Finding Swimwear For Body Type

If your hips and breasts have close or nearly equal measurements and your waist is small and defined, you have the hourglass body type, which is the same as Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Alba. Basically you can wear anything, from a bikini to a monokini, since your body is proportionate. If you are a bit voluptuous and are conscious about your upper body, you could get halter bikinis that are banded around the midriff, so you get the right amount of coverage and support. If you are wearing a one-piece suit, see to it that the straps are thick and the bust area has foam cups or under wirings. If you are a skinny hourglass babe, go for string bikinis with triangle tops or bandeaus. Avoid color blocking though in your ensemble, as this may contradict the proportionality of your body.

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Swim A Breaststroke Race To Victory

Swimming fast is as much about reducing resistance as it is about producing force. As soon as the body moves out of a streamlined position, the water slows the body down. The breaststroke action moves a long way from a streamlined position and as a result is the slowest stroke. As soon as the swimmer lifts their head to breathe, the legs are pushed downwards and the water hits them like a brick wall.

To overcome this problem the swimmer must do what they can to return to a streamlined position after each stroke. This is the key to swimming fast breaststroke. Training should be centred around both generating power and reducing resistance. One of the most common mistakes made by a swimmer when trying to race quickly in this stroke is to stroke too fast.

Increasing the stroke rate to create more speed is crucial to any swimming race. … Read the rest

Medley Workouts

The Strokes

The butterfly can be a challenge for both beginners and advanced swimmers alike. With practice, the butterfly still might not be your favorite sport, but it can be manageable and a great way to start your IM training. If the stroke’s motions get water into your nose, pair your training with the Finis Nose Clip that features an anatomic design to help keep water out.

The backstroke is often a welcomed recovery stroke, especially after the rigorous butterfly. Really stretch your arms up and out and feel your chest and lat muscles work while swimming this stroke. Focus on getting a good push-off and start from the butterfly into the backstroke to make the most of its time during the IM.

The breast strokes rhythmic timing can also make it a more difficult stroke to master. If your kick is weaker here, try pairing your IM training with … Read the rest

Hand Paddles Explained

Water Gear AquaFlex Paddles have adjustable fan blades on each side which allow the user to vary resistance level in the water. Their innovative design functions to increase resistance in the water for an upper body workout; however, they can also be used for therapeutic purposes. Try swimming freestyle while holding them, or even submerging to your shoulders and clapping with them for a chest workout. These are paddles you can certainly get creative with!

The Finis Freestyler paddles are the only paddles designed specifically for improving your freestyle stroke. The blade on the underside facilitates improvement of freestyle technique. These paddles glide across the water like miniature surfboards. Getting your elbows up high is important for freestyle swimming, and these paddles were designed to assist with that aspect as well as with maximum elbow extension. The Finis Freestyler paddles also facilitate proper hand position and entry into the water. … Read the rest

Open Water Swim Race

Preparations

Arrive to the race start with plenty of time. You want to avoid rushing when putting on your wetsuit. To prevent tears, use BodyGlide, go slowly and pinch the neoprene instead of digging into it. You must wear your race cap but you may want your regular cap underneath for extra warmth. Prepare your goggles by using an anti-fog treatment. I find that Foggle wipes work best.

Entering the Water

With a beach start, run straight into the water until about hip deep, then dolphin dive. This involves using a butterfly-like stroke while diving down. You can grab the sand with your hands to help propel you forward. Put your feet down and push off the bottom. Repeat as necessary until you are past the waves and the water gets deeper. Practice this start either in a shallow pool or at the beach to master the skill.

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Swim The Butterfly Stroke

Arms Under and Over

The arms work together at the same time. Both arms come out of the water over the head and around in a circle – vertical to the water. The arms land out stretched on top of the water in front of the shoulders.

They now have to push down towards the toes, and when they reach the thigh, they need to come out of the water, go over the head and land outstretched in front of the shoulders.

It is similar to doing the crawl with both arms at the same time.

The Kick

The central part of the butterfly stroke is the kick. A kick that requires the legs and feet to be stuck together and act like a dolphin’s flipper. The legs should work together in unison in a fluid wave like manner. In the beginning wearing flippers may be a good idea to … Read the rest

Fitting Swim Gear

Goggles

While most goggle models don’t come in various sizes, there are various models that are designed for certain swimmers. Aqua Sphere has various Lady goggles available for female swimmers. This line is specifically geared towards women that have smaller face frames. Unlike larger goggles, these form-fitting frames won’t let in water from the sides. If you’re a fitness or competitive swimmer, try the form-fitting, ultra clear Aqua Sphere Kaiman Lady Goggle.

Both men and women will enjoy goggles that use a unique technology called ‘positive pressure system’. Found in many Barracuda goggles, this system allows the goggle’s frame to stay firmly in place without the feel of uncomfortable suction. The lenses are able to seal themselves into the eye socket for a comfortable, leak free fit. The Barracuda Standard Optical Grade Goggles produce a great seal and fit for any type of swimmer.

Fins

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Breast Stroke Drills

Straight Arm Dolphin

What it helps: Feel for exact arm movements

This drill incorporates the dolphin kick in order to give your arms, hands and fingers a better feel for the water. Kick off from the wall, hands straight out in front of your body. Perform the dolphin kick and really feel your hands leading your body up and down in a gentle undulation. When you need to come up for a breath, perform a compact breaststroke upper body stroke to help bring your head to the surface. This drill can be performed with or without hand paddles. The Finis Agility Paddles work great with any stroke, but are especially good with the breaststroke because they increase a swimmer’s awareness of the hand and arm.

High Heel Kicks

What it helps: Kick efficiency; improves extension and glideIn this drill, instead of laying face down in the pool, you’ll want to … Read the rest

Swim Fins

Long Length Fins

When most people think of fins, something like a long length fin is usually the first thing that comes to mind. Used primarily for diving and recreational use, long length fins help displace a large amount of water with only minimal effort. Unlike training fins that need short, fast kicks, long length fins, also known as paddle fins, are designed to help swimmers conserve energy and oxygen usage. This is especially important for SCUBA divers that have to monitor their air intake. Because long bladed fins lengthen the legs’ natural lever in the water, the fluid kicking motion easily pushes swimmers through the water.

Split or Channel Fins

Fins that feature medium length blades with a split running down the middle are considered split fins. Their unique design helps swimmers kick through the water with a good deal of propulsion while reducing drag. The splits in the … Read the rest

Shoulder Rehabilitation for Swimmers

Physiotherapists and sports masseurs have been using pre habilitation to ensure that athletes stay at the top of their game and obviously to minimise the risk of injury and then having to enforce rehabilitation as part of the plan.

One of the best shoulder rehab exercises for swimmers or even upper body athletes is shapes, quite simply the shoulder’s make the relevant alphabetical shape during a four movement functional movement pattern. This session can be used as a warm up, part of a conditioning set or on a stretching routine where functional movement patterns form part of the stretching. The following movement pattern may help to improve fine motor skills used during swimming, the above exercises can be used for any sport where shoulders are an integral part of the sport,

The exercises can be done with bodyweight, dumbbells or bands to add resistance, start with bodyweight and build up … Read the rest