How to Master the Top 5 Challenges to Breathing in Freestyle

Written by Kevin Koskella

The most common question I hear inrepparttar triathlete world aboutrepparttar 144003 mysteries of swimming efficiently usually involves something with breathing. In freestyle, it isrepparttar 144004 first step to get your body position right. Then, for many, you throw in breathing and everything goes haywire! This has to do with lack of balance, using your head instead of your core to breath, and a few other factors.

Here arerepparttar 144005 top 5 challenges in learning how to breathe in freestyle, along withrepparttar 144006 remedies on how to get over these:

1.Not Getting Enough Air. There are a couple of reasons this typically happens in freestyle. First, make sure you breathe out all of your air before you rotate to take a breath. When learning, some people try to exhale and inhale while they are rolling torepparttar 144007 side for air. There simply is not enough time for this! Your exhalations should only be inrepparttar 144008 water inrepparttar 144009 form of bubbles. At firstrepparttar 144010 timing may seem difficult, but eventually you will get used to it. Second, you may be sinking as you breathe. Make sure you are rolling torepparttar 144011 side to breathe, and not rotating your head and looking straight up. Practicingrepparttar 144012 side kicking and shark fin drills, as discussed in The Complete Guide and inrepparttar 144013 introductory 4-session online clinic you get by signing up forrepparttar 144014 Tri Swim Coach newsletter will also help you with this challenge.

2.Extended Arm Sinks While Taking a Breath. This is mainly a balance issue. While you breathe to one side, your other arm should be extending. For many swimmers, this extended arm pushes down intorepparttar 144015 water (elbow drops) and they are sinking while trying to inhale. The side kicking and shark fin drills will also help to improve this. Another drill also discussed inrepparttar 144016 materials that will help with this challenge isrepparttar 144017 fist drill, which forces you to not use your hands, therefore improves your balance inrepparttar 144018 water.

Swimming vs. Golf

Written by Kevin Koskella

Recently, I have taken up golf, and I canít help but noticerepparttar similarities between learning golf and learning swimming. Both are finesse sports that require large amounts of concentration and practice to get right, and it is unnecessary (and ill-advised) to gain great amounts of strength to make major improvements in either sport. Letís look at some specific ways golf is like swimming:

1.It Starts with Head Position. In golf, you must keep your head still and look straight atrepparttar 144002 ball while you swing in order to make contact. In swimming, you must keep your head still and look straight down atrepparttar 144003 bottom ofrepparttar 144004 pool while you rotate in order to getrepparttar 144005 most out of your stroke.

2.Concentration is Key. The moment you start thinking about more than one thing when you are about to hitrepparttar 144006 ball isrepparttar 144007 moment that something goes wrong. If I get 2 tips on my golf swing and I think about both of themrepparttar 144008 next time I tee up, I tend to have an underwhelming result! The same goes for doingrepparttar 144009 swimming drills. As a coach, if I give a swimmer several things to think about, inevitably, nothing will go right. The idea is to concentrate on one aspect, practice it, master it, and move on.

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