Drill Library: Breathe Like A Champ

Understand Why We Do The Drill, :

  • Helps you coordinate the timing of your head turn with the entry of your arm
  • Teach how to rotate your hips and shoulders together
  • Helps you learn to grab a quick bite of air

How To Do It:

Body Position:

  • Swim freestyle with only one arm this drill.
  • The arm you are using will move through a regular stroke movement
  • Your other arm and hand should be at your side, relaxed but making contact with the side of your body.

The Movement:

  • Take a stroke with one arm, rotating your shoulders and your hips as you do so.
  • Turn your head for the breath as the fingers of your pulling arm enter the water
  • Inhale quickly and then return your head back
  • Get your head back down early enough to watch your pulling hand get into the catch position.

Things To Focus On:

  • Float as high as you can in the water
  • Keep your head, hips and heels all in one straight line with each other
  • Stretch, reach and extend your lead arm in the direction you are swimming
  • Keep your head still and your eyes looking straight down
  • Only turn your head to breathe, don’t roll your whole body
  • Do not turn your eyes to the sky to breathe – look to the side keeping one ear and one eye in the water

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