Awesome Swimming Question (getting moving in the water, fatigue) #swimlesson #fatigue #conditioning


Alright Hello Swimmers, I’ve got another question
and this one is on Facebook…it’s from Louie. He’s addressing a problem that a lot of swimmers
probably deal with regularly. We’re going to go through this point-by-point. I’m going
to try to make a couple of points to help him out. What he is struggling with is, he’s
a marathoner. He does half-marathons and biking but he has trouble with the swimming part
because he feels like he gets exhausted really quickly on the swimming part. Well there are
multiple answers to this. So I’m going to try to break this down bit-by-bit and hopefully
this makes sense. Swimming ‘shape’ is not the same as other ‘shape’ and you’ll see that
in swimming you’re going to be using all of the muscles in your body–just about all of
the muscles in your body. So it’s a full body conditioning. A lot of times with running,
you condition your cardiovascular and you condition your legs. And you may feel that
sometimes your upper body can be a little fatigued if you start doing upper body things.
So it’s a different kind of shape. Now with the breathing, the breathing section. Breathing
is something that is very critical to an athlete as far as making sure they’re getting the
most bang for their buck while they’re doing their athletic event. You have to have a very
consistent breathing pattern so your body knows what’s going on. If you confuse your
body, if you confuse your lungs with an erratic breathing pattern or just an inconsistent
breathing pattern then you’re going to wear out a lot more quickly. So if you’re struggling
with ‘getting exhausted’ then it may have something to do with your breathing pattern
that you have in place. Being ‘in-shape’ is not really just physically how you look. You
can look skinny and be in horrible shape. Being in-shape refers to how well your body
processes oxygen. So you need to be very consistent with the delivery method of oxygen. What I
tell swimmers when they come to me with this problem, as far as they get tired really quickly
and they don’t understand because their a good athlete in another area then they get
in the pool and they’re worn out really quickly or they don’t seem to be going anywhere when
they get into the water but they’re trying really hard. The big thing that I tell them
is to make sure that they back up in the process of becoming a swimmer and to make sure that
they have the basics in-line. There’s a few basics that are super duper critical to have
in-line, a lot of times when swimmers master these things everything else falls into place
really quickly and then they don’t even realize that they had certain things out of line.
The first thing is that I would back up to floating skills and make sure that you’re
an efficient floater both on your front and your back. And that’s making sure that you
are able to stay flat in the water, so you’re staying up and making sure that you have a
consistent breathing. But the big thing is making sure that you have a good balance between
your upper and lower body. Specifically between your head and your hips making sure that those
two things are balanced in the water, outside of, keeping them up because you’re swimming
or because your kicking. The next thing that I would add, I would add a nice streamline
because that’s going to help you especially if you’re swimming in a pool. That’s going
to help you maximize your speed and make you much more efficient in the water if you’re
sliding through the water and you’re not fighting the water in any way. So I would really work
on your streamline. Now the next thing that I would add is a very controlled kick. If
you get the floating and the streamlining in-line and then all of a sudden you throw
in a monster fast kick then it’s probably going to throw off the balance that you have
with your body. you have to baby this a little bit when you first start, and it sounds like
you’re a pretty good athlete so you should be able to master this pretty quick. But if
you throw it off with “OK I’ve got the floating down, now I’ve got the streamline down, Now
I’m going to go for it with the kick” …a crazy kick, it’s going to throw everything
out of sync. So make sure that you start off with a very consistent, controlled kick and
that will help everything to stay balanced until you really get a good feel for that
with your body. Now, the last thing that I’m going to tell you are far as getting tired
really quickly. Most swimmers that get tired really quickly—either they’re not in very
good ‘swimming shape’ or they fight the water when they’re swimming which means they are
not moving through the water they’re battling the water trying to make themselves go forward
and they’re creating a very, very turbulent environment by splashing the water, slamming
their arms down or trying too hard at the very beginning and you’re making a crazy water
environment that you’re trying to move forward through….doesn’t work that way. So once
you get the floating down, then the streamlining, then a controlled kick…I would start off
with a very slow controlled stroke. So you feel yourself pulling through the water rather
than battling the water by slamming your arm down. If that’s what you are doing, I don’t
know if that’s what you are doing or not but if you’re doing anything close to that make
sure that it is very controlled. Once you get that feel of a good balance and a nice
consistent force that’s sending you forward. Then all of a sudden everything will be in-sync
and you’ll be able to speed it up. And once you’re able to speed it up then you’ll get
to see how fast you are, you’ll be really efficient and you be going 10X farther without
being half as tired. I hope that helped you out, I know that was a long one but it’s got
a lot of good stuff in there. Especially for someone who really can’t figure out why it’s
so difficult to move forward through the water and you’ve got all of this effort going on.
I hope that helps and if you guys have any other questions..then please let me know and
I’ll do my best to explain. I hope everybody is doing well out there and take care…BYE

Comments 3

  • Thank you very much Aaron, I am a big fan of you , I watch almost all of your videos and have already benefited from the tips you provided. I am a beginner swimmer and having almost the same problem, the pool I go to is 20m L
    And 10m W . I only swim width wise as I have to take a break for few second after each length but after 7-8 lengths  no matter what I do I lost my form and I don’t have the energy to move even a tiny bit not my arms nor my legs this scares me to try deep end. I work out 5 days mostly resistance training and I don’t think fitness is my problem. I have couple of questions 
    How do I keep my body streamline DURING the strokes? I am able to maintain streamline position when I start the length as both of my arms tightly wrapped at the back of my head but how do I maintain this position during strokes?
    How to perform slow strokes and kick? How slow does the movement have to be? How do I keep myself stay afloat with slow movement?

  • What did the fish say when it hit the wall?
    Dam!
    Should a beginner start with floating and streamline or start swimming inefficiently(or efficiently if he's a dude) and then figure out what's wrong with his technique and make it correct?

  • I will explain what I do in the pool so that u can really understand the problem as it's been three weeks I m not progressing at all n now I feel like quitting: I hold my breath n slide in the water making a good stream line n then I slowly start making a flutter kick, breath still holding n I try to move my hands so that I can move forward plus kicking faster but the problem: the moment I start releasing my breath into the water, my hips sink even though my head is down, I struggle n struggle but get freeze at one place, looses breath n stemina as well as courage. Same thing is happining. My teacher says that I need to really use more n more n more power from legs so that I can move ahead. Though I saw many old people swimming smoothly with not much power from legs, I have no idea why my hips just doesn't come up even though I stretch my hands head down the moment I release breath my hips just sink, please please please help

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