Gennadi Touretski was a Russian swimming coach who emigrated to Australia in 1992. For a little while he was laughed at; he had some wild and wacky coaching ideas, and yet for all his common sense and understanding of human nature, Touretski was a scientist; an empiricist who’d study the motion of fish, and write equations. One of those equations was a simple statement of the relationship of power to energy consumption, which is stroke-rate cubed (in other words, doubling stroke-rate requires eight times the energy). “Feel” was important to Touretski, and he believed quality of training was more important than quantity. Exact repetition of techniques was critical. Touretski proved conclusively that efficiency – reducing resistance, maximising every motion, “feeling” and gliding through water – was more important than power, even in sprinters. The exact application of each muscle to the task was reinforced with slow-motion movement, where weight was shifted constantly for balance. The emphasis was on streamlining the total action. Each swimmer was treated as if a “fish” in an entirely different way, their means of increasing propulsion and reducing drag unique to them.
Currently out of the water with a sore so reading my AIDA 3 freediving manual, which is the necessary study ahead of my next challenge. Finding so many similarities between the principles I once practiced daily as a teen and what I’m now practising again as an adult. Feels so good to make the connection, to understand the environment i’m putting myself in and to learn more about myself, my body and my capabilities in the process. Bring on August 🧜♀️. by my instructor, @lucas_handley