Why You’re Not Getting Faster Swimming and 5 Things You Can Do About It


(chill pop music) – Morning, Trainiacs. That there, was a pretty, I had a bit of a revolutionary moment. I’ve talked about this a lot
in like very recent videos about how I’ve really struggled with that, that left, straight arm
catch that I’ve got. I know what the answer is. And even if you don’t have
one of these Swim Spas, I know how you can figure out the answer to your swim faults. Oh man, I did some good thinking in there. (chill pop music) All right. So, Trainiacs. Dogs. Always with their collars shaking. Why you might not be getting
better at your swimming, is well a number of reasons. Number one, if you aren’t yet under, let’s call it 145 per hundred meter or yard pace, kinda interchangeable, I highly recommend a phenomenally rated all fiver-star reviews on Amazon, triathlon swimming book, “Triathlon Swimming Foundations”, by a really good looking author. That’s gonna address a lot
of the very basic issues that are holding you back
from getting to that like, proficient level of swimming. 145 per hundred, there abouts. But, let’s say you’re under that. Somebody like me, who in
a race is under that 145, and you’re working on the same problems year after year after year and not making a huge ton of progress. In my case, the thing
that I’ve struggled with as you’ve seen with very recent videos, is a very straight arm catch and I also kind of plateaued around that 130 per hundred pace. I wanna show you something that
blew my mind when I saw it. It was like, wow. Five strokes it took to fix something. Five strokes. All right, so I want you to
take a look at this here. This footage is from me just last week. This is like eight days ago. Look at that left arm. I want to show you the right arm, where that nice catch
is at that really good, bent elbow, nice and forceful, kind of positioned, very good, but I have always struggled
with that left arm being way out there to the point that at it’s most, it’s still almost a straight arm. Now, here’s where things got really cool. This was a video from me just yesterday. Take a look at that right arm. Same thing. Everything’s good, but take a look at the left arm now. Watch it. Bam! Ho! Am I right? Or am I right? Look at this. All of a sudden, we got, it might even be just
a little bit too bent now that I think about it. Look at this. Yeah, that’s probably
even a little bit too bent and when this happened, it was five strokes into a swim. Five strokes. Within five strokes, I was able to go from a totally straight
arm to a nice bent arm, nice and powerful, after years of not being able to fix it. Allow me to explain. Man! I’m pumped about this. Does it show? All right, so once you’ve
dealt with the basics, the getting ahold of your breathing, the making sure that
your legs aren’t sinking, the making sure that you’re not wiggly. You start getting into more
nuanced issues with your swim. It’s bent elbow. It’s is your hand pushing
back or is pushing out? It’s are you having a slight cross-over and then having to move sideways? All these little things
that I’m working through, that a lot of people are working through that are very very hard to fix. And here’s why. When we get into the water,
we’re borderline weightless, somewhere around 90 percent
of our weight gets displaced. And I want to explain why
that’s such a big issue. Do this. So, what I want you to
do, is just stand up and at home, have somebody
press down on your shoulders. Like, just, go like this. Press right down. What you’re gonna notice, is
your core kinda tightens up. You tense up. Now, if people aren’t pressing down and you’re just standing, you’re still gonna be able to tense up and hold that nice tight frame. So then, here’s what I want to show you. Practice that tightening up, that feeling of being nice and tense. So, then go into the water. Go into like, a face-down float or on your back and see if you can still tense up. What’s gonna happen is your
body is gonna be so displaced that you almost don’t have a feeling of what your muscles are doing and that’ one of the issues
that makes it so hard to fix all of our faults in the water. We don’t an awareness
of where our body is, because we’re kinda weightless. Like, we don’t have
all the same sensations and body awareness that we have the other 23 hours a day even if we are swimming
an hour every single day, which none of us are. So, basically every time
we get into the pool, we don’t really know where our hands are, we don’t really know
how tight our body is. When somebody says hey,
bend your elbow, Taren. Like, I’m trying to bend
my elbow, I can’t do it. It’s not you, it’s the water. But, here’s what happened in there that allowed me to in five strokes, fix what I haven’t been
able to do in five years. Look at this footage of how
I’ve sat it up under water. I’ve got one mirror now on
the bottom of the Swim Spa and then one mirror
facing me on the Swim Spa. So, what happened is I was
instantly within five strokes able to see, oh, this is the exact spot that my hand needs to be. Boom. Done. I can actually feel it now. And I can also feel now
when my hand goes out here, that it’s wrong, without
even looking at it. So, that issue of not
having proprioception, body awareness in the water
is why it’s gonna be so hard for all of you to make gains in the water, but here are the ways that
you can do that in order of like, what would be least desirable but still way better than
somebody just saying, bend your elbow and then going for a swim to most desirable. Now the first option that you can do is video taping yourself and
sending that footage away to a swim instructor or doing the analysis yourself and seeing what your faults are if you know what you’re looking it. It’s better than nothing, because you’re gonna start to
see what you have to work on. But, the issue is that, let’s say you record yourself at 7 AM, it might be weeks before
you get that footage back. So, it’s not instant feedback. You can’t instantly apply it, which makes it a little bit less ideal. The next option that you can go with is video taping with
almost instant feedback. So, that’s an instance
where you’re taping yourself doing one length of the pool, stopping, taking a look at video footage, doing another length of the pool, stopping, taking a look at video footage. It’s more instant. The next option that
you’ve got is having say, a coach on deck. So, this is somebody that is
instantly able to call out, hey, here’s what you’re doing, fix it at every single time you hit the wall. It’s gonna be more instant,
because you don’t have to stop, look at footage, go back. They’re gonna know right away
what you need to work at. The next even upgraded option. This is where it starts
costing a little bit of money, but ends up being fairly valuable if you’re looking to gain seconds and money isn’t an option for you. And this is where you
can get bone conducting or ear pod headphones. And you can actually get a device where through an app on your phone, a coach is coaching you
while you’re swimming and you are actually
getting the instruction as you’re going. That is almost instant. But, the best option that I’ve found, as I’ve started thinking about this, I’m sure there might be or could soon be another better option. But, going into a Swim Spa
with a mirror on the bottom, a mirror on the front, it allows you to boom, instantly within a second, no delay, see what you’re doing
wrong and instantly adjust. That’s the power of this. So, that’s why it’s so hard. It’s not you, it’s the water. If you are still struggling
with things like, breathing, like, sinking legs, you’re swimming slower
than 145 per hundred, go give this a try. You can get it on all the Amazons. You can get the ebook, you can get the audio book instantly at triathlonswimmingfoundations.com and it is very quickly becoming
one of the most reviewed and the most highly reviewed
triathlon swimming books on Amazon with a 100
percent five-star reviewed. So, go check that out and rest assured, that there
are ways to fix your swimming and it doesn’t need to involve hundreds of thousands
of meters of swimming every single month. You just need to maybe look
at some different tools that make it easier to swim in the pool. So, go check out the swim book and if you aren’t already subscribed, hit the subscribe button below, Trainiacs. I’m pumped. That left elbow hasn’t
bent in the pool in ever. Unless I was doing dog paddle. That was fun. Speaking of dog paddle, we still have to get her in the Swim Spa. You would love that. Right, Gracie? I’d love it. I’m a big swimmer. She is a great swimmer. She’s a lab, she’s excellent.

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