Tips For Beginning Lap Swimmers
Swimming is a complete sport that makes us work our entire body in a balanced way. For this reason, swimming is often chosen by people because it is the ideal activity to start exercising frequently. But, it is important to note that you have to apply yourself in this activity to obtain rapid progress in the pool. That is why we bring you these tips which can be useful to keep in mind before starting to train in the pool.
Practice the correct stroke technique
The most common swimming style and the one that is used the most is the front crawl (also referred to as freestyle). But, whichever stroke you are working on, the technique is a fundamental part of stroke execution, and each swimmer has to find the most comfortable stroke rhythm to execute. It is a process that takes some practice and adequate exercises, but if you focus on the technique, the process will be more comfortable and faster. There are multiple YouTube channels that focus on the correct technique of swimming strokes. They can be a good resource when looking to learn more about a particular stoke.
Take it easy
Don’t dive in and try to break swimming records right off the block. A lot of new swimmers want to go fast and putting speed before the correct technique can cause you to go slower and use more energy. Getting speed in the pool is not so simple that it will only take a few days of practice. This is why, if you start swimming excessively fast, you will only get fatigued and lower your performance. You will lose your rhythm, your focus, and swimming won’t be as enjoyable. Be patient and take your time in feeling the water and understanding how you can get the most propulsion with the least amount of resistance out of the stoke.
Be careful with splashes
You want to have a smooth stroke that does not splash a bunch of water and slowing you down. It is about sliding through the water. If you notice that you spray a lot of water while swimming, it is best to evaluate your stroke technique.
Remember to breath
This may sound obvious, but a lot of times swimmers hold their breath too long and don’t get in a rhythm of breathing. As your muscles are working, they are using oxygen and need a consistent flow of oxygen to not get worn out. Most swimmers prefer to inhale through their mouths instead of their nose. This allows a quick breath before the face is placed back in the water. To exhale most swimmers prefer to breathe out of their nose. This keeps the exhaled flow consistent with the direction of the swimmer. But test out which breathing techniques work best for you.
Fins can be used for training
This tool is a perfect tool both for training and for the development of the physical condition. Fins also give you the benefit of strengthening the ankles and can serve as an instrument for you to get additional propulsion.
Analyze your performance
It is always educational to actually see yourself swim. We recommend that you ask someone to record your training in the pool. By seeing the videos of your performance in the water, you will be able to detect those things that you are doing well and the things that you are not doing well. The videos will give you a point of view of your performance and your weaknesses which can help you identify adjustments in technique.