29 Oct How to do the freestyle swimming stroke
If you’re new to swimming or want to get a solid workout in the pool, freestyle is a great stroke to get you started. Swim freestyle at a medium to vigorous effort level for an hour, and a 140-pound person will burn upwards of 500 calories.
How to do the freestyle swimming stroke:
- You swim freestyle in a horizontal prone position (meaning face-down in the water).
- With pointed toes, you kick your feet in a quick, compact up-and-down movement known as the ‘flutter kick.’
- Meanwhile, your arms move in a continuous, alternating pattern: One arm pulls underwater from an extended position (in front of your body, bicep by ear) towards your hip, while the other arm recovers by sweeping above the water from your hip out to the extended position in front of you.
- To breathe, you turn your head to the side of whatever arm is recovering and inhale quickly before turning your face back down again. (Typically, you’ll breathe every two or more strokes.)
The hardest aspect of freestyle is the breathing, “However, it’s easy to work on with a kickboard.” Flutter kick while holding a kickboard out in front of you and practice rotating your face in and out of the water to breathe until you feel comfortable. (Here are some more tips to make the most of every swimming workout.) swimpro.com.ng/swimming