The act of swimming is an ancient skill, and is as old as mankind itself. Since the dawn of humanity, man has been forced some of the time to use his might in order to maneuver through the waters. Nowadays swimming is as much art as it is a science. Namely, there are dozens of different techniques that all have their benefits and drawbacks on various aspects such as speed, agility, muscles worked etc. In this short article we’ll analyze perhaps the best known style of swimming of all: the front crawl.
This particular style of swimming is perhaps best known for its manliness – it’s most often the swimming of choice for men. You generate movement by keeping your body horizontal and waving your arms in a circular motion, on the sides of your body. Chances are that if you know something at all about swimming, then you know about the technique called front crawl.
This is a technique that’s particularly usable as means to make a speedy way towards some point. Using correct front crawl will make you extra fast in the water. But notice that we mentioned the term “correct front crawl”. The sad truth is that although front crawl is one of the first swimming techniques most people learn in their lives, most people still don’t know about the finer intricacies that define front crawl as one of the most powerful techniques for swimming.
What you’ll want to do if you want to improve is to educate yourself on proper technique. There are many good swimming teachers that will be willing to teach you correct form. Namely, something seemingly innocent as the angle at which your arms fall in the water, for one thing, can have a huge effect on your overall swimming form and will determine at what speed you move, and how effective your movements are.
Front crawl is excellent for the activation of various muscles in the torso and in the legs. Your arms get a killer workout as well. The most used muscle groups in the front crawl are the chest, the lats, and some of the other back muscles.
If you perform this technique speedily, then you’ll activate the fast twitch muscle fiber structures, which will in turn make you speedier and more explosive.
So the point of this article is that not only swimming is an art and science, but the front crawl as a chief swimming technique is an art and science as well. You can dedicate a lifetime on this one single technique and you’ll still have a lot to learn. But then again, such is the case with all of the things that are worthy in life.