I learned these techniques as a competitive swimmer during my childhood. After a 10-year hiatus, relearning breathing in the pool wasnt like riding a bike. It took some time to develop again so I can understand that it must be really difficult to new swimmers. Pawel Lewicki from Total Immersion can help you simplify this process with 4 Steps to Easy Breathing in Freestyle. Do you struggle with breathing during the swim? Do these steps help with the issues youve been facing or is it something else?
Swim drills are important for all of us, no matter how much experience we have. It helps keep us focused on our ever-important form!
When learning and drilling breath, it helps to understand that body roll movement is also key. The rotation of the head and body movement along the sagittal plane helps with the rhythm of the breath.
I found the greatest thing... Olympic Gold medalist Natalie Coughlin has workouts on iTRAIN.com. I tried them and she gives you specific coaching, and great breathing techniques...
YOu can find these at www.itrain.com under her gold workouts. Also it comes with a compatible video that shows the strokes.
As a newbie swimmer I understand and trying to get the breathing part right. Ive read numerous articles on breathing techniques and almost all of them conveyed that first get comfortable with water, like sinking unafraid and breathing out under water by forming bubbles,etc.
As of now Im in a phase where Im easy inside water and able to breath out comfortably under water without panicking.Next step being actually inhaling the next breath, yet to get there, still practising and playing in water
Breathing has been the hardest thing for me as I have worked to become
a better swimmer. However, I ended up doing a simple progression like
in the "4 Steps" article by Pawel. I remember even walking to a late class on campus one night and practicing as I walked, rolling my head from side to side. One of the hardest parts for me has been the speed that I have ot inhale. Even at a slow stroke, it is hard for me to draw a large amount of air in. I tend to have a long "intake" when I breath in which has been hard to shake in the pool.
I am a new "old" swimmer (over 60) and I really want to swim as I have bad knees and it's the only exercise I can do right now. I am still getting water in my mouth which slowly accumulates. Any tricks to avoid this? I am trying to inhale with my mouth and exhale thru my nose but still seem to be taking in water. Thanks!!