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.
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.
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.
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.
Do you overreach on your backstroke? Having a hard time keeping your hips up? Wondering how your hands should exit to initiate recovery? Want to get the feeling of where to start the pull? The swimming drill demonstrated in this how-to video is for you. Watch this video swimming tutorial and learn how to practice a double arm backstroke to practice your backstroke technique.
Teaching a child to go underwater may be easier than it sounds. Children have a natural reflex to go underwater but can lose it. Learn how to teach a child to go underwater in this swimming video tutorial.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Relive your favorite recess exercise by watching this video on jumping rope, a simple but very effective cardio exercise that'll increase swimming stamina.
The butterfly stroke may look tough, but the trick is in good form and technique. This how to video demonstrates some drills for improving, as well as demonstrating correct alignment and positioning. Check out this video swimming lesson and learn how to swim butterfly with proper technique.
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...
Sometimes the best paddles for swim training are the ones at the end of your arms: your hands. By manipulating the shape of your hands, as demonstrated in this how-to video, you can learn all kinds of things about your stroke. Far too many swimmers don't even think about how they use their hands. Learn how to improve stroke and use your muscles better by using different hand drills by watching this video swimming tutorial.
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.
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 ...
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.
The breaststroke is a great swimming stroke for beginners. There are four simple moves to learn in the breaststroke. Get expert tips and advice by following along with the coaching in this swimming video.
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...
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.
This quick how-to animation demonstrates who to do a back crawl turn in swimming. The hardest thing to do in the back crawl turn is to find the wall. There are a couple of ways to do this. The first is to look for the flags across the pool and count your strokes from the flags. The other is to count how many strokes it takes to get from one end to the other. You need to leave space to turn on to your front and tumble, so don't count all the way to the end of the pool.
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.
Swim guru Doug Stern shows you how to do arm recovery swimming drills. These drills help improve high elbow recovery. Drills covered are the finger drag drill, zipper (thumbsies) drill, and the sharkfin drill.
Another excellent breakdown of swimming the breast stroke. Memorize the leg and arm positions. It is important to glide and stretch to achieve ultimate streamline. Dr Rein Haljand explains each movement in detail.
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...
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.
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.