For those of you who came to a coached swim session this week, you may have wondered why we had a whole hour dedicated to technique. It can feel frustrating when you want to improve your swimming speed to spend time swimming slowly, concentrating purely on technique. Surely, to swim faster you need to practice swimming faster? Sadly, this is not the case. If you have technique limiting factors, you will reach a ceiling with your swim speed, no matter how fast you swim in training. In fact, you’ll be reinforcing that bad technique with every stroke!
If you want to swim faster you have to ensure your technique is good and your stroke faults are corrected alongside sessions to improve your speed and endurance. Even our speedy swimmers in lane 5 have factors that can be improved, which will unleash even faster-swimming potential. Performing a pure technique-centred session allows you to slow down and really concentrate on specific aspects of your stroke. Concentration is vital- you really have to think about what your body is doing, feel how the water moves against your arms and legs, and visualise how your hand enters the water and starts the catch. What better way to forget about that horrendous day at work!
If you’re not sure what perfect technique actually looks like, you can download the Swim Smooth app for free. This allows you to visualise Mr Smooth swimming from all angles and at all speeds. Don’t worry, we’ll be back to endurance and CSS sets at Wadurs soon!