There are five common swimming myths. These myths have been taught to us since we were kids learning to swim. Many of them come from our basic survival instinct of trying not to drown. If we focus on these myths of how we try to stay above the water and kick more than we should we will be faster, more efficient swimmers.
A lot of what we do out of basic instinctual body movement wastes energy and slows us down in the water. Our instincts tell us to ride above the water and kick and stroke as much as possible. To swim faster we need to establish a tempo for our strokes and have a rhythm more than just the fastest strokes possible, as well as ride lower in the water.
The more we look at our habits we can make conscious, purposeful decisions that turn into new habits with our swimming strokes.
- Drag avoidance, not power production, is our most important strategy for swimming faster
- Extend your bodyline and separate the molecules in front of you
- Incrementally increase stroke rate, while maintaining an efficient stroke length
“Actions that can significantly improve your swimming are most likely counterintuitive”
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The Truth about Five Common Swimming Myths