Swim Speed and Propulsion Clinic with Sheila Taormina

Event Date

Sat, Mar 29, 2014


Cambridge, MA

About This Activity

The Swim Speed and Propulsion Clinic with Sheila Taormina focuses on in-water drills and out-of-water strength exercises that develop a strong freestyle stroke. Attendees will understand how to build the correct underwater pull pattern through drills, swimming and strength training.  The clinic also teaches the coordination of core movement with the pull so the attendee perfects the timing of the stroke. Even though this clinic is technique-based, attendees will finish feeling like they’ve had a great workout!

Attendees will learn:

  • Swimming drills that train a “feel” for the water as well as the technique for a strong underwater pull
  • How to find timing/rhythm/momentum in the freestyle stroke
  • Swimming-specific strength exercises

NOTE: Beginners to advanced swimmers/triathletes are welcome, but this clinic is not a “learn to swim” clinic.  Participants should feel comfortable doing laps in the water and know how to properly breathe. This is a technique session, not a training session, so it is not necessary to be a fast swimmer.  

Event schedule and times

Schedule and Duration: This 90 minute clinic will be offered at 10:30am and 12:15pm and takes place in the MIT pool and is one of many clinics offered as part of the TRI-MANIA Summit and Expo. For more information visit the TRI-MANIA website.

What to Bring: You'll be swimming in the MIT pool for this clinic so bring your swim suit, a towel, goggles and a water bottle. Changing rooms and showers will be available.

About Sheila Taormina: Sheila is a 4x Olympian (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008) and the only woman to compete in three different Olympic sports (swimming -- where she won a gold medal in 1996 -- triathlon and the pentathlon). She was also the 1994 World Champion in triathlon and has authored Swim Speed Secrets and Swim Speed Workouts by Velo Press. At present, Sheila travels as a motivational speaker for schools, businesses, and community organizations, she volunteers extensively within her community and travels the world conducting swimming clinics.

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