Great Ways to Improve Your Swimming Technique
Like everything in life, if you are going
to do something, then make sure that you do it right, otherwise why bother.
With swimming, the returns on your investment can be truly amazing. You'll
increase your stamina, get a better overall muscle tone and definition, improve
your cardiovascular fitness and also not have had to suffer the heavy impact of
some alternate exercises. But these rewards can be multiplied, if only you
improve your technique. Here we look at exactly how such subtle changes, can
have profound results.
If you're wondering, "is there a swimming
pool near me?" don't worry. It's easy to find a Pay As U
Gym with private swimming pools near you and purchase drop-in
passes, so you don't have to commit to a membership. Once
you're at the pool, here are tips for making the most of your workout.
1. Swim long
Think of trying to get your body through
the smallest "hole" in the water. Just as standing up tall elongates the spine
and improves your posture, so swimming long improves your technique and reduces
the drag effect of the water.
When you jump, you do not just use your
feet, but your legs, arms and full body for the best result. Think the same for
swimming, do not just use your hands, grip the water with your full forearm,
like you were digging a hole in the sand with no tools.
Make sure that no stroke or element is
wasted and ensure that there is a full rotation.
Where your head goes then your body will
follow, so it is crucial that you limit head movement to only the prescribed
motions. The movement of your head is also tied in with the need to learn to
breathe properly - see below
If you manage to improve how you glide
through the water then you will need to engage less in the use of strokes and
each stroke that you undertake will be more efficient. This will mean that you
can swim for longer during a session and will help improve your stamina too.
If you learn to use your feet properly then
your technique will improve many times over. Keep your feet flexible, kicking
at the right point. A great teaching aide, is a pair of flippers, like you
would use for snorkelling, they will help develop the full potential in your
legs and feet.
Sounds simple, but when and how you breathe
is one of the fundamentals of a good swimmer. Learning to get it right in the
earliest stages will help you see the best returns on your invested times.
Instead of many breaths, make each one count more. Beginners have a need to
breathe on every stroke, but you'll soon be taking less regular but more
effective breaths if you practice the technique.
A good test is to see your threshold. Swim
500 metres, with each 100 slightly faster than the one before and the last at
90%. Count your strokes per length of the first and last lap. Then do 100m sets
resting for a quarter of the swimming time per set. Swim at a level of strokes
just below your 500m last lap.
Never be too proud to ask for help. A good
coach or trainer will help you identify faults and improve your technique, thus
improving the returns.
In the End
If you are going to visit a swimming pool,
then every visit should be an investment in yourself. Work hard and moreover
smart, and you'll be the one to benefit.