Do you ever feel like you have no idea where to begin? When it comes to swimming faster, there are too many factors to consider. Therefore, you end up thinking of five, six, or seven things simultaneously and become confused. In this video, I will demonstrate the order of the things you can focus on to improve your swimming and make it more enjoyable.
Breathe, Deep, And Relax
- Breathing deep means taking a normal breath in, not a huge gasp of air
- The exhale should primarily come from the nose, with a small trickle of air during swimming
- A bigger exhale should be done just before turning the head to take the next breath
- Holding on to some air during the stroke is important, rather than exhaling fully after each breath
- Starting with proper breathing is crucial for achieving success in the stroke
Find Your Balance
- Finding your balance means having a good body line or position in the water
- The three touch points for balance are the head, hips, and heels at the surface of the water
- Having a good body line helps swim faster and reduces drag
- Proper posture and head position are important for balance
- Holding the body correctly is the foundation for moving well in the water
- An effective kick involves breaking the surface with the heels and pointing the toes behind you
- The kick should have a flicking motion downwards and keep the feet in a bucket shape
- The rotation should be side to side, not rolling all the way onto the side
- The ideal rotation is around 35 to 40 degrees
- Going too far can result in loss of balance and stability
- The recovery should involve a relaxed hand and forearm over the water
- The arm should be brought over the top with momentum to carry it forward
- The arm should enter the water in line with the shoulder or ear
- The start of the catch should have fingers below wrist, wrist below elbow, and the hand about underarm depth
- A high elbow catch position is preferred, where the elbow is above a line drawn from the shoulder to the fingertips
- A good power diamond is when the hand comes underneath the shoulder and forms a half diamond shape with the shoulder, elbow, and hand aligned or close to it
- The exit of the stroke should be just past the hip
- Working on kick and catch timing is important
- It can be frustrating initially, but once mastered, it leads to quicker times and better pace
- There are two ways to think about timing: catch with down kick on the same side or entry with opposite foot kicking
- Both ways are correct, it depends on what works best for the individual
- Proper timing allows for stability and anchoring during the pull through phase
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✔️Core Principle #1 Breathe Deep And Relax
✔️Core Principle #2 Find Your Balance
✔️Core Principle #3 Rock, Return And Align
✔️Core Principle #4 Develop An Effective Catch And Pull
✔️Core Principle #5 Find Your Rhythm And Timing
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