How to Fix Your Freestyle Technique with SwimMirror
Tips for posture, line, and balance
So, you’ve got a SwimMirror and you’re eager to freestyle in the pool! But you’re probably wondering: what are some neat tricks I can do with SwimMirror? How can it help me fix my technique? Read on for some age-old tips and tricks from the pros for effective freestyling.
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Head and body positions are critical when freestyling to utilize your energy efficiently and breathe properly. Like using wearied tires when driving on the road, your body shouldn’t work against you; it should work for you.
Examine yourself in the mirror: Is your head too high? Is your back arching? Is your posture opened up? If yes, use your SwimMirror as a point of focus for the entire length of the swim to help correct your posture. Keeping your head down will align with your spine and keep your back from arching.
Although it might seem scary at first, letting your mouth and nose be in contact with water more often will actually improve breathing. Practice turning your head as your arm enters the water and return your head down quickly after each breath.
In our interview with Rowdy Gaines, he mentioned teaching kids to keep their heads up. “It’s like when your mom and dad tell you to sit up at the table, you know? Good posture.”
Swimming in a straight line can be the last thing on your mind when freestyling a lap. Luckily, while using SwimMirror, you can imagine a straight line running through it as it casts your reflection. Keeping this in mind, you can make sure that when your hand enters the water, it doesn’t cross the opposite side of your body. Imagining this line can also make sure your hand is tucked underneath the body during the pull phase. Practice doing this and you’ll be less likely to be zig-zagging in the water.
Next, try removing the lane lines to truly test yourself. You can arrange several SwimMirror panels into a triangle formation and track yourself as you are completing the circuit. Doing this will show you how straight you were during the course and you can repeat the path again to practice accuracy.
If you’re out of breath and feel like you’re losing balance, looking down at SwimMirror can help with a front-balance drill. First, start by facing down in the water as you’re floating and reach out your arms so that they’re in front of you and parallel to the mirror. Make sure the palm of your hands is facing down as you look downward. Time to start kicking! Raise your head to breathe, but quickly, your legs will start to sink. If you find this difficult, roll on your back, breathe and return to the original position.
Examine yourself in the mirror as you complete the drill, looking for how your body is positioned and keeping an eye on your legs to make sure it’s they’re gently kicking.
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