7 Tips for Improving Your Swim Time and Performance

by Pool Builders on 04-23-2012 in Articles

Whether you are competing or just trying to improve your performance for personal gain, we have seven tips that will guide you in the right direction and help you improve not only your time, but also your performance.

1 - Practice. If you are not already, be sure to practice daily. We've all heard the saying "practice makes perfect," and this is correct for all aspects. You won't improve your performance or time by sitting on the couch, watching TV, and eating chips and candy. You have to be proactive and get outside to practice. If you do not have a pool of your own, many local gyms and cities offer pools for public use.

2 - Swim frequently. Practice is our number one option, but practicing once a week is not enough. Make sure you practice swimming frequently for best results.

3 - Time yourself. Each time you "race," time it. If you make a change to your stroke, kick, or pause for any reason you will see the difference in your time. Being aware of how long it takes for you to complete your course is a great way to bring attention to what you need in order to improve your time and performance.

3 - Stretch. Try flexibility training. Yoga and other activities will help you improve your flexibility, strengthen your core, and improve your endurance. These can all benefit how well you perform, and advance your time.

4 - Invest in a swimsuit meant for competitive swimming. By wearing the gear you need you will help get your mindset into your goal. Invest in a competitive swimsuit for the lightness, durability, and overall feel that it will bring. All of which will advance you to your ultimate goals.

5 - Challenge yourself. Challenge yourself by trying more advanced workouts, or by "racing" yourself by beating your previous time. Try running drills, or try racing against a friend or other competitor for the test.

6 - Try new techniques. If one technique is not working, try another. Invest in some videos or books which teach new techniques and style. Try these techniques and practice them until you master them. Then take these techniques and challenge them against your previous techniques. Keep going until you find what works best for you.

7 - And finally, make sure you are maintaining a healthy diet, body, and mind. Do not damage your body by ingesting unhealthy items or drugs. Make sure you are eating a well balanced diet that works best for you. Keep your mind clear, and stress free. By not taking care of your body and mind you will ultimately weigh yourself down when you are competing. Stress will distract you from your goals, and a poor diet will slow down your endurance. Keep your body clean, your mind clear, and your heart strong.

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