Four tips for more speed in the water

More speed in the water
Four tips worth thinking about.

We have already published many tips for fast swimming here. Certainly some of it is not new – and still worth remembering. Because how quickly do you fall into your personal routines and then wonder about performance stagnation. And what’s worse than training and not getting faster? The consequence of it? You only swim what you are good at, so that you can at least have a few nice moments in the pool with lifeguard training near me.

What follows from this is clear: the permanent downward spiral. And that’s why it helps to keep reminding yourself of some aspects that could prevent this scenario. Some suggestions.

Tip 1: The head swims with you

Try doing a roll turn without actively using your head. Immediately you realize how important the head is in connection with sports movementsis to be considered. The head acts as a controlling element, controlling and determining to a large extent the entire body position. The influence of head position and movement on overall coordination is also of enormous importance in swimming. When considering the body line and a streamlined position, the head is the determining element. More and more often, world-class freestyle swimmers consistently look towards the pool floor in order to create a straight line from the back of the head and back. This reduces the frontal resistance, the position in the water improves, the effort required decreases and the speed increases.

Tip 2: Breathe

Unlike running, swimming doesn’t allow you to breathe when you feel you need to. The rhythm and technique of the swimming positions only allows a limited breathing rate and thus also forces you to choose an individually optimal breathing rhythmappropriated. Sometimes the contact with the air is so severely limited in terms of time and at the same time the intensity is so high that there must be no incidents during the breathing process. Even ingestion can have devastating consequences. In order to make the best possible use of the short air contact, it is therefore necessary to regard breathing as an active process. Exhale fully and actively until you lift or rotate your head to the surface of the water. If you neglect to empty your lungs, increasing amounts of used air will remain in the lungs. This so-called dead space can disrupt further oxygen uptake in such a way that it can lead to short breathing or even gasping. With every breath, realize

Tip 3: Body shave

Almost traditionally, swimmers remove body hair, especially for the few peak performances of the year. The effect of body shaving should be fully effective especially in the important moments unfold. But what is the effect? Physiologists have determined that the more direct contact with the water and the resulting temperature difference can lead to improved muscle activation. Swimmers report “endless” gliding and a significantly improved feeling in the water. In the combination of these two statements, the effect is likely to be hidden. The refined sense of the water will make the movement more dynamic and economical. Competitive swimmers report times that are at least 0.5 to 1 second per hundred meters lower than with body hair. It can be assumed that this mental expectation alone should save another tenth of a second! Enough arguments for individual surface tuning!

Tip 4: Stability and resistance

Water resistance is a swimmer’s worst enemy . Overcoming it takes a lot of energy. It is always better to counter this opponent with cleverness than with brute force. So don’t try to make water your subject – you won’t succeed. Requiring the smallest possible channel in the water could be a much more successful tactic. Make sure you are in a stable position in the water and your body position in order to create as little turbulence as possible. Ships and airplanes have streamlined bodies to create little frontal drag. Train your core muscles to be as stable as a speedboat in the water. Combine exercises on land (sit-ups, forearm stands, etc.) with exercises in the water (dolphin legs supine, resistance swimming) for a variety of core muscles.

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