Making a Splash: Tips to improve your Swimming
Swimming technique makes all the difference if you want to perform to your best abilities in the pool. Whether you're a beginner or seasoned swimmer we have put together our favourite tips to help you push yourself to be the best you can be.
- Take it one step at a time and focus on each part of the movement.
Putting in maximum effort without necessarily focussing on what you're doing may be a killer workout but won't help much when it comes to your technique. Swimming with focus will greatly improve your performance all round, so it's worth paying attention to each element of your movement.
- Master your breathing
Effective breathing will make all of the difference when you're trying to reach your maximum potential, without mastering this you risk affecting all other elements of your movement. Not only will the lack of oxygen affect your endurance but if you are focussing on rushing or holding your breath you will ultimately sacrifice the rest of your technique trying to compensate for this.
- Work out elsewhere too
It makes sense that a training programme will compliment your swimming performance too, since strength and cardiovascular health are both extremely useful when it comes to endurance and speed in the pool. Exercise can also familiarise you with your body, and help co-ordination which has obvious benefits in and out of the water.
- Get some feedback
Ask someone to be your coach, take a swimming lesson or even record yourself and play it back! The idea here is that someone else might notice things that you don't, for example when you fatigue you might lose form, affecting your performance.
- Wear the right swimsuit!