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Week 6 Front Crawl Breathing focus - Are you struggling with getting enough air into your lungs?

Week 6 Front Crawl Breathing focus drill

How to improve your Breathing and timing for front crawl!?

Do you find you're constantly in oxygen debt or running out of air whilst swimming front crawl? Or not relaxed and comfortable swimming? It doesn't have to be this way!

If you're not breathing in enough, or consequently not exhaling enough underwater, then there will be a build up of carbon dioxide in your lungs, creating oxygen debt and lactic acid for your muscles.

In this video you can see the swimmer wasn't exhaling out underwater much at all, then towards the end how this has improved with sink downs to regulate her inhale and exhale.

If you're breathing in late, or taking a small breath in before you duck back underwater then all the above will be happening! Does this ring true for you?

Sign up to a series of 5 swim lessons and learn our 7 steps to learning to breathe better for front crawl

Front Crawl Breathing Faults

1. Lead arm dropping 2. Legs not kicking straight from the hips 3. A short exhale and late breathe out 4. Rotating from head and shoulders not the hips 5. Timing out of synch for arms 6. Legs and hips too low 7. Lifting head up to breathe

Drills to correct:

1. Swim with ear placed on shoulder 2. Kicking with legs straight 3. Fully exhaling 80% out through mouth and nose using your diaphragm 4. Bodyroll 45 degrees long axis rotation each side core driven from hips 5. Glide 1000 and 3/4 catch up 6. Press T - i.e. press your sternum into the water 7. 1 Goggle eye breathing

Learn how to correct your stroke and swim faster than ever with less energy!

We can help you improve your technique using video camera analysis, stroke correction and swim drills in the endless pool. Based in Chertsey Surrey.

Front crawl video analysis in an endless pool at Tribal in Chertsey:


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