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Proper Swimming Technique

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2008-07-26 06:50:32     
Article by Carlos Montenegro

Swimming is one of the many forms of exercise that the person can learn in a few days. The strokes are easy to learn once the individual knows the basics. The challenging part is maintaining these when the muscles get tired.

Some people think that creating a lot of splashes in the water makes the person go faster. Unfortunately this is the exact opposite since this only creates drag and one is kicking air and not the water to propel the individual to go forward.

This makes proper technique important to maximize the distance achieved per stroke. The person can do this by letting the hands enter the water properly and kicking as though one is wearing fins by reducing the drag.

In freestyle, the person should let the thumb enter first. The fingers don't have to be tight but just enough to catch water and push it backward. Once the hand has reached the thigh, the other one must be ready to do the same motion and maintain the momentum.

The feet should also do some of the work by letting the power come from the thighs and not the lower legs since the muscles here are bigger and stronger resulting to better propulsion.

Since this will take a lot of energy, the person should know how to breathe in the water. The individual should just turn the head to the side and raised just enough to for air to enter the mouth. Some people can do this every other stroke or more which really depends on the endurance of the swimmer.

When a swimmer jumps into the water, the important thing is to streamline first. This is done by keeping the body as tight as possible and the hands squeezed between the ears. The individual can use the legs to kick to increase the momentum after pushing away from the wall before starting with the stroke.

This is done whenever diving from the block and pushing off from the wall after each turn. This makes the job easier of conserving energy especially if the person is doing a number of laps non-stop.

In backstroke, the person more or less does the opposite of what is done in freestyle. The arms come out with the thumb first and enters using the pinky finger. This will allow the swimmer to catch more water for each stroke.

The legs are slightly bent to add propulsion to the work done by the hands while the head stays still looking at sky. The breathing pattern is similar to freestyle which can be done after every stroke or more.

Breaststroke is similar to how frogs swim. The technique used in the arms has evolved in many years that instead of creating a wide area for the hands to catch water, a smaller circle has been proven to be more efficient.
The reentry for the arms can be done on the surface which increases the interval of both pulling and kicking that make a swimmer move faster in the water.

Butterfly hasn't changed in many years. The challenge is really maintaining the one pull two kick especially in a 200 meter or yard event. The person should make sure the hands catch the water properly and kick at the right time to get the stroke right.

Swimming involves every muscle in the body. The person can learn this easily in a matter of days then just spend time in the water to practice. The person can move faster by using proper swimming technique instead of someone just making splashes and creating drag.

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