When we talk about improving times and getting the most out of our stroke, we are actually referring to being much more efficient in the water with Lifeguard Training. The Royal Spanish Academy defines efficiency as the ratio between useful energy and energy invested. It is important to know that we should not confuse it with effectiveness, which is defined as the ability to achieve what is expected. Swimming efficiency is one of the keys to achieving good times. For this reason, we want to show you a series of tips that will help you to be much faster and more efficient in the pool.
How to be more efficient in swimming?
Position the body well
A very common mistake that often occurs to many swimmers is to train with your head held high. Training with the head very high leads to lowering the legs and trunk, causing the resistance to progress to be greater.
To avoid this common mistake, it is recommended to train with your head down and only pull it out in diagonal movements to breathe. This will make our legs and hips automatically rise to the surface, offering us less resistance to progress, making us more efficient.
More information: Swimming Head Position: Looking Forward or Down?
Make a good support
Not performing a good support technique can limit us in our work. For this, it is extremely important to work on the perception and sensitivity of the hand in different supports and underwater trajectories.
If the hand is not well supported, it descends and allows the elbow to drop, breaking the correct position of the arm, making our stroke less efficient and much slower. It is important to know where and how to support us.
Your hips must make rollers
It is a rotation movement, which our hips must perform every time we go swimming or practicing, since it will allow us to slide our body to a smaller surface and will help us lengthen the stroke. With this we will obtain greater speed, making us more efficient.
Symmetry in swimming
It is common to see how one of the hands enters too open or more crossed compared to the other and we can even see how one member exerts more pressure on the water than the other. To correct this problem, both muscles must be worked equally, in this way we strengthen the weak part.
Use of competition material
It is not strictly necessary that you wear competition swimsuits, but it has been shown that it is a fundamental piece to improve your times when competing.
control and fluidity
To be more efficient it is essential that our movements in the water are fluid, harmonic, clean and controlled. In other words, we should not fight against the water, but rather be part of it, in this way we prevent our body from being more tired than it should be due to training.
Buoyancy depends directly on the weight of a person and hydrostatic thrust. That is, the greater the weight of the person is, the greater the pushing force, the person will sink. In swimming, buoyancy is greatly exploited, which by performing in a good position in the water will help an easier movement.
Now that you know the best tips to achieve efficiency in swimming, don’t hesitate to put them into practice to make your stroke more efficient