How Do I Swim Better?

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    Oct 10, 2011 2:04 AM GMT
    Sometimes I swim flat back, other times I make sure I'm on my side.

    When I'm on my back, I'm wondering if my knees should come out of the water slightly.

    If I'm following the Total Immersion way of swimming where you don't swim like a flat bed tank but more on the diagonal to get less drag, the knees, obviously wouldn't come out of the water.

    What do you think?
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    Oct 14, 2011 1:56 AM GMT
    Are you talking about a backstroke? Watch Ryan Lochte. Notice how his body rolls side to side. The key to the backstroke is to let the rest of your body roll naturally as your arms go above your head and back around to your side. The head always stays centered with the face above the water. The kick is just to keep momentum, but it never is the source of the power in the stroke.

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    Oct 14, 2011 2:18 AM GMT
    Awesome instructional video. THANKS.

    One thing I can tell you I'm not doing is keeping my head centered.

    The body rolls, so there is no backstroke on the back which would give rise to the question of do the knees come out of the water to make sure one is activating the thighs. I don't want to just kick with my calves and feet.

  • LJay

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    Oct 14, 2011 2:36 AM GMT
    Take some Red Cross lessons. Tell the teacher what you are trying to accomplish and you'll be able to get some good pointers.