In any sport, it is essential to have well learned the technical bases to get the most out of our training. Swimming is one of the more technical disciplines because if not done properly, it is wasting a lot of energy. If we are starting to swim, we must find a teacher to guide us. Otherwise, we run the risk of making mistakes that later become very difficult to correct vices.
The most common mistakes when starting to swim
Paddles are instruments used to train strength in short swimming. A very common mistake is to perform long sets with the paddles, thus straining the muscles and causing injuries.
Another instrument that is often misused is the pull boy. This tool is for training the technical part, not the strength. It allows swimming students not to use their legs and to train the correct use of their arms. If the student uses the pull boy to avoid the effort of keeping the hips high, it is preferable to replace it with rubber on the feet. In this way, we force the student to keep the hips high on their own.
There are also more common errors from the posture, such as raising the head excessively, arching the back, bending the knee, or swimming with the foot retracted and not extended, which prevents pushing the water well.
Tips to get started in swimming
When starting to swim, the most important thing is to pay attention to technique, not speed. The strokes have to be smooth, without splashing. The idea is that we slide through the water.
To avoid the mistake of raising your head excessively, a good recommendation is to look towards the bottom of the pool.
Stretching the body and arm to the maximum is essential to take advantage of the stroke’s full span.
Controlling your breathing is key to getting started in swimming. Inhalation should be done through the mouth, when the arm is out of the water and preparing to enter again.
In breaststroke swimming, avoid raising your head a lot or for a long time. If we do this, the chest will slow down the water and slow down.
Another breathing tip is to control your rhythm. Inhalation should be fast, and exhalation should be slow and leisurely. In this way, we will make the most of the air entry and exit.
Create less resistance by swimming in a smaller tube. It is common to make the mistake of extending the area where we swim. If we manage to stay in a smaller area, the resistance of the water will be less.
Loosening up the intensity of the swim helps the body relax after strenuous activity. It is important to alternate the work of the muscles and relaxation to go from tension to relaxation and thus train intelligently to improve our performance.