Swimming Basics: A Beginner’s Guide to the Butterfly
The Basics of Swimming – How To Swim Butterfly Faster?
The first thing you need to do when you want to start swimming fast is get familiar with your body position while swimming. You must have a good understanding of your own body before you can improve it. If you don’t understand something, then ask someone else!
You might think that you are just going to go out there and try to swim like a pro, but the truth is that you will not. That’s why it is so important to practice every day. You will see the benefits of doing so very soon. But if you really want to improve, then it helps if you already know what you’re doing right now!
So let’s take a look at some of these things…
How To Swim Butterfly Faster?
1. You Need Proper Technique Before You Can Improve Your Speed
When you begin swimming, you may feel confident because you’ve practiced it a few times and got used to it. However, the moment you attempt to perform a new maneuver or move quickly through water, your speed will slow down dramatically. This is because your muscles aren’t ready yet for such movements. You need to make sure that you’ve warmed up properly before you start attempting to swim like Michael Phelps!
2. Your Shoulders Need To Stay Over Your Hands
A lot of people don’t know this, but there is such a thing as having proper swimming posture. This is one of the most important things in swimming, because it is vital that your body is in the right position so that you don’t use more energy than needed. Your shoulders should always be over your hands, no matter what stroke you are using.
3. Your Hands Should Be Semi-Bent
If you pay attention to the people who swim fast, you’ll see that their hands are in a semi-bent position at all times. This is so that they can quickly push the water away from them and propel them forward. Avoid having your wrists bend back, as it just uses more energy and slows you down.
4. Your Legs Should Be Slightly Bent
Keep your legs bent so that you can push the water away from you. Having your legs straight or locked uses more energy and slows you down.
5. Your Head Should Be Out Of The Water
While some might find this to be a no-brainer, some people are actually surprised to learn that keeping your head out of the water is a good thing! In fact, keeping your head out of the water is more effective than anything you can do with your arms or legs. So make sure that you are doing this properly.
Now that you know how to swim butterfly faster, you might be wondering how you can go about actually getting better at it. The tips provided above are great, but they won’t mean much unless you actually practice them on a regular basis!
You might also be wondering what the next step is after you’ve perfected these techniques. Well, as a swimmer, your goal is to try to become more efficient at swimming. Yes, this means that you need to keep your body in shape and have the right gear for the job. But it also means that you need to pay close attention to how your body reacts to the water and learn how to move through it with the least amount of resistance as possible.
This is the next step for any swimmer that wants to truly master the butterfly stroke.
If you’re not exactly sure how you should go about doing this, then you might find these tips useful when attempting to become more efficient:
1. Get A Good Watch
As a swimmer, the first thing you should do is to get a good watch. Not just any watch, but one that can count time accurately and let you know your pace as well as distance.
This helps you to fully understand your abilities and where you stand as a swimmer, because if you aren’t able to know these key factors, then how do you expect to improve or measure your success?
2. Time Trials
Once you’ve gotten yourself a watch, the next thing you should do is perform time trials in various distances. For this, find a place where you can swim (either in a pool or open water) and test your abilities to see just how far you can go in a certain amount of time. This lets you know your basic limits and gives you something to work towards.
3. Set Goals
Once you’ve got yourself a good watch and have tested out your basic abilities, the next step is to set goals that you actually want to achieve. Of course, these goals are going to be different for everyone, but in general you’re going to want to set goals that are challenging without being impossible.
For instance, one of your goals could be to complete an open water swim that’s a mile long. Another goal could be to finish a triathlon, no matter how long it takes you. It doesn’t really matter what your goal is, as long as it motivates you to keep swimming and pushes your abilities to the limit.
4. Make A Plan
Now that you know where you need to go, the next thing you should do is make a plan on how you’re going to get there. In other words, you need to break down your goals into smaller chunks that are more manageable and give yourself a system of checkpoints so you can tell when you’re making progress. This way, instead of just blindly trying to get better, you actually have a method for doing it.
5. Train Regularly
Once you’ve got a good plan in place, the next thing you need to do is stick to it. This means that you can’t just train whenever you feel like it. If you want to see real improvement, then you need to train on a regular basis. This could mean going for a swim every other day or it could mean going for a swim, running and doing agility drills three times a week.
Either way, you need to set aside time for practice on a daily basis if you really want to get better.
6. Be Critical Of Your Swimming
Now that you’re actually in the pool, pool, lake, river or open water area that you’re going to be training in, the next thing you need to do is start being more critical of your swimming. This means that you need to start looking at your strokes and start eliminating any wasted movements. This is really what swimming is all about and is a skill that you need to constantly work on if you really want to see major improvements in your ability to swim longer distances.
7. Don’t Forget To Have Fun!
Finally, it’s very important to remember that you’re doing all of this in the first place because you enjoy swimming.
Remember, swimming is supposed to be fun!
These are just some basic tips that should get you started on your journey to becoming a better swimmer. For more advanced training tips, please check out the Swimming section of our website here.
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