Are You Out of Shape for Swimming?

Written by Kevin Koskella


Have you taken a break from swimming? Do you feel out of shape and feelrepparttar need to get back in shape quickly? Here are some tips to help you get back to feelingrepparttar 144008 best you can inrepparttar 144009 water:

1. Don't try to do too much too soon. Start out with long, slow swims. If you can't do long swims, start with short, slow swims and little by little build up your endurance.

2. Don't jump inrepparttar 144010 "fast lane". If you are doing masters, don't be tempted to "pick up where you left off." Swallow your pride and start out a lane or two slower than when you last worked out.

3. Don't use fins for speed. Fins are great for technique work and drills, butrepparttar 144011 worst thing you can do is to throw on a pair of fins to "keep up."

4. Swim often. Even if you only have 20-30 minutes a day, get inrepparttar 144012 water as much as possible rather than doing fewer workouts and staying in longer. In other words, it would be better to swim 4 days a week, 30 minutes each time than to swim 2 days at 1 hour per session.

Learning to Swim Freestyle on your Side

Written by Kevin Koskella


When we learned to swim freestyle as children, most of us swim flat inrepparttar water, with little or no hip rotation as our arms are doingrepparttar 144007 majority ofrepparttar 144008 work. Many triathletes and open water swimmers have found it necessary to change their stroke and swim more on their sides in order to conserve energy, swim faster, and get through potential rough water conditions with greater ease.

Rotating from side to side as you swim is a method that has been around for over 30 years. When Mark Spitz was gaining national recognition inrepparttar 144009 early 70ís, many critics said his only problem is that he does this side-to-side action as he swims! Little did they realize just how revolutionary that stroke was. Science has now backed up this style of swimming, and great swim coaches like Howard Furby and Ernie Maglischo have popularized swimming on your side with many successful swimmers overrepparttar 144010 years.

Good swimming is about usingrepparttar 144011 core of your body- hips, stomach, lower back, and chest. Top swimmers rotaterepparttar 144012 core ofrepparttar 144013 body from one side torepparttar 144014 other, while keepingrepparttar 144015 head fixed. When you rotate in this way, you move throughrepparttar 144016 water more like a fish, or a boat, reaching further forward on each stroke, and maximizing your efficiency.

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