Yesterday afternoon I had a session with Hannah, my Equinox trainer, and after she kicked my behind into shape (and I mean that literally), I had a swim lesson!
I love jumping into a pool after strength training since one of my Spring fitness goals is to become a more efficient swimmer. We did clear up one important thing — everyone swims faster when being watched, and this is why I often feel out of breath at the end of every lap. Aside from pointing out self-conscious speediness, Hannah also continually offers great pointers for cleaning up my stroke, but one tip from yesterday's session really stuck: rotate. While I have been able to imagine my body rotating like a propeller powering through the water, yesterday I actually felt it while in the pool. The trick is to twist the shoulders and the pelvis evenly, not just one section of the torso. This means your abs have to work since they bridge the gap between your upper and lower torso. Yep, having a strong core helps with swimming too!
To see a video of some nice smooth, rotational swimming read more.
After watching that, don't you just want to jump into a pool?