Technique Training Case Study [EM]

US National & Olympic Swimmer Ed Moses

Until a senior in high school, Ed Moses only swam during the summer months preferring basketball, golf, soccer, and baseball to swimming. Then as a senior he accepted the challenge to train a full schedule, and within a year rose to being ranked 15th in the world in the 100m Breaststroke. Two years later Ed Moses won silver in the 100m BR, and gold in the 4×100 medley relay at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Ed Moses was the first to break a minute for 100m BR (in a relay), helping the US win a gold medal at the Sydney 2000 Olympics and set a new World Record.

How is such a rapid rise to success possible? By training technique: flexibility, mobility, core, breathing & sport specific drills.

Moses’ drive to be the best led to his pursuit of perfection in technique. His abilities developed by focusing on constantly improving his flexibility, core strength, and mastering the drills required to swim the Breaststroke unlike anyone at the time.

“I don’t just show up and attend swim practice because I’m supposed to be there… I’m always looking to make myself better. That is what will help you rise from a standard level, to a National level, to an Olympic level. Always take the next step by never thinking you are doing everything.” Ed Moses

“I am not just going through the motions, I understand what I am doing.” Ed Moses

What top US College Swim Coaches say about Moses:

    • [To their own athletes…] “If you aren’t swimming a breaststroke event, then you need to be watching Moses swim cause that’s how it is done.”

    • When Moses’ timing is on, his breaststroke is “perfection”.

    • “There is no other athlete used to demonstrate skill underwater.”

    • “Put Moses on the screen and you don’t have to say anything, athletes just look at his position and they see what they need to be working towards.”

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  1. MGrodski Post author

    Ed Moses Qualifies for Olympic Trials on 2 Practices in 4 Years

    Ed Moses has qualified for the Olympic Trials on only 2 practices in the past 4 years. Moses swam the 100 breast in a time of 1:03.35 at the 2016 Speedo Grand Challenge. Moses will be turning 36 on June 7, 2016.

    How is that even remotely possible? Its like riding a bike… invest the time into exquisite technique, and it doesnt disappear. Fitness comes and goes, technique remains… thats the difference between training muscles (which are stupid and require hard HiiT training) versus training the brain (which we havent even started to scratch the scratch on the surface of its infinite possibilities). So what kind of athlete are you going to be? May I suggest a smart athlete who trains smart, who trains technique.

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