Swimming tips while often appearing simple can be effective enough to totally change your swimming style (for the better!) take note of the following swimming tips regardless of whether your just learning to swim or swimming in regular races.
The following are general swimming tips but can be applied to both swimming solo and as part of Triathlons.
Our first swimming tip is to always warm up, despite its intensity you rarely see social swimmers warm up. Warming up dramatically reduces the chances of injury (particularly from sprains and strains) it can also improve your performance in the pool.
Start Slow & Learn The Basics
Don’t start by learning the Butterfly stroke! Our next swimming tip is that you should begin swimming by learning the basic strokes first.
Swim With Friends Swimming with friends will give you a huge motivation and leave you with less excuses than if you swim alone, if your short of swimming friends join a local swimming club.
Swim In Public Pools And Open Water
Swimming in open water is a much different experience compared to swimming in a pool. Even swimming in a river compared to he Ocean feels different. To improve all-round swimming technique you should train in a multitude of environments (Swimming tip disclaimer: never swim alone and ensure there’s a life guard present).
Drills such as those found on my page on Swim drills are designed to isolate one side of your swimming in order to improve your total technique, thus drills are an excellent way of improving your swimming.
Having a good form in the water will reduce your drag and enable you to swim further and faster without tiring work on your breaststroke form to begin with.
Rest & Food
Our next swimming tip is rest and food in order for your body to grow you need to make sure you get plenty of rest (your muscles grow in your sleep after all!) and eat enough. Since your be burning off extra calories you need to eat more to make up for it. Also ensure your not dehydrated – swimming often gets your body very hot which forces you to evaporate and perspire much more than at normal room temperature drink extra fluid to make up for this.
Work On Breathing
Make sure you have good breathing when your swimming as this can dramatically change your performance. Read more about breathing to ensure you have this down.
Always warm down as well as warming up to reduce muscle tension and injury.
Specific Swimming Tips For Races:
Going for a race? Set yourself SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time Constrained) such as “Reduce my 100m Freestyle time by 0.5 secs in six months”. This will massively motivate you and your performance will explode if you continue to achieve and set goals.
Understand The Rules
Another swimming tip which can reduce embarrassment is to not assume the same rules apply when you go to do a second race, often they vary wildely in a matter of aspects with very little compensation for those that break them. Be sure to visit the official races website and download the rules before the race!
Talk To The Other Competitors
Talking to experienced competitors both before and after the race will give you a good understanding of what race day will be like as well as the chance to make new friends and pick up on more swimming tips.
Don’t Get Discouraged
Don’t get discouraged if you don’t go on and win your first race, the experience is worth its weight in gold let alone whether you have a podium finish or not!
Swimming tips – Don’t Over Train
Ensure you don’t over train – make sure your body has totally recovered before continuing to train. If you’re struggling in your training consult an offline or online coach such as those found in the resource links Enjoyed my page on swimming tips? Learn more by visiting the links below: