We love pools—that’s no secret. But we also are huge fans of swimming for exercise, so periodically we like to give you tips and ideas for swimming more efficiently and effectively.
Today’s advice isn’t just for competitive swimmers. If you make improvements in your Freestyle Technique, improvements that cut down on resistance and the unnecessary expenditure of energy, you will increase the time and distance you can swim and add to your own enjoyment. Here are a few motion techniques that will help you be more efficient in the water.
- Check your head position. Body position in the wateris the most important factor in streamlining your profile for the least resistance. And proper head position is the most important factor in determining body position. Your head should be cocked at 45 degrees. Don’t bury your chin into your chest or have your face half way out of the water. Both cause more water resistance.
- Do the hour-glass pull with your arms. The whole point of the arm motion is to get the maximum amount of pull from the water. So why would you pull your hand down in a straight line? A straight line is the shortest distance between two places. Make an “s” with your hands as you are pulling down, increasing the amount of water pulled.
- Finish your stroke all the way. Most swimmers, especially when they get tired, pull their stroke out of the water too early. This causes the swimmer to lose efficiency and expend more energy. By taking your arms out of the water early you are not getting the maximum length from your stroke and therefore ending up needing to take more strokes per lap. At the end of your stroke your thumb should graze the side of your thigh.
Check in next week to find out how your kick can actually slow you down.
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