May 14, 2020 9 min read
Swimming is a challenging sport. Everyone knows swimming can be a physically demanding form of exercise. For a lot of people, swimming is really hard! If you are struggling to pull yourself through the water, don't worry. It is normal! Plenty of people are in the same boat as you.
Luckily, we happen to be experts in the sport of swimming, and we've got plenty of easy tips and tricks to help you improve. Want to get faster in the water? Just keep reading.
There are many ways you can improve your swimming. Let's start off by talking about technique.
Having good technique is instrumental in swimming. It allows you to move faster through the water with less effort. The most basic stroke in swimming is freestyle, sometimes called the front crawl. It is the fastest stroke and involves the least effort. Here are five tips you can use to improve your freestyle technique to swim faster:
Pay attention to where your head is while in the water. Head positioning is important in swimming. Wherever your head goes, your body goes. If your head is too far down, then your hips will come up too high. If your head is lifted too high, then your hips will sink. Your goal should be to keep your head in line with your spine. You can do this by looking straight down at the bottom of the pool. Having a good head position also helps to prevent injury to your neck and back.
There is a misconception in swimming that the bigger your kicks are, the more powerful they will be. This is not true. When it comes to kicking, the smaller the kicks, the better! Your kicks should just slightly break the surface of the water. Keep your legs straight, your toes pointed, and don’t bend your knees too much to have a hydrodynamic kick.
Another misconception in swimming is the faster you move your arms, the faster you will go. While this can be true for elite swimmers, it may not be the most efficient use of energy for an amateur swimmer. Keep your arms at a steady pace and focus on pulling more water, instead of just moving your arms faster.
If you watch the Olympics, you've probably noticed that many swimmers are tall! This is because being tall allows you to pull more water. Obviously, we will not recommend that you try to grow taller, however, by stretching as far forward as you can, you will gain a few inches! Think about extending your arms out as far as you can during each stroke. Many swim coaches tell their swimmers to try touching the other end of the pool with each stroke.
In addition to the previous tip (tip number 4), swimmers rotate their core while they swim. By rotating your body after each stroke, you are able to extend your arms farther and grab more water. Think about rotating your shoulders with each stroke. While you are pulling water with one arm, make sure your opposite shoulder is outside of the water.
Once you have improved your basic technique, there’s still a lot you can do to be a faster swimmer. Keep reading to learn more!
It’s no secret that being a healthier person overall will improve your swimming. There are a lot of ways you can get healthier. Here are five things you can do outside of the pool to make yourself a better swimmer:
3. Eating healthy -Eating healthy will improve your overall swimming. Our bodies are like sports cars; if you put crappy gas into a nice car, it won’t run very well. The same goes for our bodies. In order to get to our optimal performance level, we have to fuel our bodies right! Here are some tips for healthy eating:
Though this may seem obvious, the best way to become a better swimmer is to practice! Here are some tips for practicing swimming and staying motivated:
Becoming a better swimmer is definitely possible. You can do it! All you need is a little determination, time and effort, and some swim gear. Be sure to look into our other articles On Deck!
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