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How To Breathe Whilst Swimming Freestyle | Swim Technique For Front Crawl Breathing

How To Breathe Whilst Swimming Freestyle | Swim Technique For Front Crawl Breathing


(No Cry by Fasion) (water splashing) – [Instructor] Today,
we’re taking a closer look at the breathing aspect
of the freestyle stroke, breaking it all down and teaching you how to
breathe more comfortably. (logo whooshing)
(logo beeping) (Priddy by Fasion) To propel ourselves through the water while swimming freestyle, it’s important that we’re
supplying our muscles with the adequate oxygen. This requires a good breathing technique that allows you to swim
comfortably and efficiently with as little impact on
your stroke as possible. The breathing action
should actually take place throughout the whole stroke rather than one specific point. You should always be breathing
either in or breathing out, it should never stop or be held. So let’s start as you finish your stroke at the back beside your hip and you have your other arm
outstretched in front of you. In this position, you
would ideally be rotated onto your side for a stronger
and more efficient stroke, but this also helps
with the breathing too. As you rotate onto your
side with your hips and shoulders moving in sync, you should allow your head to
rotate around with your body. Whilst doing this, it’s important that you keep your body
straight and inline. Try to avoid craning your neck by either lifting the top of your head up or by trying to look at
the roof of the pool. You should only move your head to the point where your mouth is just out of the water and your eye line is level
with the side of the pool. Imagine that you’re
trying to leave one eye in the water whilst the other is above. By doing this, the top of
your head pushes the water and creates a trough-like effect
around your face and mouth, meaning your mouth isn’t actually going to be submerged under the water. During this phase of the stroke, you should be breathing
in your through your mouth whilst avoiding breathing
in through your nose. As your recovering arm comes over and towards your head, you can imagine that your
bicep or upper arm forces your head back into the water. At this point, you’ll be
starting your rotation back to the center of the stroke, so your head should follow
your body as before. Now, as your head submerges
back into the water, you should begin exhaling straight away to prevent the water from going in your mouth or up your nose. This should be a slow
and controlled trickle until your next breath in, rather than holding the breath and then a sudden exhale. By having this constant
trickle of bubbles, it also prevents any buildup of tension. From here, your body
will continue to rotate and roll onto the other side, but you should keep your head facedown, looking towards the bottom of the pool for a number of strokes
before breathing again. (Keep It by Dylan Sitts) But how often you decide to breathe is entirely up to you. Everyone has different
breathing pattern preferences, but it’s advised that you aim to breathe bilaterally. This means breathing to either side. So to keep your stroke
symmetrical and balanced, breathing every three strokes
is a very good starting point. This means that you alternate from breathing to the
left and to the right. You should trickle your breath out throughout those three
strokes and if necessary, forcefully expel any remaining air in the lungs on that third stroke. At this point, you will
begin to roll onto your side to repeat the same
process of breathing in. (Mile Soul by Amber Spill) This continuous breathing out whilst the head is in the water is one of the biggest cruxes for most swimmers. It feels unnatural at first. We advise you practice this without actually swimming at first. Simply hold onto the pool edge, take a big breath in, and then slowly drop yourself
down underneath the water. As your face enters the water, start trickling your breath out. Continue to do this for a few seconds before slowly pulling yourself back up, expelling all your remaining air, taking a quick breath in, and then dropping yourself
back down underneath the water to repeat again
as many times as you like. Another useful drill
involves a kick board. Hold onto the middle or
bottom of the kick board so that you can place your
head down into the water. As you kick yourself down the pool, try placing your face down in the water and trickling your breath and then breathing to one side, back to the middle, face
down to trickle your breath, and then breathing to the other side. Again, keep repeating this
until you’re more comfortable with the action. Although this drill is not allowing that rotation we’ve been discussing, it does allow you to
practice the basic action. (water splashing) By combining these skills and practicing them in every swim session, you will find your breathing
technique improving over time and making front crawl
much easier to master. You can subscribe to GTN by
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15 comments on “How To Breathe Whilst Swimming Freestyle | Swim Technique For Front Crawl Breathing

  1. Great video
    I've been swimming for 22 years now, and exhaling properly is still a weakness of mine, lol
    I shall work on it in this afternoon's practice tho 😉

  2. Grazie Mark!!🙏🏽
    Your video are always well explained and usefull, the images so cool..
    I’ll try the the last drill you showed !!
    Thanks Mark
    Love your channel!!!
    The Swiss swimmer 🇨🇭🇨🇭

  3. 3:31 This body position while taking breath does not seem right.
    (Hand palm facing wrong direction, upper body "bent" struggling for the air, pushes up on his hand to lift head, striaght arm.
    Chances are: he's breathing late).

  4. Bilateral breathing is a bit of "once other conditions are met". If you aren't comfortable in the water or having a hard enough time getting air..bilateral will just make it worse.

  5. Hahahaha, literally worked on breathing today, was just messing around with different breathing patterns, because I was like "we have breathing patterns in cross country running, we've gotta have them in swimming too". Ended up spending an hour making the lifeguards nervous and spitting and sputtering, but eventually figured it out and getting it comfortable, just like how you explain in the video, but WOW this would've been nice earlier today xD

  6. Is it really necessary to exhale through the nose, I just started classes and the first thing my coach told me was that it doesn’t matter, he says exhale through the nose or mouth, whichever is more comfortable. There’s so much inconsistent advice out there, makes it difficult

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