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How To Swim

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Published on May 11, 2010

http://www.rockstartriathleteacademy.... ROck star triathlete tells you how to get your swim on

As technical as the sport of swimming can be, it is tough to narrow down the
answer to the often-asked question, ³what should I concentrate on?² So, the
Rock Star Triathlete Academy at
http://www.rockstartriathleteacademy.... asked triathlon swim
coach Kevin Koskella about his top tips for how to swim better, and he came
up with a ³top ten² list of steps to improving your swim for a triathlon.
These aren¹t necessarily in any order, but should go a long way in helping
teach you how to swim better for triathlon, whether you are just a beginner
or trying to go pro!

1. Hand Entry. Slice your hand into the water right about at your goggle
line, and drive it forward. When learning how to swim, many swimmers attempt
to get as much ³air time² as possible by reaching the hand out before
entering into the water, but it is actually more efficient to go through the
water with your hand as you rotate from one side to the other.

2. Head Position. Keep looking straight down when swimming freestyle. It¹s
important to keep your head down with only a small part of the back of your
head out of the water. Also, as you rotate through the water, try not to
move your head with the rest of your body rotation.

3. Pull. In freestyle, your hands should pull all the way back past your
hips. The last part of the stroke before recovery (arms coming out of the
water) should be an acceleration behind you, and not up out of the water.

4. Kick. An important part of learning how to swim for triathlon is to try
minimizing your kick. Most people will kick extra hard to make up for lack
of balance in the water. Minimizing your kick will allow you to improve your
balance, as well as conserve energy.

5. Training Intensity. The best way to measure your training intensity is to
count your heart rate immediately after each swim. You can estimate your
heart rate by counting your pulse rate for six seconds immediately after
each workout. Add a zero to this count, and you will have your approximate
exercise heart rate per minute. Knowing your intensity, rather than just
"exercising" is a very important part of learning how to swim.

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