6 Tips to Improve Your Freestyle Swimming
The Freestyle Swimming
Freestyle swimming is a category of swimming in which the athletes have a great freedom about their swimming style. They don’t have any restrictions, except the swimming stroke. The most used stroke in freestyle swimming, including the international competition, is the front crawl, because it is the fastest.
According to the official rules, freestyle swimming assumes that swimmers may swim however they want, any style, except backstroke, breaststroke, or butterfly. Furthermore, a part of the swimmer must touch the wall in order to complete a length and the finish, and a part of the swimmer must break the water surface throughout the race.
If you want to learn the freestyle swimming or you want to improve it, here are some tips and tricks that might help you:
Relax – Sounds simple, until you will be swimming! You need to understand you don’t have to fight with the water; you need to relax your body and focus to move it forward. The best way to start is to float face down on the water.
Don’t hold your breath – Even if you will feel you are out of breath, don’t hold it. Try to have a constant exhalation through your nose and mouth while you are in the water and you will see you feel better.
Straight out your spine – While you are still on dry land, look straight ahead and you will see how your neck is perfectly aligned with your spine. Try to keep this position while you are in the water as well: you face should point the bottom of the pool, while the waterline should cut the top of your head.
Don’t forget to glide – Between every stroke, you need to take a brief glide, so don’t forget it. Let your arms stay fully extended for a moment when you enter the water and try not to be a windmill!
Rotate gently – Probably you saw the swimmers and how beautiful they rotate through the water, cutting it like a knife. The most important thing is not to over-rotate. Keep in mind that your torso should rotate maximum 45 degrees on each side. The legs should stay straight all the time.
Use your hips – Give a break to your knees and toes and use your hips to kick the water. If you feel tired, you are doing the right moves!
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