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Swim smoother and breathe easier in freestyle with shoulder rotation

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Published on Aug 10, 2017

When swimming freestyle one of the main problems beginners have is the lack of rotation in the stroke. in this video We will analyze why it is important to rotate and we will post a video of drills to help you rotate correctly later on.

The main benefit of rotating is to prevent shoulder injury. When you rotate, your shoulder is in a better position to recover. If you don’t rotate then you will be overextending this part of your shoulder. If you do rotate, the whole arm will be more relaxed and you will have more power to use where it matters most, the pull.

While your head is steady, your whole body is rotating. Except when you are breathing. When you breathe your head rotates with your body, allowing your mouth to stick out of the surface to take a breath. It is a lot easier to breathe when your body rotates. So if you are having trouble breathing in freestyle, the lack of rotation might be one reason why.

Another benefit is that when you rotate, you are in a better position to pull water using bigger muscles. When you position your body like this your back and chest muscles will be ready to pull, as opposed to just using your shoulder muscles. The bigger the muscles the more powerful your pull will be and the faster you will swim.

The last benefit is that you’ll be able to swim smoother. By rotating you will be able to glide more. The more you glide effectively the less strokes you will need to do per lap. With your core muscles you will be applying a torque force to move forward.

All of this to say, I strongly suggest that you rotate when you swim freestyle. And I will show you how to practice your rotation in a future video, so make sure to subscribe.

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