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5 Tips for Better Swimming This Year

Le 21 août 2018, 09:24 dans Humeurs 0

Ready to unleash some faster swimming this season?

Sure ya are—here are some proven ways that you can get more from yourself in the water this season, whether it’s hammering down on a high-performance mindset or spending a little extra time doing warm-down, let’s get you swimming like a rock star this season.

Write down your workouts. One of the hallmark characteristics of elite swimmers is their ability to be self-aware. This keen sense of objectivity allows them to make course corrections more quickly when things are going well (but could be going even better) and more importantly, when they aren’t going well at all. Writing out your swim practices and reflecting on your performance gives you a moment to step back from the pool and get a clearer idea of where to go from here.

Master your breathing. Swimming is a unique sport in that you have to work on your technique, strength, aerobic capacity, starts, turns and more, and then, on top of all that, you need to condition your lungs and respiratory muscles to time your breathing properly. There are a few different ways to improve your breathing capacity. There are different breathing exercises for swimmers that boost their lung capacity, including using a respiratory training device, breathing patterns, and hypoxic sets.

Work on your mental training. Similar to the point above, a lot goes into your swimming. But how often has your workout or your races gone to garbage because of a mental hang-up: Perhaps you were focused, or you weren’t motivated enough to push hard in training, or you got overly nervous before competition. You don’t need to go full tilt with everything that mental training has to offer, but you should target the problem areas in your swimming, committing ten minutes a day to get started.

Warm down after your intense workouts. Ever notice that on the nights where you train your brains off that it takes a while to get to sleep? That’s because your body is coursing with cortisol and adrenaline, which can take up to two full days to return to normal levels. A simple way to speed up this process, while also improving your ability to clear lactate from your blood, is to perform 15 minutes of active recovery at the end of your most intense workouts.

Foam roll it out. Foam rolling has become quite the fun thing to do for everyone from high performance athletes to casual gymgoers to those seeking physical therapy. When done properly foam rolling helps to decrease muscle soreness, it reduces arterial stiffness, can help you perform more explosively in the days following a tough workout, and can increase flexibility faster than static stretching alone. Commit to doing 10-15 minutes of foam rolling after your workout, and then again later in the day or the following morning to help loosen things up and promote blood-flow.

The Benefits of Swimming with Water Noodles

Le 19 mai 2018, 20:59 dans Humeurs 0

The pool noodle is one of the most enjoyable pieces of swim equipment kicking around the pool deck. The uses for it are basically only as limited as your imagination.

Whether you are just splashing around, learning to swim, or looking to get a serious workout in, there is plenty of awesomeness that comes when you pick out the best pool noodle for your water activities.

Here’s just some of the fun things you can do in the water with these bad boys:

Getting used to being in the water.

For those of us getting into the water for the first time it can be an intimidating experience! We watch the lap swimmers cruise back and forth with seeming ease and wonder how we will ever get that fast when we don’t even like putting our face in the water.

Using a pool noodle can introduce us to the water without having to wear a full size life jacket. Simply wrap it under your arm pits and lift your feet off the bottom of the pool and you are floating.

Play around with different positions—front, back—to get an idea of how to align your body in the water for max flotation and comfort.

Great for water jogging.

For those of us who are a little heavier (no judgement here!) using a water noodle is more comfortable than wearing a flotation belt. More importantly, it provides a decent amount of flotation that we don’t sink straight to the bottom of the pool when we are trying to run across it!

Teaches you how to float on your back.

Wrapping the pool noodle around you like a scarf and “falling” backwards across the surface of the water helps teach you how to float on your back. This experience can be a little terrifying for the novice to the water, but being comfortable on yoru back is wildly important for general water safety. Sure, you might know how to swim, but in an emergency situation you want to be able to turn and float comfortably on your back to rest and catch your breath. Using a pool noodle at first can help you achieve buoyancy in an effective manner.

How to buy swim goggles

Le 11 avril 2018, 03:38 dans Humeurs 0

Ready to hit the local lap pool and get in shape by crushing some lengths in the water? You’re in good company—millions take to their local aquatic facilities on the daily to get in shape. Swimming is fantastic exercise. Not only do you get a great aerobic workout (along with the lung capacity training that comes with having to hold your breath while swimming), but you are also able to get fit without thrashing your joints or exclusively targeting one area of your body.

But first thing’s first.

You need to get some gear to make sure that you are able to swim in style and safely. Once you’ve got your training suit all sorted out, then comes the next mandatory piece of swimming equipment: swimming goggles.

Why is it necessary to swim with goggles?

Goggles aren’t just for looking stylish (although that is certainly a factor). Swimming your local pool with goggles is important for a couple different reasons. The first of which is visibility and safety. Humans weren’t made to see underwater. It’s important to be able to accurately judge the distance to the walls, where other swimmers are at, and to be able to see where the black line on the bottom of the pool is at. The second reason is that goggles protect your eyes for the nastiness in the water. It’s always been thought that chlorine causes the red itchiness that happens when we swim in a pool, but that irritation is actually from chloramines, a byproduct of chlorine when it reacts with human waste and other foreign substances in the pool. So yeah, that’s what is going in your eye, so goggles keep that stuff out.

Are there prescription goggles available?

Yes! Swimmers with a prescription have options (although perhaps not as many as their non-prescription colleagues in the water, unfortunately) when it comes to buying goggles. Most of the major goggle manufacturers, including Speedo and TYR produce them. Speedo makes their flagship as a prescription swim goggle. For a more detailed breakdown on the best prescription swimming goggles go here.

What kind of swimming are you going to be doing?

Lastly, there is the question of what kind of swimming you are going to be doing. Are you going to be swimming indoors? Outdoors? In a pool? Doing open water swims? The place where you end up training will dictate what kind of goggles, including shape, tint, and materials that the goggles are composed of. Indoor swimmers, for instance, would do well to use cheaper goggles like Swedes which offer great line of sight and are relatively cheap (for the inevitable wear and tear from pool chemicals). Open water swimmers would use a pair of wider-brimmed goggles that give them a broader field of view. Whether you go with a lighter or darker tint on the goggle would also be influenced by how bright your swimming facilities (or river/lake/ocean) is.

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