07 Jul How to improve your breathing while swimming
It would be great if you never had to breathe, wouldn’t it! You’d be so much faster if you could swim for miles without having to take a breath.
But you can’t. And you never will. ⠀ ⠀⠀
You have to breathe to keep moving, but nothing will interrupt a great freestyle stroke faster than the motion of taking a breath. Even the best swimmers in the world slow down slightly when they breathe.⠀
Getting the breathing motion right is critical to maintaining your speed.
The two major areas to focus on are: ⠀⠀
1. How long it takes you to breathe. ⠀⠀
The faster your breath the better. If you take too long to breathe, your stroke rate will slow down. You’ll sink slightly and lose your body position. ⠀⠀
2. The line your body holds when you breathe ⠀⠀
You must maintain a straight line with your arms and hips as you breathe. If your breath causes a change in angle or direction of your arms or side to side movement in your hips you’re going to be working against extra resistance and struggle to swim in a straight line.