Swim Faster, Better and Stronger

Swimmers come in many different forms. From those who reach Olympic status to the kids floundering around in their backyard pool, each one can improve on their swimming technique. A better swimming technique will make you not only feel better about swimming, but also increase your speed and endurance in the water! There are a variety of different ways to improve your technique – here are a few to get you started.

Stroke

There are four strokes that are featured in international swimming competitions. These are backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, and freestyle. Of the four, freestyle is the fastest stroke.

The first technique to improve speed is to change your default stroke to the freestyle stroke. This will take some training, but in the end you will get faster each time you practice it. To engage in freestyle, focus is put on the scissor kick with an overhead arm pull that alternates arms. Here’s a great video to get you started!

Legs

The legs are a key part in the technique to increase anyone’s speed in the pool. Whether you are racing in an event or getting some exercise in a physical therapy pool, legs are half the battle.

When training, work on keeping minimal distance between you legs. You want to ensure that you are not creating any extra drag that doesn’t need to be there. This will slow you down by not allowing you to flow through the water as smoothly. You should be able to feel the pull that your legs and feet are having on your whole body if you are doing it wrong. Experiment by keeping your legs very close together or far apart while swimming to feel the difference between the two extremes, and then find the middle ground that work best in your situation.

Head

Make sure to work on your head position to maximize buoyancy and allow for breath. Having your head too far above or too far below the water is equivalent to adding an extra twenty-five pounds around your body! The water should crisp over the forehead and you should be able to rotate your head from side to side to get the breath.

Arms

Your arms are the powerhouses when it comes to your swimming speed. To achieve your best speed yet, ensure that you are extending your reach to its full potential. From there bring your arm back into your bellybutton, and then quickly out to its maximum length again.

So there you have it! Practicing this few tips and techniques are sure to get you moving through the water faster! If you have any other suggestion, please leave the in the comments below!

Aaron Walker is a writer, dad, swimmer, gadget enthusiast, and can cook a mean Jambalaya. Follow him on Twitter at @aaronwalker77 to see more of his work.

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