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comment Learning to swim without water or a pool
Fear of asphyxiation is a natural instinct, like fear of heights. Like all mammals and more than some, we also have adaptations specifically for aquatics. Of the many new swimmers I have taught (although I have spent far more time coaching competitive swimmers than instructing new swimmers), a number of adults and older (7yo+) swimmers have shown me that if aquatic abilities are not developed, a very logical fear of water is often instilled. On the other hand, some aquatic and mammalian diving instincts can be easily demonstrated on infants. Blow cool air in an infants face.
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comment Learning to swim without water or a pool
JohnP, with all due respect, I have been at this a long time and have seen it help acclimation before, not that anything is a replacement for swimming. Since the asker is asking what they can do without a pool, however, it is better than nothing.
Apr
29
comment Learning to swim without water or a pool
Thanks, @Sean Duggan, that is far more to the point.
Apr
29
comment Learning to swim without water or a pool
Actually, in this case what is needed is comfort for being splashed or submerged, hence recommending submerging for a short time, shorter certainly than is needed for fitness or competitive swimming.
Apr
11
comment Endurance and stamina issues in swimming
Anyone, even the most fit, will become exhausted after swimming a short distance if they are fighting the water. Are you leaning hard forward so your hips are riding high in the water? Do you have your face in, and rotate it to the side to breathe? Do you keep your legs relatively straight while kicking?
Nov
10
comment Why do I consume so much air?
Some very fit people can use more oxygen than the average person. Although they are more efficient for the same action as another person, they can simply do more and require a higher metabolism to do so. Higher metabolism requires higher oxygen.
Aug
16
comment Will this be enough to make me fit
Unless very obese you shouldn't focus on weight loss at your age, just fitness and healthy eating. You haven't given enough information to determine if you even should lose weight, as BMI charts are useless. You train a lot, and I suggest that you read books and watch YouTube videos about cooking and working out to help make your training more effective.
Oct
8
comment What are good home-exercises for a 7-year-old swimmer to increase stamina, endurance and GPP?
A competitive group for 7 year olds (or 9yo for that matter) should always focus on skills but as they are taught, reinforce them through reasonable distance, repetition, and varying effort to eventually transition each skill to actual racing events, and then go to actual meets periodically to test those skills. If this isn't happening, at risk of there being "too many cooks", perhaps it is worth considering those lessons for some of the training. Tough choice, but you are considering the right things!
Oct
8
comment What are good home-exercises for a 7-year-old swimmer to increase stamina, endurance and GPP?
It sounds like you are concerned about "junk yardage", and I would be too as a long term concern. I can't count the number of 12&O swimmers I have worked with who were previously injured by pushing it without great style. It would also be a shame to have to choose between lessons and a competitive group, as kids get motivated by being together in a team. [cont]
Oct
7
comment What are good home-exercises for a 7-year-old swimmer to increase stamina, endurance and GPP?
b) In my opinion both as a parent and USA-S coach, I completely agree with you. I have a growing sample of kids who perform better than most 5 day a week swimmers in my region.
Oct
7
comment Swimming practice for adult beginner
You need a course that will teach you how to be comfortable in the water and balance horizontally well if you want to become a lap-swimmer! Don't worry about buoys yet. They are a crutch if you don't already know something about balance.
Sep
11
comment (Re)Learning how to swim
The point, however, was not about FQS, but about TI being a useful tool on the path.
Sep
11
comment (Re)Learning how to swim
Front quadrant swimming as a concept pre-existed TI by quite a bit. It is discussed in Swimming Even Faster and many other publications, and along with modifying the center of buoyancy, is based on a 'long hull' hydrodynamic concept. I didn't see any Olympic marathon or distance swimmers last time around who neglected this concept completely.
Sep
11
comment (Re)Learning how to swim
I'd say that the skills in Total Immersion is necessary but sometimes not sufficient for meeting speed goals. Balance, rolling, and front quadrant swimming are an essential foundation that optimal propulsion can't decrease the need for.
Aug
8
comment Advantages of using the sidestroke
It is only more efficient when such military considerations as equipment, profile, and visibility are required. Compared to well executed freestyle or backstroke, it will take more energy and time to complete a distance, or it would be used more often in open water competition, where any stroke is legal.
Jul
8
comment Swimming for Fat burn
@TheSurrican, opinions aside, it actually does, and can be scaled to more exercise than almost any other. At one point in my youth I needed 5000+ calories a day to prevent being underweight, all from swimming. In the macro scheme, a calorie burned is a calorie burned.
May
19
comment Eating before workout
You absolutely eat before, perhaps during, and after a 120 minute workout, regardless of what kind of workout it is. Eat light, but eat. Prevent cramps and overtraining.
Mar
29
comment Body angle during freestyle
I am a Masters and USA-S coach. I do utilize TI techniques for myself and my swimmers but am not affiliated.
Oct
14
comment What are equivalent swimming and running speeds?
This is the best conversion I have seen, but many triathletes are swimmers as an afterthought so comparing a dedicated swimmer with a dedicated runner might bring a different result. Also, a 100m comparison, with water resistance at speed, won't compare closely to distance.
Aug
24
comment Swimming for muscle building and fat burn
In my youth I was a good regional/state swimmer at 6' and 185lb, and extremely lean. While cross training with weights helps, much of it has to do with avoiding overtraining and focusing on power and sprinting.