I confess i was a bad swimmer. I loved and desired to swim, but i could not do it. By one lap i was exhausted (25 yards, around 22 meters). My technique was bad, my drag was significant, and my legs sank. i felt i had exercised for an hour after a lap. the one clear positive that i got – it entertained the people who saw me swim.
the spectacular coast lines lay awaiting, but i could not swim. it was free without any Gym membership, but i could not swim. All the rivers, lakes of US of A awaited me, but i could not swim. the nice pools at hotels at different locations ….you know
The main advantages of swimming are : total body conditioning, a very low impact on the body, low heat exertion (lifting weights or running have great advantages, but when the body heats up too much you just have to stop).
I was praying to God – oh help me swim.
and my prayers were answered – Praise the Lord!
about a year ago, i came across a technique. And now i can swim 10 laps in 15-20 minutes!!! (at the end of it having that gentle feeling of pleasant tiredness )
Do you want to take advantage of a no-cost, wonderful exercise? And perhaps swimming like this after a year of practice (i am not here yet but getting there)
I came across a blog on swimming from Tim Ferriss.
It is called total immersion. As developed by Terry Laughlin.
I got his DVD and his book (if you plan on getting them, my advice is – get the DVD, watch it first, and then get the book. the reason being – the book is confusing…DVD will help you visualize the sentences in the book), looked at the you tubes videos and his blog, and the total immersion blog.
Needless to say they were tremendously practically helpful.
and these are the points i gleaned out from them over the course of a year through observation, practice, and theory.
Good swimming pointers (Prone style/Freestyle/surface crawl). 1,2,3,4 are fundamental
1) Keep your head weightless, body weightless, and hands extended weightless. Feel the entire body supported by the water. Fully, fully supported by water. Be completely mindful, feel the water and feel the sensations of just floating/hanging weightless. Even if there is a sinking feeling, press your buoy down and your air in the lungs/buoy is going to make you float. Don’t even try to stay afloat, or expend energy to stay afloat. Just be, don’t fight.
2) Keep your head vertical down and looking back towards your belly button – why? The drag reduces not only at the head, but the feet move up and drag reduces again. Double benefit of reducing drag. The head should be completely left to be supported by water, not even an iota of tension in the neck. The entire body, especially the arms and legs should feel relaxed and without tension. Stretch the legs, buttocks, back, and hands before and after the swim.
3) Swim as if downwards by pressing your buoy/lungs down – why, legs go up and drag reduces.
4) Always keep your entire body like arrow – Swim leisurely, leisurely, and leisurely. Absolutely no hurry. Feel the water, feel the calmness and peace of just moving like the turtle in finding nemo or like a dolphin – streamlined and effortless. Sideways to sideways. Take your time as much as possible between the strokes by not doing anything, but gliding. All stroke moment to micro second and then for 4, 5, 10 or more seconds just gliding. Effortless and relaxed.
5) Not just the feet, focus on kicking with the entire leg. One leg kicks for one hand stroke on the same side. Why – conserve as much energy. Just a 2 beat-kick swim. It is essential for proper streamlining and great increase in efficiency. Left leg would kick, as the right hand spears forward, as the left hand strokes. Right leg would kick as the left arm spears forward and the right arm strokes. The Kick presses the water down (action) as the water pushes your leg (reaction) IN THE DIRECTION OF THE GLIDE. A good 2 beat-kick from the entire leg is greatly energy efficient. It helps in body rotation, and also to zoom ahead with legs still together.
6) Keep your legs clasped together and go through the smallest possible hole by extending your arms, cutting a hole and slipping sideways through it. Why? Drag reduces.
7) Your body rotation, strength from your core, gives the power moment – NOT the hands or legs. That should be the focus. Core body rotation drives everything else.
8) Swim on your side, extend your body from the back. Be like a needle and a torpedo – perfectly streamlined shaped body.
9) Keep your head still and in one and only one position – that is facing down vertically and looking back. To breath between the strokes extend yourself as much as possible from the back and just roll up to breathe without moving your head.
10) Keep all your attention forward – Propel yourself forward, by extending as much from the back and gliding as much, and using your core to thrust yourself forward.
11) Breathe out/ exhale as much as possible BEFORE you come back up/roll up to breathe. Breath as often as needed. Let the last gasp of air be forced out of your lungs before you roll up to breathe. Why? Breathless feeling is caused by an increase in the level of carbon dioxide in the bloodstream. Thus, to maintain a sense of relaxation and comfort, you should focus mainly on exhaling, because that will more fully clear accumulated carbon dioxide.