How To: Swim the basic breaststroke

Breaststroke is a traditional stroke popular with people who like to swim for fitness. It is the slowest stroke, but that does not mean it cannot be swum powerfully and at speed. Follow along in this how-to animation to learn the basics of doing the breaststroke.

How To: Swim efficiently with Natalie Coughlin

Natalie Coughlin's strength and motivating voice guide you through 60 minutes of lap madness. iSWIM is broken into 3 20-minute sections: Warm up and drilling, an aerobic set, and sprints and cool down. Each workout includes freestyle, backstroke and kicking drills. Natalie's cues are golden in creating a more efficient stroke, kick and efficiency in the water. The champion guides you through each body part guarantees that your body is reshaping with every stroke. Get lean with Natalie! All le...

How To: Do the tumble turn in swimming

This quick how-to animation demonstrates how to do a tumble turn in swimming. Follow along and see how easy it is to do tumble turns. The main purpose of the tumble turn is to finish one length and begin the next as fast as possible. In freestyle races, you do not have to touch the wall with your hands. Any part of your body is fine, and using the feet gets a much faster turn.

How To: Swim a proper freestyle

New techniques may improve a swimming pool workout from Masters coach Nancy Kirkpatrick Reno. Before sticking a toe in the water, consider this advice: * Swim in a pool that's at least 20 to 25 yards long; those pools can usually be found at high schools and some gyms. A 50-meter Olympic-size pool is best, but not everyone has access to that. "If you're going to become a lap swimmer," Kirkpatrick-Reno says, "you can't go any shorter or you'll be constantly turning." An outdoor pool is prefera...

How To: Power off the blocks in swimming

Most top swimmers use the grab start to get their race under way. This gets you moving off the blocks quickly and into the water smoothly. The starter will not begin the race until everybody is ready and still. This is really important because you can be disqualified if you fall in before the start or if you are slow getting ready. Follow along in this how-to animation to learn the best method to power off the blocks in swimming.

How To: Use isometric exercises to change swimming stroke

This swim technique video series from a professional swimming coach hones in on the fine details for developing perfect alignment and stroke to help make you a better, more competitive athlete. The coach demonstrates the proper way to use swimming equipment and how to position your body to condition your swimming performace. This series is particularly helpful in that not only is the coaching beneficial, but the drills, including dryland training, are shown in practice. It's the next best thi...

How To: Go skinny-dipping

Always wanted to try skinny dipping but not sure quite how to get the ball rolling? There's not much to it but with a little bit of forward thinking you can make sure to get your friends on board while avoiding cops and an unwanted audience.

How To: Correct faults when swimming

Learn how to overcome and fix four common swim faults with this lesson from six-time Ironman champion Dave Scott. Check out this swimming tutorial video that explains how to correct faults while swimming. Concentrate on your stroke mechanics in the water, and learn how to correct common flaws when swimming with this instructional fishing video.

How To: Train with PT paddles to improve swim technique&stroke

Most swimmers love paddle-training for the power they provide and the way they feel. Anything that makes the swimmer focus on what their arms are doing is a good thing. PT paddles, as demonstrated in this how-to video, take away power from the hands though, and force the swimmer to train to maximize efficiency of the rest of the arm and legs. PT paddles take away from pull power, and train arm technique. Watch this video swimming tutorial and learn how to train your pull and arm technique wit...

How To: Use Finis freestyler hand paddles to improve technique

While most paddles are multi-purpose, the Finis freestyler paddles, demonstrated in this how-to video, only work with, well, freestyle. While it's annoying to lug around that much equipment in your swim gear bag, unique equipment forces you to focus on one specific thing at a time. The Finis freestyler paddle is best used for improving freestyle stroke and efficiency. Watch this video swimming tutorial and learn how to train with Finis freestyler hand paddles.

How To: Train with paddles to improve swim strength &technique

Swimmers and coaches either love them or hate them, but you can't avoid them. This how-to video is all about swimming with paddles. Paddles have been part of swimming for a long time and will continue to be. They're great for building strength during practice, and improving stroke technique. Learn how to improve swim strength and technique by training with paddles by watching this video swimming tutorial.

How To: Swim

Learn a short history on swimming and how to do the strokes. Even if you're not an avid swimmer, we recommend watching this... It was made by a fifteen year old! Strokes covered are the butterfly, breaststroke, backstroke and freestyle.

How To: Do the breast stroke faster and more easily

The breast stroke may seem like an afterthought at modern Olympics dominated by the Freestyle and IM events, but it still has two of it's own races and is a part of the IM and Medley Relays, so knowing how to do it well is still great for any competitive swimmer. This video, put together by one such person, offers great advice on all areas of the stroke, from the stroke itself to starts and turns. If you already do breast stroke and just need to get a little bit faster, this video has tips fo...

How To: Flip turn in three easy steps

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to do flip turns in three easy steps. The first step is to be able to do a regular somersault. Begin by standing on the black line away from the wall and execute a flip. The second step is to stand at arms-length away from the wall and execute a flip without touching the wall. The third step is to execute a flip that is arms-length away from the wall. Land the feet on the wall and pause with hands above the head. This video will benefit those viewers ...

How To: Do warm up exercises for swimming

Watch this video for warm-up exercises you can do before you swim - or before any sort of workout - to build up your heart rate. By changing the plane of your body several times within the three-minute warm-up you'll force your heart to work harder, which means a bigger calorie burn.

How To: Do exercises to improve your swim speed

Without speed, you'd swim like a turtle at your swim club races, which is okay if you're into leisurely paced losing. Whether you're navigating away from a hungry shark who likes your "Family Guy" swim trunks or trying to finally snag that "First Place" trophy, speed is something you can always improve on.

How To: Swim in a triathlon

In order to swim in a triathlon, according to Jodie Swallow’s technique, you will need an efficient stroke. You will need to work on your turn over. Try to aim for 90 strokes per minute. Rhythm, flow, and momentum are key. You will want to find your rhythm and keep it throughout. Timing is important. Breathe at the same point of each breathing stroke. Flex your wrist to improve your feel of the water and your momentum. Try to keep your elbows high and bent, when in the under water portion o...

How To: Do a simplified flipturn

Flip turns can be one of the most challenging aspects of learning how to swim races. Suddenly flipping over and turning around like that can be very disorienting. With this tutorial, learn how to simplify the flipturn at the beginning of your learning process.

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