Different swim techniques
If you are a seasoned swimmer, you’ll have a favourite stroke and technique that you enjoy when you get into the pool, or your own private Hydropool Wiltshire swim spa. However, if you are new to swimming, it can be hard to know where to start and what technique suits your style, fitness level and most of all, what you actually want to achieve from your workouts.
Here is a short rundown of the most common swim strokes you can try:
Breast stroke: This stroke is usually the go-to technique for those wishing to use swimming as a lighter workout. Although you can really ramp it up (have you seen athletes do it at the Olympics?!), it’s perfect for taking things slow, getting used to the water and enjoying your time in the swim spa.
Front crawl: Possibly the most common stroke for well-seasoned swimmers and great for an all round cardio-vascular workout. Your legs kick strongly and your arms come up and over your head and back to your sides, before coming back over again one after the other (in a windmill action). You can either keep your head up or keep it in the water, turning your face to the side to take a breath. Breathing needs some mastering for this technique, but once you have it, it can be great to really get your heart pumping and those muscles working.
Back stroke: This is often avoided in public pools because you can’t fully see where you are going, and the risk of banging one’s head at the side of the pool is worrying! However, in your own swim spa you don’t need to worry about that! Just lie on your back, kick your legs and use your arms to go over your head, underneath you, back up past your sides and round again, in a windmill action. This technique is a little easier to breath with and is great to mastering the art of strong, controlled leg movement in the water.
So whatever your aim with your swimming workouts, be sure to experiment with different techniques, and switch it up every now and then to test your skills and strength in the water. And, of course, to keep those workouts interesting and fun!