How to Swim Faster Freestyle Instantly: 3 Mistakes Beginner Swimmers & Triathletes Make


If you’re either a beginner triathlete,
or you’ve been swimming for a while and you’re just looking to get a little bit
faster, stick around and I’ll tell you the three most common mistakes that new swimmers
make. Ok, the first most common mistake, and even
experienced swimmers are guilty of this: is crossing over with their hand. What you want
in a swim stroke is to have your stroke outside the centerline of your body. A lot of people
will tend to overreach, and they’ll come over the middle and they’ll cross that centerline.
What happens when you do that, is it’s hard for you to end up making a nice catch because
your shoulder just doesn’t want to move that way. So you want your arm a fair bit
out to the side. There’s a couple of ways that you can fix
this. The first way is really just to think in your head as you’re swimming, you want
your left hand to be reaching out to say the ten o’clock position, and your right hand
reaching out to the two. A second way to fix this, is to get finis paddles. These are freestyler
paddles, I’ll link in the description below to where you can get these if you want to
check them out. The nice thing about these paddles is that they don’t take a lot of
strength so they’re not very tough on your shoulder. And what they do, is they use this
keel under the bottom of the paddle to align your swim stroke, and if you’re going off
center the paddle will move. And what it allows your hand to do is just move down and the
paddle scoops around your hand. So it encourages you just to enter on a nice, straight line
in that ten and two position eliminating that crossover. The second most common mistake out there is
lifting your head out of the water, and that’s natural because we want to breath and the
airs up there. So people tend to lift their head out of the water and what that does is
if they’re lifting their, imagine this if your head and these are your feet, and you
lift your head: your feet sink causing drag, and then you sink even more. And what you
want is a nice smooth streamline all the way across being level in the water. One way that you can fix this is to think
as you’re doing your stroke, that when you’re moving the one goggle that sits lower in the
water actually stays in the water. So as you’re swimming, one goggle stays in the water, and
one is out. And if you always think that the water line is going to be here, you’re going
to lift your head nearly as much because the water is going to move around your head and
create a little pocket of air that you can breath from on the side. If you really want to step it up and get a
little bit sophisticated about how you fix about how you fix that head lift, is to use
a snorkel. And a snorkel is a very good training tool for learning how to keep your head steady
in the water. I’m going to warn you, it’s not nearly as easy as it sounds, but you can
still breath and all you need to focus on is a steady head and just moving your arms
in that nice side-to-side motion. It can’t just be any snorkel, it does have to be formed
a certain way so I’ll link in the description below to where you can find a proper freestyle
swimmers snorkel. And the third most common thing, and I was
very guilty of this when I first started, is going to hard when you’re learning how
to swim. It’s not like running, cycling, doing weights,
where the harder you go the faster you’re going to get at the start. At the start of
learning how to swim you really just need to be learning technique, and if you’re
thrashing around and struggling just to make it to the end of the pool you’re going to
have a tough time working on that stroke, and every learning how to balance properly
in the water. There aren’t really any tools to figure
this one out, you just have to get in your mind that if you go slower you’re probably
going to end up going faster. Particularly in a triathlon because if you go hard in a
triathlon you’re going to burn yourself out in the swim, and you still have to do
a bike and a run after. It makes a lot more sense just to slow down,
and be fresh for the rest of the race. And the same goes for when you’re in the pool.
And as you get comfortable in the water you can add in some fast 25s, fast 50s, fast 100s
maybe. But you’re not going to do a fast 1500 meter swim because there’s no reason
for it. So those are my three top tips for new swimmers
that want to get a little bit faster. If you’re a subscriber to A-Race, as always, hit that
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  • wow, that first tip made so much sense. definitely going to try that stroke.

  • Thanks for sharing this tip.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘for first tip.

  • The only problem with the 1 goggle in the water is when the water is real choppy. You will then have to turn your head more to make sure you don't get hit with water when you try to breath.

  • Taren, love you uploads great advice but…..those …swim turnks??)

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  • those trunks tho!..
    great tips, thanks a lot mate ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Hey, I'm going swimming tomorrow just for fun with my friends, does cupping your hands decrease your speed?

  • Great video, I have been guilty of all 3 these in the past haha.
    Video idea. I have my first half-ironman race coming up in 20 days, maybe make a video showing us(me haha) what your transition, nutrition, bike setup etc would be for this race. And maybe the differences between other distances?

    Cheers man.

  • Great advice, and very clear.

  • Slow is smooth. Smooth is fast

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  • thanks alot you are a life saver subscribed ๐Ÿ™‚

  • i am still learning but seriously face turning is most difficult for me,although my hands and feet are straight but when i turn my head i sink..

  • Thanks for the videos. Runner turning triathlete and your vids has been helpful. Thanks.

  • I really enjoy your videos. They help explain things and help me feel motivated.

  • Subscribed, great advise.
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  • Hey man nice video tutorial. Lately I have been experimenting with bilateral breathing( breathing every 3 strokes) while swimming freestyle. Previously I have been breathing every 2 strokes just to my right. I fell in love with bilateral breathing immediately because it feels a lot smoother and definitely more comfortable. My only concern is that can I bilateral breathe all the time when doing distance training? I swim about one mile(1.5K) per practice and I'm a little worried that breathing every 3 strokes will create hypoxia and create oxygen debt in my body( which can be bad for health in the long run since most long distance swimmers breathe every 2 strokes). What is your opinion on this issue?

    Thank You

  • So i used your video to guide me and now I'm better than i thought i could be…trying to become next Michael phelps ๐Ÿ˜

  • Hi Taren I read Tom's comments below and I have a similar problem. I am recently starting to transition from a 2 stroke breathing pattern in training to a 3 stroke breathing pattern. I am only going to do this in training and I will stay with my 2 stroke breathing when racing. I pay close attention to exhalation and I exhale continuously when my face is in the water. However I noticed that after about 200 yards of continuous 3 stroke breathing I seem to get extremely exhausted and it forces me to go back to 2 stroke breathing. I am NOT holding my breath underwater and I don't know what is causing this.
    Should I continue train myself to hold a 3 stroke breathing pattern in your opinion? What is the longest that you can go with 3 stroke breathing? Thank you in advance!

  • goooooooooood

  • Nice tips. Never realize that my hands reach are cross. Maybe its why sometimes I went diagonally instead of straight. Going to fix it. Thank you. One more question, can I swim faster by swinging my hands down (as soon as it enters water) before the other hands enter the water? Coz normally one hand stays until the other hands enters the water. I saw some athlete use that style in olympics to boost their speed. Is that legal for free style? Thanks coach.

  • Fantastic tips! Thanks!

  • awesome tips, plan on doing my first Tri in a couple months

  • what's up with the swimming trunks pal

  • Taren, I just used your third tip (one goggle in water while breathing) and I took 10 seconds off my 100 pace. Can't believe one little change made such a huge difference! Thanks for your videos!

  • thanks

  • Woww.. really it was helpful ๐Ÿ™‚

  • i had my first meet last night and i can already tell i need to improve most on freestyle. i got 6th place in a 50. but i did quite good on backstroke for the 200 medley relay. i came back 3rd (that's what i was told)

  • Thank you for your video. I have the first mistake. that's why I don't feel smoothly while swimming. 07/10/17

  • Where is his dick line

  • The best mindset I found for swimming with less energy is this : float on the water, don't fight to stay on top. If you lay face down in the water, and just lay there, you stay on top. The only difference when swimming forward is the pulling and kicking. Think "float first, then good kicking from your hips, then simple pulls with your arms". That's how I progressed. It helped a lot.

  • Superb tips. Nice video

  • These videos are helping me so much!

  • Why do I only see this video now, and not 2 months ago when I started swimming ๐Ÿ˜ขThanks for the tips!!!!

  • I now you can do a swim 100 meters

  • I clicked because I wanted to learn something and because of the comic sans in the thumbnail.

  • I really want to learn swim… i only can swin for a short distance…i hope this video can help me!

  • So…I have captions on and they make this guy look naked, like he's censored…lol

  • That swim outfit is amazing. What brand is it?

  • Awesome video man!

  • Thanks for clear instructions a beginner like me should think of when learning how to swim freestyle!

  • Thanks!

  • Hi! I was wondering if you could help me. I wanna try out for my school swim team but I have no experience. My school is really competitive and has been winning state for 25 years.I was thinking about doing joining an out of school team and try to prepare myself. Also my parents aren't really sure about the idea. They wanted me to do a sport and so I picked swimming( I have a feeling ). I'm not really sure how I can convince them but I don't want to do swim if I'm just preparing to fail. I'm planning to actually try and practice but as I said I don't want to do it if I'm just preparing to fail.
    Do you think I can/should do it? My school tryouts are in October.
    I was wondering if you could could give me tips on how to prepare, what to bring to tryouts and practice, what strokes I need to know, tips about swim and strokes, what gear I would need,how to do starts and turns, what conditioning exercises, etc.
    Also my school team is a swim+dive team. Do I really need to know how to dive?
    Also I know this shouldn't really affect my decision but I'm worried about what other people on the team will think. I'm not really friends with any swimmers but I know that they know that I don't do swimming. I'm just worried that everyone will judge me.
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    .
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    Also my tryout info is~
    ALSO sorry I have one more question I found what I need to be able to do for tryouts
    Swim 3 out of 4 strokes legally
    Swim a 200 freestyle continuously
    8 x 50 Kick- with a board on 1:00
    12 x 50 Swim- 3 of each stroke on 1:00
    8 x 100 Swim- freestyle on 1:35
    Is it possible for me to be able to do thus in a couple of months? Anyway thanks you to anyone who was willing to help!

  • Taren, you saved my bacon. I had gotten bad advice and was really struggling with my swim. When you said if I couldn't swim 400m without stopping…that was me. I watched your video of 3 basic techniques and worked on those for 2 weeks. I just swam 700m without stopping and am on my way to far more. I am now comfortable in the water. I went from sheer terror over my upcoming triathlons, to absolute confidence. Thank you, thank you, thank you. You are the man!

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