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Breathing Technique

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Developing a good breathing technique is perhaps the biggest challenge for beginner and intermediate swimmers. Problems with breathing can easily knock on into other parts of the stroke. For instance, breathing can cause scissor kicks, poor body position, cross-overs and lop sided strokes.

Many swimmers have a problem with their stroke that is related to their breathing technique without realizing that their breathing is the cause of the problem.

The most common problem swimmers have with their breathing is not exhaling under the water. If you exhale under the water between breaths you only have to inhale when you go to breathe. This makes things much easier.

When you’re not breathing, keep your head still

Only turn your head to breathe. This will feel a little strange at first but should quickly start to feel much nicer. You’ll find you feel much more coordinated with the rest of your stroke too.

don’t lift your head when you breathe

With the trough or pocket of air by your head you don’t have to lift your head up to breathe. To breathe into the trough you just have to rotate your head a little without lifting it. If you try and lift your head you disturb the bow wave, reducing the trough. Also, when lifting your head you tend to breathe too far forwards – and try and breathing over the high front of the bow wave.

don’t over rotate your head

To support yourself you tend to cross-over with your lead hand creating a banana shape with your body. This causes you to snake down the pool from one side to the other. A scissor kick is also very likely.?To correct this, you need to get used to breathing into the trough. If you develop a stiff neck whilst swimming, it’s very likely you are either lifting or over-rotating your head to breathe. This puts great strain on your neck muscles. Improve your breathing technique and the stiffness should quickly go away.

learn to breathe bilaterally

Here at Swim Smooth we believe that learning to breathe bilaterally is an investment that will pay you back every swim for the rest of your life. That’s because it helps develop a symmetrical stroke technique which will make you cut straighter through the water.

Written by juice38

January 13th, 2015 at 1:05 pm

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