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I can swim a lot of breaststroke, but not freestyle. Why?

Without actually seeing your stroke, I am going to make the guess that it is related to breathing. Breastroke, it is easy to do a slow stroke (and a 40 minute mile qualifies) and breathe in and out ...
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Why do professional swimmers breathe every stroke in freestyle?

"since breathing necessarily disrupts your flow" I think the amount of disruption relates to how far from perfect your form is. Since they need to breathe, they put a lot of work in perfecting their ...
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Exhausted after ice dipping

For someone cold-challenged, or actually in hypothermia, your body is going to use a ton of energy to rewarm you and you'd likely feel the effect of blood shunting. It's the difference between "a ...
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Best swim crawl to enlarge the shoulders

The shoulder muscles that contribue to the broad shape are primarily the deltoid muscles. This is the muscle that forms the bulk of the shoulder muscle mass, with three heads (Anterior, medial and ...
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Can hyperventilating increase lung capacity or fitness?

Hyperventilation is a legitimate method for increasing the proportion of oxygen in the blood for the purpose of things like holding one's breath. However, there is a caveat to it, namely that the body ...
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Calf cramp by swimming

Work on the flexibility in your ankles. You should easily be able to make a straight line from your shin down the top of your foot to your toes. This is the ideal position to get the most propulsion ...
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Feeling exhausted after swimming

5 hours of any workout would exhaust you for the rest of the day. Now regarding what to do next? Eat food to help you with your calorie needs and if possible, take a nap. That may not remove all the ...
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Hand position / form when swimming Crawl/Freestyle

You were likely taught to cup you hand in some beginner class. That's not so much "wrong," just ineffective & unnatural. It also doesn't add to your propulsive power as you may think. The cup ...
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Lost swimming cardio, replacement with jogging

Cardio is cardio. There are benefits and detriments to all of them, and what it basically boils down to is your own personal choice. Can running be a good replacement for swimming? Sure. There is ...
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What factors affect underwater swimming endurance and how to improve it?

The main limitation here is that the oxygen you inhale before you submerge, is consumed by your muscles as you swim. The more energy you use, the faster your oxygen depletes, and this is what causes ...
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What factors affect underwater swimming endurance and how to improve it?

Primarily lung capacity is the issue here, but the rate at which your body uses oxygen is determined by your overall fitness level, muscle mass and technical efficiency. As a competitive swimmer with ...
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Swimming Pools.... Why 33m long?

It seems to be based on the rules of Water Polo. The size of the pool is between 20 to 30 meters in length. It doesn't specify how deep the goals are supposed to be, but the standard seems to be about ...
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Calf cramp by swimming

You’re using too much kick in your swim, and may be kicking off the wall incorrectly. Distance swimmers don’t need a tremendous amount of kick - especially triathletes. You’re just going to tire your ...
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Why do professional swimmers breathe every stroke in freestyle?

I suspect they breathe that much because that's just how much they need to... when going all out at that pace. From what you described of your own experience, you seem to be doing more long-distance/...
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How to prevent swimming goggles from fogging

I'm surprised nobody posted the old classic: spit :) Apply a little saliva to the inside of the goggles (the panes, obviously), and rub with your finger. Works every time. Well known among scuba ...
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Endurance and stamina issues in swimming

While your question is somewhat confusing, the most common reason for beginners to get out of breath or tired after a very short distance is usually due to poor form and breathing problems. The most ...
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Best swim crawl to enlarge the shoulders

I have broken down the main strokes into their activated muscle groups. Note, you will have to do a lot (and I mean a lot) of swimming to see a big increase in your shoulders. It would be more ...
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What swimming technique is more effective for a cardio workout?

Of the two strokes you say you know, breaststroke is very difficult to learn to swim fast, and certainly hard to use as a cardiovascular exercise for any significantly long time. Assuming (by the fact ...
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How to make a swimming goggle fog free?

A cheap and fast solution is using saliva. I use quite frequently in all my glasses (swimming and spearfishing) since ever. It is quite effective. Water the lens. Spit on the inside and rub it. Wash ...
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Hand position / form when swimming Crawl/Freestyle

Back in the 1970's, the theory was to hold your fingers together. Then people started applying engineering and science to sports. One of the early investigations was of Dara Torres, involving the hand ...
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Freestyle swimming: When do you stop exhaling?

I am assuming that you are doing freestyle. Without actually seeing you, I'm guessing that you have a form problem, and/or are going slow enough that you aren't able to create the "bow wave" effect ...
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Swimming timing improvement help

As it is stated, it's not really possible to say for sure if you can get your 100m freestyle time down to 54 seconds in a year. 10 seconds in a year is a very big jump, but there are some things to ...
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Swimming timing improvement help

Hard to say without knowing your physical attributes, your technique or training program....But shaving 10s off in 9 months is a big task for anybody. I can only make these suggestions based on my ...
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Right leg becoming sore after swimming 1000m

For the first part of your question, 500m in 30 minutes is slightly faster than floating with the waves, unfortunately. Top high school boys will be near 4:30 (4 minutes 30 seconds) for that distance, ...
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Building endurance after long term injury

As someone who trains triathlon and has suffered badly from a cervical disc herniation, I suggest you stick with swimming for quite a while. The flat truth is that swimming is unique. I can run for ...
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APT and swimming

There are some warnings about rounded shoulders and swimming that I've seen. I am not familiar with it being an issue with APT, but I suppose it could be. My rounded shoulders took almost a year of ...
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Is it possible to swim 125 km in week?

Yes, it’s possible. Is it possible for the vast majority of people? No. Is it beneficial? No. How long would it take? 52 hours at a pace of 2.5 minutes per 100 meters. Here is one guy that could do ...
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My stomach turns when swimming due to inhaling and exhaling repeatedly

Is there some things one can do to make sure that his stomach won't bother him when swimming? I don't think that is something this forum can answer. We're not doctors and this question goes far ...
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My stomach turns when swimming due to inhaling and exhaling repeatedly

While a doctor's advice could help as the selected answer says, there are a few things to consider more directly from your description. "you have less than a second to inhale so it's a fast motion" ...
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Back muscles training - swimming vs stand up paddling (SUP)

As a lifelong swimmer, and current SUP and outrigger paddler I can give your first hand knowledge of both sports. Swimming can target back muscles, but most directly if you swim predominantly ...
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