Relive your favorite recess exercise by watching this video on jumping rope, a simple but very effective cardio exercise that'll increase swimming stamina.
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.
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 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.
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).
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
Have an important swimming meet coming up? You better start practicing, and one of the best ways to improve your strokes is to practice some swimming drills. This video will outline 5 very important stroke drills to use for refining your swimming technique. Learn to swim faster and more efficiently with the following 5 drills:
Six-Time Ironman Champion Dave Scott demonstrates several techniques to help ensure you're getting the most from your swim strokes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In order to swim in a triathlon, according to Jodie Swallow‚Äôs 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...
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.
One of the hardest challenges for a beginning swimmer can be learning how to breathe properly. If you aren't careful with your breathing, you can end up with a mouth full of water and an unpleasant swimming experience.