Freestyle w/fins

Freestyle w/fins. Meet Matthew. This was a college student who I trained from the ground up. When he came to me he did not know how to swim and within six months developed into what you see in this video. After teaching body awareness and body balance, I move onto streamline and then freestyle. Here Matthew is taking long strokes and using fins to help propel himself through the water. His fins are a bit longer so he can feel the kick better. He was carrying a bit of extra weight in this video so I encourage him to do multiple lengths to boost his cardiovascular strength as well as stimulate weight loss. His timing is off on his breaths a bit as he was just starting with rhymthic breathing (alternate side to side). With the right motivation and the right coach, anybody can learn how to swim.

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Freestyle w/snorkel

Freestyle w/snorkel. I love working with older adults who have recently retired and have chosen to take up swimming as way to maintain their cardiovascular health.  As part of a long set, I encourage my clients to use a snorkel as it limits the need to take breaths through rotary (side) or rhythmic (alternating sides) breathing.  It also slows them down so they can concentrate of their technique and build the right muscle memory.     Swimming long yardage with poor technique will only injure the body, and potentially damage the spine. I will talk in an upcoming blog post about the head up vs. head down position that can be confusing to some nbeginning swimmers. Here my client is working is way through a middle distance set with a Finis snorkel. He is working on his arm movement, getting the highest elbow possible for his ability.

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