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Everyone just talks about inhaling, but no one ever specifies whether to breath in your chest (shallow breathing, clavicular breathing, thoracic breathing), your stomach (Diaphragmatic breathing, abdominal breathing, belly breathing), or maybe both.

  • Does one of these techniques have an advantage over the other?
  • Is there consensus about which technique to use?
  • If so, why?
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    You are swimming, which is an exertion. When you exert yourself in exercise, do you want to take shallow breaths, or deep ones? I generally prefer deep breaths. – JohnP Apr 14 '17 at 15:35
  • I don't know and would like to learn it the correct way. At the moment, I take shallow breaths as it's easier, but very often I read (e.g. when it comes to running) that diaphragmatic breathing has some advantages - I just don't know whether it's the same for swimming. If so, then I'd like to learn this technique of course, but as it requires more training and readjustment, I want to be sure that it's worth the effort. – user25352 Apr 14 '17 at 19:04
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    I agree with @JohnP - I want as much oxygen as I can get, and that means using the diaphragm to do what it does so well - bring in lots of air. – Jon Custer Apr 16 '17 at 1:15
  • @JohnP I had always had the bite of air which is often referred to when swimming. To me it is just shallow. Moreover, I prefer to swim with my belly button pulled in (slightly) - which keep my leg together when kicking in freestyle – Prasanna Apr 21 '17 at 11:53

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