Learning to Swim

  • armsandaheart

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    Jul 30, 2009 2:17 PM GMT
    Anyone in the process of learning freestyle? I've been working on it for close to a year, making decent progress with lessons and classes. Would love to share experience with other adult learners. It's a challenge, but a great one.
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    Aug 06, 2009 6:09 AM GMT
    Cool to hear it. I've never been much of a swimmer but one day I'd love to start getting in the pool and really work at getting good. Would be easier if I lived somewhere warmer, lol. icon_surprised.gif

    Keep it up!!!
  • armsandaheart

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    Aug 06, 2009 2:04 PM GMT
    Thanks!
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    Aug 06, 2009 2:22 PM GMT
    I have been swimming for exercise for about a year and half now. At first it was a struggle. I was fairly convinced swimming was drowning while moving forward. I picked up a Total Immersion book and within a week was pretty much at ease in the water. It wasn't a few more weeks knock out a mile of swimming. It wasn't fast but it was enjoyable. I have been working on speeding things up since then and have done a fairly good job taking time of my 100s.
  • armsandaheart

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    Aug 07, 2009 3:15 AM GMT
    Thx - i've also used that book. Balance is super important, taking me a while tho, but getting it. Total Immersion is good stuff, but more for folks that already can do the basics, it's great fine tuning. Swimming is GREAT!!
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    Aug 07, 2009 3:18 AM GMT
    I learned to swim about four years ago. One of the best things I've done for myself in a long time. I love it. My only regret is that I waited so long.
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    Aug 07, 2009 6:38 PM GMT
    I have been swimming since I was two or three but at 25 I took a stroke clinic to learn the butterfly. I had already been swimming regularly as an exercise and was strong for someone who had never competed in the sport. To my surprise my teacher however tore my freestyle and back strokes apart. I master the butterfly but strengthened my other strokes as well. I then was ready to swim with a masters team.

    Drop the shoulders and rotate is what you are probably learning. The power comes from your lateral muscles. Also the back stroke is not a windmill stroke but the reverse of the crawl. It's smart to take lessons as you will prevent injuries.
  • jrs1

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    Sep 02, 2009 7:59 AM GMT

    the 45 degree angles per stroke ... the breathing pattern of breathing every other stroke (or more) ... finding and settling into an appropriate kick set pattern ... ah, swimming is something that everyone should take the time to enjoy. water is such a great medium for distress release.
    as always, take it a day at a time and keep working through the difficulties!
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    Sep 02, 2009 9:08 AM GMT
    Okay... so who wants to teach me