SWIMMING - IMPROVE YOUR BREATHING TECHNIQUE

How many times have you realized that breathing is the only hindrance you have while you undergo your swimming training?

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Pearl Sharrell

E-Sport Leader Swimming

We're all land creatures, it is inevitable for us to feel uncomfortable to breathe underwater. How many times have you realized that breathing Is the only hindrance you have while you undergo your swimming training?

Many times, trying to practice breathing while performing your strokes, slows you down. Hence, focusing on your breathing technique is extremely important to help you build confidence as a swimmer and also lets you enjoy your swimming training sessions. 

It's time to breathe better in water than in air.
 

HAVE A BREATHING TECHNIQUE  

It is necessary to have a breathing technique in order to assist you in your challenging swim exercises when you need to optimize your capacity and speed in water.

Develop a breathing technique and it will assist you during your challenging swim exercises when you need to focus on optimizing your lung capacity and improve your speed in water.

 

Key points to help you develop breathing awareness 

 

> Breathe in through your mouth as your head is on your side and breathe out through your nose when your head is back in the water. 

> Ensure that you breathe out slowly and nicely and then tilt your head to the side and take another breath. That is it. It shouldn’t matter if you breathe from one side or both but it is important to create a rhythm and stick to it Also, take in only as much air that you require and not a huge lungful.

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HEAD POSITIONING

During your warm-up, identify what side you prefer to turn your head to breathe in. Try keeping one goggle lens underwater and the other one out to create a split screen view. Also, ensure that you are breathing in as you turn, once you complete exhaling in the water. Try doing one lap while focusing on the right side, and the other lap while focusing on the left and another lap by switching sides, to help you create a bilateral breathing technique.
 

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TIMING

Focus on breathing every 2-4 strokes as you swim 3-4 lengths, which will have you breathing from the same side. Then, start alternating your sides by breathing every 4-5 strokes. Practice this until you perfect your breathing technique. Combine both the patterns as you practice for competitions. By the end, you can create your own breathing pattern that keeps you comfortable and helps you swim faster with ease.

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