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Swimfit Training Camp: Hold off swimming fatigue

Swimfit Training Camp: Hold off swimming fatigue

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No matter how dedicated your Swimfitter lifestyle, there comes a point in a person’s swim when fatigue hits.

The limbs feel heavier, breathing is that little bit harder and technique becomes more difficult to maintain.

Whether it happens after 10 lengths or 50 lengths, there are steps you can take to postpone that fatigue factor.

Try these three top tips from our Swimfit experts for minimising tiredness on a long distance swim.

Variety

  • A good way to hold off swimming fatigue is to change your stroke throughout your session.
  • While there is some overlap, you use a number of different muscles with each stroke, particularly in the kick.
  • Backstroke is particularly good for catching your breath and steadying your breathing because your face and to some degree your chest are out of the water.
  • Don’t change your strokes too much because that can be counterproductive. Just rotate once you feel your technique dropping for one stroke.

Arms and Legs

  • As well as introducing a bit of variety in terms of your stroke, you can also switch between effort in your arms and your legs.
  • When you’re starting to feel tired, it can be easy to drift into focusing on your arms in front crawl as this is where you generate the most strength in the water.
  • Instead, ease your arms off and concentrate on generating some momentum from your kick for a couple of lengths, allowing your arms time to relax.

Let the stroke do the work

  • Minimise how much energy you’re using by holding your glide as long as you can.
  • As well as being a more efficient technique, this is a good way to establish some rhythm and control in your swimming.
  • Count your strokes per length early on in your swim and then aim to go lower than usual as you’re starting to feel tired.

Further Reading

  1. Improve your front crawl efficiency and check out our Training Camp feature on Simplifying your stroke.
  2. Can you switch between front and back? Watch Advanced Technique Videos to see how it's done.
  3. Leave a comment below or head to Ask an Expert with a specific question about swimming fatigue.

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Go Swimming has everything you need to know about swimming. If you are a parent, a non swimmer or just want to improve your technique this is the section for you.

In British Swimming you will find information about the world of high performance sport, including the disciplines of Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo and Para-Swimming.

The ASA is the governing body for the sport in England. In this section you will find all you need to know about joining a club or competing in England and becoming a swimming teacher or coach.

The IoS delivers the ASA’s courses and is a member organisation. Whether you are a teacher, coach, employer or club you will find everything you need to know about qualifications or educating your workforce.

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