full butterfly stroke and follows with a brief on-deck teaching discussion of the components and timing of the stroke.
  • In Part 2, Marsh calls upon Auburn Assistant Dave Durden who shares his creativity and butterfly expertise presenting seven sequential sculling drills that uniquely transition into a progression of five butterfly stroke drills utilizing a front snorkel.
  • Next (Part 3), Coach Marsh proceeds with six additional fly drills progressively designed to teach a swimmer maximum efficiency with a focus on keeping balance forward.
  • (Part 4) Durden shares three different drills that are regularly incorporated into the Auburn butterfly system.
  • In Part 5, Marsh pulls the stroke components together and narrates full stroke demonstration through a descending set of 4 x 25's from a 200 pace down to an all-out sprint.
  • Utilizing a telestrator (Part 6), Marsh takes you frame by frame through a complete stroke cycle with two different swimmers giving you a unique opportunity to look at the stroke dynamics through the artful eyes of David Marsh! 

Swimming Faster: Starts for All Strokes

  • Beginning with the forward track start (Part 1), Pilczuk presents proper foot positioning on the block, weight distribution, balance, and body lean.
  • In Part 2, Marsh and Pilczuk detail the importance of holding a strong and rigid line when the swimmer hits the water to increase acceleration. He includes a jump and a dive sequence, both designed to help develop agility and body position awareness. Pilczuk then combines the set up with the launch for practicing the full dive.
  • (Part 3) Marsh discusses the importance of making "soft changes" in transitioning from the actual dive into the breakout. Pilczuk then puts the entire start together at full speed. He then discusses the importance of the pre-race start routine.
  • Next, (Part 4) Marsh discusses the components of the exchange including the athleticism of the whole body launch for advanced relay take-offs and discusses the components for a beginning level exchange. Also discussed is the 50/50-split responsibility between the swimmer finishing and the swimmer taking off in the success of the exchange.
  • In Part 5, Marsh introduces Kim Brackin who presents a progression paralleling the forward start sequence with set up, launching drills, and the full start, including strategies for the entry, kickout, and breakout. Brackin also shares other valuable tips for a successful backstroke start

Swimming Faster: Turns for All Strokes

Excellent, Six-part Video - Contents include:

  • Part 1: Detailed 12-drill progression. Included in this progression: push-offs, the spin, getting a breath, "unfolding" after the spin to get the body into an ideal streamline push-off position on the wall, and the full turn itself.
  • Part 2: Nine drill progression beginning mid-pool and progressing through a full turn and breakout.
  • Part 3: Marsh applies the freestyle progression to the backstroke including the approach, turn, push-off, and the kick-out.
  • Part 4: Using a telestrator, Marsh takes you through a detailed breakdown of a Breast, Fly, Back and Free turn.
  • Part 5: Marsh shares innovative techniques he has used to teach the turn as well as training innovations he has devised to incorporate turning drills in workout.
  • Part 6: Marsh's methodology and technique expertise on each of the IM turns including the back to breast crossover turn along with the traditional back to breast "open turn."

Swimming Faster the Auburn Way: Training and Race Strategies for Sprint Freestyle

  • In Part 1, David Marsh lays out a seasonal plan for his sprint program. Details of the plan include both in the pool training, dryland, and weights and a look at a typical training weekly plan. As in all of the sections of this DVD, you will witness Coach Marsh's unique understanding of the nuances of the sprinter themselves and you will also see how Marsh capitalizes upon those nuances by building them into his program.
  • In Part 2: Marsh shares how he would implement his sprint program into a training plan for a 12-14 week high school season.
  • In Part 3, "Training Toys", Marsh shares the equipment he likes to utilize in training his sprinters.
  • Part 4 is truly a unique segment of this video - Marsh begins this segment with the basics of power rack training. Then, Marsh's unique creativity takes you through several competitive games he has created to train essential race components including finish drills, turn competitions, three person drag races, tag games, and more! 

Swimming Faster the Auburn Way:Training and Race Strategies for Middle Distance and Distance

Coach Ralph Crocker has experienced success at every level of the sport! As an assistant at Auburn, Coach Crocker has extensive experience working with all groups, but primarily the distance group, or as they fondly call it, "Ralph's House of Pain". In this instructional DVD, Crocker shares the training and race strategies for the 400 and up. In the training portion of the presentation, Crocker begins with "Distance Training Basics" that reflect his overall success and experience that he incorporates into training his Auburn training group. He also shares a season-long training plan and strategy that includes strategies for a shorter high school season, weekly training plans, and workout construction. Crocker also devotes a segment to pre-meet warm up discussing the importance of the pre-meet warm up, structuring a proper meet warm-up along with specific examples. Sharing Coach Marsh's affinity for "training toys", Crocker shares the training toys he specifically uses for his distance swimmers. In the final segment of the video, Crocker shares race strategies for distance events.

Swimming Faster the Auburn Way: Training and Race Strategies for Backstroke

Kim Brackin begins this video by sharing the five phases of a season she uses with her backstrokers. Throughout the training phases, Brackin relates how a shorter high school season would fit into the seasonal plan she shares.

  • Part 1: Aerobic Phase. Focus areas include a dryland circuit out of the water and in the water and aerobic swimming incorporating technique work.
  • Part 2: Aerobic Overload, focuses on increasing the aerobic intensity and bringing in an emphasis on racing tempo.
  • Part 3: Quality Training, Brackin transitions her backstrokers into more quality work and adds a focus to race intensity training. Brackin also touches on gender differences in the training phases.
  • Part 4 brings in a lot of quality work with more race-specific focus. Also, race-specific skills are fine-tuned in this phase in preparation for ...
  • Part 5, the taper phase.
  • Coach Brackin then shares what she calls "season long essentials" that serve as a great reminder to a coach that there are several aspects of training and skill development that need to be honed throughout the entire season. In keeping with Coach Marsh's love of training toys, Brackin next shares the training devices she incorporates into backstroke training. In the final section, Brackin details race strategies for the 50, 100, and 200 backstroke events for both short and long course.

Swimming Faster the Auburn Way: Training and Race Strategies for Breaststroke and Butterfly

In this seven-part instructional DVD, David Marsh begins with an overall seasonal planning segment for training all mid distance strokers. Coach Marsh breaks down the season into early season, mid-season stage one, mid-season stage two and taper. Marsh shares training methodology for each of the segments and includes test sets that he likes to use during the specific phases. Marsh also includes dryland and strength training breakdowns for each of these seasonal segments as well as breaking out how he would implement these strategies in a shorter high school season. The rest of the video features include:

    • Part 2: Breaststroke Specific Training Strategies - how breaststroke training fits into the overall seasonal plan.
    • Part 3: Breaststroke Training Toys - the variety of training equipment he utilizes with his breaststrokers.
    • Part 4: Race Strategies for Breaststroke - break down of the breaststroke races - short and long course.
    • Part 5: Butterfly Specific Training Strategies - break out of the fly-specific training as it relates to the seasonal phases.
    • Part 6: Training Toys for the Butterfly- Durden shares how a variety of devises fit into butterfly training at Auburn.
    • Part 7: Butterfly Race Strategies - Durden breaks down race specifics for both short and long course butterfly events.

Swimming Faster the Auburn Way:Training and Race Strategies for the Individual Medley

Coach David Marsh believes that the Individual Medley is the cornerstone of a successful program, and takes great pride in the Auburn tradition of successful individual medley swimming. Marsh begins with a breakdown of the seasonal training plan for the 200 and 400 IM which he develops from the taper back to the beginning of the season: early season, mid-season stage one, mid-season stage two, and the taper phase. Marsh details the differences in training for the 200 IMers and the 400 IMers and shares examples of sets that he feels are most appropriate for each of the training phases. Marsh's program emphasizes specific training sets that work on transitions and preparing the IMer for "big legs" to bring them home on the freestyle. Marsh also details strength training specifics through each of the training phases. He also breaks out a sample mid-season weekly training plan that gives an idea of how the Auburn IMers workout needs are met on a weekly basis. Next, Marsh details a phase-by-phase seasonal training plan that can be implemented into a shorter high school season. Marsh loves to use training devices for adding different stimuli for his swimmers and shares with you his favorite "toys" for training IMers. He shares detailed breakdowns of race strategies for the IM events for long and short course that include specific tips for effective stroke transitioning.

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