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.
This video demonstrates the four keys to a powerful freestyle. The first is internal shoulder rotation. Rather than holding your arms out straight, rotate the shoulder inward to bring the elbow up. Point your fingers downward and catch the water with your entire forearm.
Floating is a swimming skill needed in a survival situation. Floating can be done on the back or front. Get expert tips and advice in this swimming video tutorial.
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.
This is a dry land tutorial on backstroke swimming technique. Learn proper form for your stroke, broke down to entry and exit positions of stroke. This is an incredibly well detailed breakdown by Dr Rein Haljand.
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.
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...
Butterfly needs both stamina and technique, but the body movements are not difficult because you will have done many of them before in other strokes. When racing butterfly, your arms must come out of the water on every stroke. They must not drag through the water when they move from your hips to the entry position. Follow along with this quick how-to animation to learn how to do the butterfly stroke for swimming.
Friction from the water plays a major role in slowing you down when you are swimming. Without proper form and technique, your body will drag in the water. Decreasing drag can greatly improve your speed in the water.
The streamline kick can reduce drag while swimming. The streamline kick is a good drill for style swimming. Get expert tips and advice in this swimming video tutorial.
Freestyle stroke is broken down into dry land exercises that encourage muscle memory of the points in a stroke where maximum strength is necessary. Dr Rein Haljand demonstrates positions to achieve streamline and balance pressure from elbow and hand.
Relive your favorite recess exercise by watching this video on jumping rope, a simple but very effective cardio exercise that'll increase swimming stamina.
Prescription swimming goggles cost almost as much as a new pair of glasses. That's way too expensive, especially if you don't get to go swimming as often as you'd like. But using the clever tips in this video tutorial, you'll be able to make a pair of prescription swimming goggles for less than you'd spend on a tank of gas to get you to the beach.
You can learn how to do the trudgen which is one way that you can swim. You keep your legs locked together and push forward while you thrust your arms forward. Swim the trudgen - Part 1 of 3.
Rest in between long bouts of exercise is recommended, since muscles need time to heal and patch themselves up after tearing (yes, any form of exercise makes micro tears in your muscles that must be healed. These tears are a good thing because once you get patched up, your muscles become stronger than before).
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 on his swim team. It's ...
In this video series, watch as competitive swimmer Phillip Toriello teaches how to swim the breaststroke. Learn how to use your arms and legs, how to breath, and how to start and finish a race. Get breathing and swimming drills to help improve your swimming technique and ability.
You can learn how to do the inverted breast stroke which is one way you can swim. You lay on your back and push forward with your feet while keeping your hands above you. Swim the inverted breast stroke.
The core of your body - your abs, obliques, and the muscle that goes around your midsection like a corset - is what holds your entire body together when you're performing tasks like lifting groceries, doing push ups, and even just sitting at your desk.
The doggie paddle is a stroke that is useful for beginners. The doggie paddle is a natural starting stroke for children. Get expert tips and advice in this swimming video tutorial.
Hypothermia can be a real danger when swimming in very cold water. There are both emergency and non-emergency steps the swimmer can take to prevent hypothermia. Get expert tips and advice in this swimming video tutorial.
Kick drills are important in swimming because they improve technique and build strength. There are unique kick drills for each of the swimming strokes. Get expert tips and advice in this swimming video tutorial.
Check out this instructional swimming video that demonstrates how to improve your swimming abilities by practicing the top three swim drills. Learn how to use "slow arm recovery," "quick catch" and "high swingers" to improve your swim stroke. Swim coaches use a wide variety of techniques to enable a swimmer to swim efficiently. Incorporate these into your work out to make your stroke effective with this swimming tutorial video.
A common trait of really fast breaststrokers is that they initiate the pull prior to lifting their head. In contrast, a common trait of Masters swimmers is that they bring the head up too soon in breaststroke and leave it there too long. Learn how to keep your head down during the pull to swim a faster breaststroke.
Six-Time Ironman Champion Dave Scott demonstrates several techniques to help ensure you're getting the most from your swim strokes.
Olympic Gold Medal winner Sheila Taormina demonstrates how to use proper technique for power stroke training in competitive swimming.
This video shows you how to properly do the front crawl when swimming. It's a great video for beginners and just getting the strokes down correctly. Swim the front crawl.
Impress the masses by making the biggest splash! Basically, learn how to do a cannonball, a can opener, a banana, and a few other giant splash creating moves. We like the watermelon the best.
You can learn how to do the elementary backstroke which is one way that you can swim. You lay on your back, kick with your feet, and push forward with your arms. Swim the elementary backstroke.
The freestyle, also known as the front crawl, is the fastest style in swimming today. This informative video details the proper form and technique of this very popular stroke, viewed from multiple angles above and below the water, while discussing the physical mechanics behind its effectiveness.
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...
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 ...
Increase muscle density by watching this two minute tutorial. Muscle density is important for keeping your body strong and active now and especially as you get older.
Tigers are common names for forms and routines in martial arts because they are creatures of bold, athletic beauty who usually remain graceful yet can pounce and kill you before you even know it.
You'll be a stallion in water (without the drowning) once you perfect this difficult training move to improve your swimming skills.
Challenge yourself with this swimming video, which teaches you a pre-swim exercise called the Dragon. As fiery and monstrous a move as its name suggests, it involves lifting a set of heavy (10-30 pound weights) from your hip to over your head and then jumping as the weights go up.
Breast strokes are pretty fun until you get to your 100th and each arm feels weighted down by 1,000 octopuses. It's nice to have agility and speed when careening over the vast seas, but for long distance swims it's best to also have strength.
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.
You may not think yoga, calisthenics (jumping), and dynamic flexibility are related to swimming (given that those former exercises occur on land and swimming occurs in water), but all three types of exercises strengthen your ability to swim with ease and strength.
Swimming does usually occur in water, but that doesn't mean there aren't land exercises that we land mammals can do to improve mobility for when we emulate finned fishies.