Have you studied pool swimmers, watched tutorials, broken it down & built it back up again? It’s ok you are probably really close to nailing it, however, just one or two small wrong moves can throw the whole movement out of sync. With that in mind, I’m going to flip it, we’re covering all the potential things you could be doing wrong and of course how you can correct them! Momentum - 0:37 Common Mistakes - 3:15 The Fix - 3:59 Foot Placement - 4:59 The Push-Off - 5:56 Streamline - 6:43 The First Stroke - 7:56 Useful Links Submit your Photo and Video to us 👉 🤍gtn.io/UPLOAD Check out the GTN Shop 👉 🤍gtn.io/TeamKit Watch more on GTN... 📹 How To Swim Butterfly In 7 Steps! 👉 🤍gtn.io/10Q 📹 Watch our Editor’s Choice Playlist 👉 🤍gtn.io/editorschoice 📹 Watch our weekly show, The GTN Show 👉 🤍gtn.io/GTNshowPlaylist Photos: © Triathlon / Getty Images 🎵 Music - licensed by Epidemic Sound / Artlist 🎵 Between Love and Hate (Dylan Sitts Remix) (Instrumental Version) - Iso Indies Blue Faces - Jharee Cadillac - peerless Gravel in My Shoe - Harry Edvino Pomegranate Beaches - baegel #gtn #triathlon #swimbikerun #swim #bike #run #swimming The Global Triathlon Network (GTN) is the world's biggest triathlon YouTube channel, with new videos every day! GTN is for anyone who loves triathlon: from seasoned triathletes to first-timers – and everyone in between! With the help of our former pro and Olympic medal-winning team, we’re here to inform, entertain and inspire you to become a better triathlete; including videos on: - How to swim, bike, and run faster with expert knowledge - Try our session ideas - Investigations into wide-ranging topics - The best triathlon bike tech and gear with pro-know-how - In-depth, entertaining features from the heart of the sport - Chat, opinion and interact with us across the channel and on social media! Join us on YouTube’s best triathlon channel to get closer to the sport and to become a better, faster and fitter triathlete! Welcome to the Global Triathlon Network. Thanks to our sponsors: Canyon bikes: 🤍gtn.io/canyon-bikes THEMAGIC5: 🤍gtn.io/TheMagic5 MET Helmets: 🤍gtn.io/MET ON Running: 🤍gtn.io/On-Running Orca: 🤍gtn.io/Orca Park Tool: 🤍gtn.io/parktool Precision Fuel & Hydration: 🤍gtn.io/PrecisionHydration Selle Italia: 🤍gtn.io/SelleItalia Trimtex: 🤍gtn.io/Trimtex Wahoo: 🤍gtn.io/Wahoo Zwift: 🤍gtn.io/zwift Watch our sister channels: Global Cycling Network - 🤍🤍youtube.com/gcn GCN Tech - 🤍🤍youtube.com/gcntech GCN Racing - 🤍🤍youtube.com/gcnracing GCN Italia - 🤍🤍youtube.com/gcnitalia GCN en Espanol - 🤍🤍youtube.com/gcnenespanol GCN auf Deutsch - 🤍🤍youtube.com/gcnaufdeutsch GCN en Francais - 🤍🤍youtube.com/gcnenfrancais GCN Japan - 🤍🤍youtube.com/gcnjapan GCN Training - 🤍🤍youtube.com/gcntraining Global Mountain Bike Network - 🤍youtube.com/gmbn GMBN Tech - 🤍🤍youtube.com/gmbntech Electric Mountain Bike Network - 🤍🤍youtube.com/embn
Breathing? When do u take your last breath before turning? Thank u
Thanks, great resource. I've only been swimming for like ten hours and already at my third or so session tried doing flip turns. It was traumatic. I pushed myself down into the pool floor and almost got stuck with my swim pants in a water outlet, lol. I'm going to approach this more cautiously and strategically from now on - here's my notes form the video in case it helps someone:
Step 1 - make flips:
* to initiate rotation, place your hands at your hips and curl up as if to reach your toes with your hands, but letting your feet break the surface before grabbing them.
* curl up as much as possible - the tighter the ball, the more effective the flip - chin to chest, knees to chest.
* use your hands from the position at the hips to push against the water to help with the rotation.
* trickle air out of your nose - as little as possible to just not get water in.
* try making multiple flips in a row to practice turning effectively.
* mind your position and direction to not turn sideways - you want to keep your forwards direction after every flip.
Step 2 - flip at speed:
* swim at normal pace and do a flip at speed with the goal to maintain the momentum of the swim speed to help with the rotation.
* practice flipping gracefully and resume swimming in one seamless motion, and do several of these each lap until they're easy.
Step 3 - find optimal distance to the wall, but without pushing off:
* the intention is now to only do half a flip, in order to change your direction of travel.
* approaching the wall with normal swim speed, use the T marker as a guide, make the flip at a secure distance, and with chin tucked to chest, watch how far away from the wall you are and where your feet land when stretching them out to touch it. Keep doing this until you've found the optimal place of flipping where you end up with about a 90 degree bend on your knees.
* practice moving your hands from the position at your hips, to extension above your head, making yourself arrow shaped at when it's time to push off.
* when consistently making the flip at the proper distance from the wall, keep working on the positioning of your feet, and direction of your upper body and arms, so that if you were to push off, you'd go in the correct direction. Does the feet end up too high or to one side, or your upper body not pointing in the right direction, there's no point pushing off.
Step 4 - push off and rotate from back to stomach:
* when you're consistently placing your feet at the right spot and your upper body is aimed forwards, try pushing off with low force, laying on your back in the water, while at the same time using the support of your feet against the wall to initiate turning to your stomach in the water as you push off.
* when you're consistently doing the above and maintain the correct direction in your lane after pushing off, practice placing your feet slightly above one another on the wall in the very last stage of the flip - that way rotating from back to stomach even more effectively.
* when you consistently push off in the right direction and turn to your stomach effectively you can begin applying more force to your push off.
Congrats, you're now flip turn certified.
Bonus - maximise speed after push off:
* to not slow down after push off, try doing a couple of strokes before breathing.
Thank you GTN for this flip turn video.
It has been a great help to my winter swim sessions ❤️
I suspect that I use my arms to make the turn, whereas I believe they are meant to be left in position - initially by my hips at the start of the turn, which then becomes near my head if I flip correctly, but it seems to be much easier said than done. The deliberate chin-tuck helps. Is there a tip on how to keep the arms still?
p.s. The real trick is to do OW events and avoid the need to flip turn.
We gringos need to start using tumble turn rather than flip turn, because a flip is 360 degrees..... Done properly, the tumble turn converts forward momentum into rotational momentum. I don't know of anyone who uses the T on the bottom of the pool for telling them when to do the tumble. It is an indicator of when you are getting 'close' to the wall. You need eyes on the T on the wall. Look more by using your eyes up rather than raising your head too high. I sight the bottom of the T. Note that all of the Olympians raise their heads slightly. If you don't 'see' the T, you can miss your turn. Also, by raising your head slightly, when you tuck, this actually adds a bit to the rotation speed. The little dolphin kick that is done just as you fold helps accelerate the hips forward, which also adds to the 'folding' that is necessary to get over quickly. The small bicep curl is some thing that all the elite swimmers use. There used to be a school that taught that the arm pull was 'wasted motion'. You don't have to look closely to see that all of the elite swimmers use it. Keep your arms bent at the same angle you use in your pull for freestyle, maybe 120 degrees of bend, and stop the pull at stream line position. I do look at the wall to judge how close I am before I start the turn, but I do not look to see if my feet are placed correctly. In the 'fold' part of the flip turn, you use your abs for the fold part, to get your legs over and onto the wall, it is more your back muscles, kind of like pulling your pants up your legs from the floor or standing up from touching your toes. To get the legs over, the lift is started, usually, with legs slightly bent rather than gymnastic straight leg toe point. As they come out of the water, then you bend to 90 or so degrees. This 'shortening' of the legs greatly speeds up the rotation. How deep you go off the wall, and how far you go before taking your first breath depends on if you are swimming a sprint or distance. The 100 meter sprinters will go much deeper to get under the backwash, which is the water that follows you into the wall, which can be a meter or so deep, and half way or more down the length of the pool. The distance swimmers generally go more shallow, maybe a shoulder width or so under the water, and come up a bit past the flags. Essential to keep well oxygenated. I do not like the teaching method where the swimmer has the kick boards out to the side. While it does work, the problem is that it only works with the kick boards. Remove them and you have only your hands, which is almost no surface area, and you have nothing to push against. Swimmers that have learned this way stick their hands out to the sides and do a little whirly bird circle thing and their turn stalls out. Stand in water about up to your bumm level. Palms are facing your front side. Using your 120 degree arm bend. pull your arms up to stream line position. Much better/longer/stronger leverage for accelerating the arm pull! Blow a small stream of bubbles out your nose as you rotate to keep water from going up your nose. As my martial arts teachers said, "10,000 more times!" But teacher, that is what you said last time. "Well then, 10,000 more times!"
Very helpful. Thanks, Heather.
1. Do a tumble turn EVERY SINGLE length.
2. As mentioned in the video, streamlining is key. Aim to get beyond the flags or change in lane line colour before you need to start your stroke.
What a brilliant video. Thank you for making this.
I struggle with the timing of taking my last breath and of blowing out of my nose during the roll, and either take in water or end up running out of breath!
Swam as a child for years and stopped when I was 18 - I’m now 35 years old and started swimming again 8 months ago. I couldn’t do flip turns as a kid, and still can’t do them now. I give up trying to be honest because it annoys me and I don’t feel professional in what I do. Great video though.
So elegantly displayed, so eloquently described!
Thanks GTN. Started today, doing one step and adding on as suggested. Actually got one or two done somewhat right, very exciting.
Will continue to practice each element. Adds things to do at each end of the pool and keeps it interesting.
Thanks again! 😊
the most helpful for me was swimming with paddles. I had to make a flip without use of hands, and I was forced to make turn with the head only.
Exhale slowly through the flip until the second stroke
You did a video on how to flip turn back in 2018 with Mark
I was actually practicing this lately, your tips sound amazing. Thanks as always!
Good video. Thanks. One of the things I hear a lot of people complain about with swimming is allergic reactions with chlorine (myself included) and flip turns seem to make it worse. Would be an interesting video to talk about how to mitigate allergies associated with swimming in highly chlorinated pools.
Funny how this simple action is such intimidating, especially when you have all these experienced swimmers around you...
A couple of months ago I was struggling with flip turns, could never do it, I thought I wasn't built for that and at the same time I didn't want to consider myself a swimmer if I couldn't do it, once I learned how to do it, I couldn't control my air, I felt my muscles burning, I had a panicking feeling, went to the surface gasping for air, then my coach said well your flip turn is flawless, I tried to explain that I was still struggling with air n he said "it's ok" the next practice after that he said we were gonna do 50m sprints in a 25m pool, in my first sprint I did the flip turn and somehow it just clicked, I think sprints are so hard for me that I didn't mind the feeling of gasping for air and now i feel VERY comfortable doing flip turns and my swim mates keep telling me how cool it is and they ask for tips. It's my biggest personal achievement in the sport lol