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Swim Tips

Tips to Improve Your Form and Speed

  1. Swim frequently
    Try to swim at least three swims a week. Swimmers seem to improve faster and easier when they swim more frequently as opposed to only doing a few longer workouts each week.
  2. Swim with good technique
    Maintain the best possible technique at all speeds during a workout.
  3. Develop an exercise plan
    Incorporate drills to help you stay tuned up, increase your speed and develop a better technique.
  4. Challenge yourself
    One or two times a week increase the intensity of your work out. Make sure you don't overexert yourself. If you feel too fatigued, take a rest.
  5. Take it easy
    Each workout does not need to be an intense one. Remember to have fun. When you stop enjoying yourself, practice becomes more difficult.
  6. Streamline your technique
    You should always do things the same way. Once you begin to do things the techniques the same way, they will become automatic. You should use the same technique to leave the wall, swim and turn the same way each time.
  7. Wear a swimsuit made for competitive swimming
    If you want to become a competitive swimmer, wear completive swimsuits.
  8. Videotape your swimming
    Watching the videotape will help you determine your strengths and weaknesses.
  9. Cross train
    Cross training is using two or more types of exercise in successive workouts. For example, a swimmer may also surf, run or do yoga once a week. Cross training is a great way to condition different muscle groups, develop a new set of skills, and reduce boredom that develops after months of the same exercise routines
  10. Eat a balanced diet
  11. Do use flippers occasionally
    Flippers can help you achieve a better body position and you will learn what that position feels like while moving. When the flippers are off, you can try to recreate that position by feel.

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