Making the Most of Your Lap Swim: A Lesson May Go A Long Way  

by Pool Builders on 09-18-2007 in Articles

If you swim laps for exercise in a swimming pool, then the following information is right up your alley--or in this case--in your swimming lane.

A lot has changed about the science and art of swimming--so much so that the swimming lessons you took years ago may not allow you to take full advantage of the many benefits of lap swimming today.

First off, here are some statements to help assess your current lap routine.

* I breathe comfortably and easily when I swim.
* I have a balanced and symmetrical swimming stroke.
* My arms feel more tired than my legs when I use a breaststroke or crawl.
* I feel a full rotation of my hips and shoulders when executing a front crawl.
* I feel relaxed and comfortable when moving through water--it's not a struggle, I swim with ease.

If any one of the above is NOT true, then you might want to consider taking a swimming lesson or two to refine and redefine your swimming strokes.

Don't be too surprised--with many recreational or exercise swimmers, simple passage of time has worn away practiced techniques and learned behaviors in such a way that you may not be taking full advantage of the "feel" today's swimmers have when in the water. This feeling--generated by maintaining balance, controlled breathing and proper swimming technique--creates a sense of unity and "oneness" with the water that makes swimming a measurably relaxing, yet exhilarating, experience.

If one or more of the above statements is not true for you, you may be executing swimming strokes incorrectly, adding unnecessary effort and strain to what should be an easy and graceful form of exercise. Advice from a swimming professional on technique, breathing and the correct feeling while moving through the water will move you rapidly toward becoming one with the water, and provide you with a more enjoyable, beneficial lap swim workout.

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