Should you be bilateral breathing in Freestyle? Some swimmers breathe to both sides some do not, but which way is right?
In this short video, I share my thoughts on what will work best for you.
It's just over two weeks into 2017 and we're late to the party on posting what the year ahead looks like for MySwim. The problem has been we didn't want to create lofty resolutions that we wouldn't keep. We wanted to set goals. We wanted to make sure we had a game plan in place to reach those goals. Just like when we work with our athletes. We've come up with several goals that we think are going to push the growth of the MySwim program and help us become the premier online swim training program.
No matter what your skill level is in the pool, there is always room to improve your strength. I'm not talking about massive amounts of weight lifting or bulking up. I'm talking about improving your core strength. When we swim, we are constantly engaging our cores into every movement. Many novice and intermediate swimmers have trouble with this concept initially. They think that if they move their arms and legs are fast as they can or as big as they can that will get them from the start to finish in record time. As we've discussed in the past, this is never the case. Our limbs are just extensions to our true power generator -- the core.
Swimming can be one of the most enjoyable ways to relax and get in shape, but over half the world can't swim. This is a staggering amount of people considering over half the world is water. In 2015, there was 3, 536 drownings reported in the United States. There is just no reason for this. Learning to swim is not governed by the lack of resources to the sport. For many, it's one big factor that holds them back from learning how to swim; their fear of water. Sometimes people don't even realize it, but then they try to learn the breathing or head into the deep end of the pool and begin to panic.
There is one technique that I rely on more than anything else when teaching swimmers the mechanics of swimming. It's sculling. Most sessions will have at least a few lengths of sculling, whether it's part of a warm-up, cool down or even part of the main set. Learning how your body moves, manipulates, and feels in the water is a crucial part of increasing both your speed and efficiency in the water.
After a hundred years of competitive swimming, Olympian Ryan Lochte has innovated a new way to turn during Freestyle. I first noticed the new innovation while Lochte was competing for a spot on the Olympic team this past year in Omaha, but thought I was mistaken so I shrugged it off. Then I saw it again at the Olympic games and couldn't believe my eyes.
Breathing is a crucial part of swimming. Everyone knows this, but so many swimmers struggle to get it right. They often opt to lifting their heads forward or just keep their heads out of the water the entire time. These techniques not only make you less efficient in the water but can actually make your overall breathing significantly harder. Developing good breathing technique is one of the hardest thing for new or intermediate swimmers to master.
There is a misconception about the proper breathing for Butterfly. Many swimmers tend to come out of the water as much as they can when breathing in fly. This causes their hips to sink in the water meaning they have to expend additional energy to drive their hips back up to the surface. The result is usually a short pause between each stroke. That short pause, even if it's just for a split second, can throw off your entire rhythm.