4 Breathing exercises for smooth freestyle swimming. Progressions. Beginners

4 Breathing exercises for smooth freestyle swimming. Progressions. Beginners


On this video I will show you 4 breathing
exercises you can do to maintain a better, more horizontal position while swimming smooth
easy freestyle. The first exercise is to Grab the wall with
one hand, take a deep breath, put your face in the water and kick just enough to put your
body in a horizontal position. At this moment your are not exhaling. Hold your breath for about 2 seconds and let
about 50 percent of the air in your lungs out through your nose plus 20 percent with
your mouth. Take a quick breath through your mouth of
that 70 percent of air you let out. You will notice that in swimming you breathe
the exact opposite as if you were running. When you swim, you exhale through your nose
and inhale through your mouth. Notice that I don’t constantly exhale the
whole time my head is in the water. This is key to maintaining my upper body floating. I also don’t fill my lungs to their full
capacity. That would cause the problem we talked about
in our past smooth freestyle video. Practice this exercise on both sides, breathing
to the left and breathing to the right, until you feel comfortable with the movement and
the breathing technique. The second progression is very similar but
you will have a kick board instead of the wall and you will also do full strokes. Kick about 6 times and then take one breath
and a stroke. Notice that he is not exhaling while his head
is in place looking at the floor. Elite swimmers just exhale while the head
is moving up to the surface before breaking it and a little bit while on the surface. This all happens in a matter of hundredths
of a second while swimming fast. That is why you have to practice it slowly
at first and perfect it though repetition. The third exercise is the same as the second
but without a kick board. Usually swimmers have a preferred breathing
side but it is of good practice to learn how to breathe well from both sides. Notice that the second goggle barely comes
out of the surface, this is to make the breath fast and keep a good alignment of the body. The fourth exercise is simpler. Just kick with your arms down and move your
head to the side to take a breath. There is no arms’ movement. Focus on maintaining the hips high on the
surface of the water and take quick breaths the same way you practice on the other three
exercises. Now you are ready to do the whole thing! Swim one length of the pool on the smoothest
freestyle you can master, while taking short quick breaths. Try breathing every 2 stroke, every 3 stroke
and every 4 strokes. Notice the difference. Stop at the other end, control your breathing
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