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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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dcroan dcroan 9 years
i post and subscribe and people usually respond to it.
heathero heathero 9 years
Can someone tell me how i can go about posting my Problem for comments?
dcroan dcroan 9 years
Where is a good place to swim here? Anybody have private club membership recommendations?
nicolevanmeter nicolevanmeter 9 years
I used to swim year round when I was in high school. Being on that team had me in the best physical shape ever. I really need to try adn get back to swimming when it warms up again. It will be a nice change of pace.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I want a pool. :(
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