Breathing Practice Guide
Designed by Coach Dinah
This 6 week practice guide focuses on breathing technique in freestyle swimming. Breathing is often the number one perceived problem for swimmers of nearly all levels. Novice swimmers are often only able to swim 1 length before having to stop to “catch their breath” at the wall. Intermediate swimmers can swim several lengths or even a quarter mile and as they fatigue, their breathing strokes get sloppier and more stressful, often getting water instead of air, or swallowing air instead of breathing it. Even advanced swimmers often deal with neck pain, shoulder pain or rapid deceleration with each breath making swimming more frustrating than it should be.
In this breathing guide you’l be able to refer to a sequence of practices to help fine tune your skills at every level of swimming. We recommend that you study the body-alignment guide first in order to have a great foundation to build upon for breathing.
Fresh Freestyle practice guides are designed for those who already own “Fresh Freestyle – 99 Practices for Triathletes and Swimmers“. These guides lead you week by week through a progressive sequence of swimming skills, swimming drills, dry land training and swimming workouts directly from the book. These guides consist of sequences of practices from the book to help give structure and order to your training.
Integrate our guides into your regular swim training plan to help train for your next event while working on your weaknesses at the same time. Use our recommendations to substitute for any “drill” sections in masters swimming or your triathlon training plan. Stop guessing about what practices pair well together, and just use our suggestions. You can follow all or part of a practice guide if you only need a 3 week tuneup, and you can blend two guides together as well.
The possibilities are endless for helping improve your swim workouts and help you stay mentally engaged in you pool or open water practices.