January-February 2006 Issue

January-February 2006 Cover COVER STORY:

Breaststroke Kick Drills

To Challenge, Condition and Build Body Awareness

by Michael Collins >>> Photos by Peter Bick

Kicking is a critical part of breaststroke and requires significant attention to maximize efficiency and speed. But practicing the kick just with a board improves only a small portion of what goes on in full-stroke breaststroke swimming. To help breaststrokers at all levels, Michael Collins, head coach for Irvine Novaquatics Masters in Irvine, Calif., offers a series of drills to challenge, condition and build body awareness.


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And Irrepressible Masters Swimmer Lucky Meisenheimer Does a Lot
by Christine Ennulat >>> Photos by Tom Reid

When people encounter John "Lucky" Meisenheimer, some see Dr. Meisenheimer, dermatologist. Others see Coach Lucky, coach of the Orlando Special Olympics swim team and, until a few years ago, Team Orlando Masters. Still others see a world-renowned yo-yo collector. Community activist. Filmmaker. Husband. Dad. Fact is, Lucky does a lot.

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Coral Springs to Host SCY Competition in True South Florida Style
by Raena Alexis Latina

Some of the best USMS swimmers in the country will be vying for record times at the 2006 Short Course Nationals in Coral Springs, Fla., this May. Even if you're not expecting to place in the medals, any USMS member may enter up to three events without qualifying times. So start mapping out your training plan and join host Coral Springs masters for a great event.

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Achieving Success in the Water One Aim at a Time
by Bekah Wright >>> Illustrated by Rick Gutierrez

Goals are more than New Year's resolutions or items on a to-do list. They're tools for achieving our dreams and can be applied to every aspect of our lives. There's a science, though, when it comes to reaching goals. Check out these goals for swimmers looking to shake up their normal routines.

From the Editor
To Reach Your Goals -- Stretch by Bill Volckening
Executive Address
A Season for Remembering and Looking Forward by Rob Copeland
Training & Technique
Five Fast Facts: 200-Meter Backstroke
Web Workout by Mo Chambers PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Instant Replay Helps Perfect Swimming Technique
My Favorite Practice by Mary Sweat
Gadget Watch: SwimMP3
Readers Ask: Weight Room Exercises
Healthy Swimmer PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Make Mine Green--Green Tea, That Is
Readers Ask: Swimming's Effect on Hearing
Exercise May Prevent Pain in Older Adults
Nutrition Hot Line Answers Your Questions
Reader Recipe: Tampa Black Beans by Elaine Hamilton
Swim Bag
Inside USMS
Swim Clinic in Bozeman a Huge Success
Renew Your USMS Membership Now
Call for Ransom Arthur Award Nominations
Dues Check-Off Contributions Build USMS Endowment Fund One Dollar at a Time
USMS Leadership Announces New Committee Chairs
Find USMS Fitness Articles of the Month Online
Swimming Life
Ryan Completes Virtual East Coast Swim
'That Dam Swim' Attracts Swimmers to the Shoals
Johnston Becomes Oldest to Cross Strait of Gibralter
Butternut Club Goes Nuts Over Butterfly
Open Water National Championship Results
On Deck
Goggles and the End of Stinging Eyes by Virginia Sowers PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>