When you train are you thinking? My swim coach has taught me about Deep Training or Mindful Swimming. This means as you are swimming you should be having constant thoughts on technique. Don’t swim mindlessly. Think about body roll, core snap, getting a good catch and connecting it through your lats and abdominal obliques. Keep your core tight and your rib ends tucked. Fingertips should always be pointed to the bottom of the pool. Head should be neutral in the water, facing the bottom of the pool. There is a lot to think about. It’s easy to just forget it all and swim easy with no thoughts at all.
Water is 400 times more dense than air and to move through it with the least resistance you’ve got to be streamlined. If your core is loose and you aren’t rotating around your midline you will be swimming like a barge. You want to be swimming like a streamlined boat that you see in crew. Use front-quadrant swimming (google it if you are unfamiliar with the term). Swim quietly.
So much to think about? True, but if you want to improve your swim you’ve got to work on these things. Pounding out yards and yards will not make you a better swimmer. Focus and concentrate on techinque and you will get there.
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