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Retract your shoulders, and try to minimize trapezius involvement. The lateral raise is aimed at the deltoid, and the trapezius can take focus away from the primary goal. Straight, but not locked out. If you find yourself bending the arm more to cope with the weight, the weight is too high. Grab something smaller.


Breaststroke timing is something I always struggled with (and still do when I do subject myself to the stroke in training). Mike Alexandrov, a two-time Olympian and breaststroke NCAA champion breaks down the pull and timing sequence well in a 3-drill progression here. It includes videos of him performing the drills, which might help you improve your own ...

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