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Swim Tip: Freestyle and Head Alignment

Swim Tip: Full Speed Ahead

I just bought a new suit for lap swimming and while it is not very fashionable, I feel like it helps me swim very fast. One thing that also helps with speed when swimming freestyle, aside from a shiny black racer back suit, is keeping your nose pointed toward the bottom of the pool. This will aim the top of your head toward the direction you are swimming. Another way to think about it is to "hang" your head. You don't need to hold it up. Cranking your head forward creates unwanted neck tension and also makes you less efficient. You want to try to maintain a straight line between your head and your spine.

Now if you're looking to swim so you can put this tip to work, try this workout: Get It Up - Your Heart Rate, That Is: Swimming.

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