I had my swimming lesson tonight. It turns out that even though I think my feet are kicking somewhere near the water’s surface, they are actually well under water. What’s more, I don’t kick much at all! I concentrate so much on breathing and not drowning that I forget to kick.
So, I kind of drag myself through the water at an angle instead of along the top of the water.
She’s given me some drills to practise between now and my next lesson on 1st October.
I tried to find a cartoon/diagram showing someone swimming with bad form similar to mine but I ended up finding this picture which is a
perfect good example. Actually, it’s not perfect because I think my feet would be even lower than his!
Swimming uphill. An accurate description of my swim style. The whole page the picture is on was an interesting read. Click here to read it yourself.
I shouldn’t be surprised that it’s all related to core strength/ab support. That’s the area I score the worst on every fitness test. Almost to the point that it’s non-existent. I now have a very real incentive to work on it.
At first, we tried putting my arms out straight over a kickboard but I literally could not get my feet up to the surface with the kickboard in my hands. Next, we tried with the kickboard and a pool noodle stick thing under my hips to keep that bit of me above water…
Then, she had me swim a bit with one of these clenched between my thighs:
They make your legs float. It felt so uncomfortable that I KNEW she was telling the truth about how low my feet are when I swim. I’m off to buy one of these tomorrow (or maybe Friday) so I can head to the pool at another gym (not my usual one) for some practice next week.
The half hour lesson tonight was definitely a worthwhile investment of time, money and energy.
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