4 Breathing exercises for smooth freestyle swimming. Progressions. Beginners

4 Breathing exercises for smooth freestyle swimming. Progressions. Beginners

On this video I will show you 4 breathing
exercises you can do to maintain a better, more horizontal position while swimming smooth
easy freestyle. The first exercise is to Grab the wall with
one hand, take a deep breath, put your face in the water and kick just enough to put your
body in a horizontal position. At this moment your are not exhaling. Hold your breath for about 2 seconds and let
about 50 percent of the air in your lungs out through your nose plus 20 percent with
your mouth. Take a quick breath through your mouth of
that 70 percent of air you let out. You will notice that in swimming you breathe
the exact opposite as if you were running. When you swim, you exhale through your nose
and inhale through your mouth. Notice that I don’t constantly exhale the
whole time my head is in the water. This is key to maintaining my upper body floating. I also don’t fill my lungs to their full
capacity. That would cause the problem we talked about
in our past smooth freestyle video. Practice this exercise on both sides, breathing
to the left and breathing to the right, until you feel comfortable with the movement and
the breathing technique. The second progression is very similar but
you will have a kick board instead of the wall and you will also do full strokes. Kick about 6 times and then take one breath
and a stroke. Notice that he is not exhaling while his head
is in place looking at the floor. Elite swimmers just exhale while the head
is moving up to the surface before breaking it and a little bit while on the surface. This all happens in a matter of hundredths
of a second while swimming fast. That is why you have to practice it slowly
at first and perfect it though repetition. The third exercise is the same as the second
but without a kick board. Usually swimmers have a preferred breathing
side but it is of good practice to learn how to breathe well from both sides. Notice that the second goggle barely comes
out of the surface, this is to make the breath fast and keep a good alignment of the body. The fourth exercise is simpler. Just kick with your arms down and move your
head to the side to take a breath. There is no arms’ movement. Focus on maintaining the hips high on the
surface of the water and take quick breaths the same way you practice on the other three
exercises. Now you are ready to do the whole thing! Swim one length of the pool on the smoothest
freestyle you can master, while taking short quick breaths. Try breathing every 2 stroke, every 3 stroke
and every 4 strokes. Notice the difference. Stop at the other end, control your breathing
and do it again. We only have about 50 swimcaps left! Thanks to those of you who already bought
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  1. I live in Australia In a country town and I do swimming club and We do 33 laps of freestyle including a tumble turn without stopping and I get SUPER TIRED and If you don't swim to the edge you need to do 20 Burpies + another 10 if you didn't do a somersault at the end (Or at least tried) so could you mabey make a video on how to control your breathing while doing everything at once

  2. WOW, I have been watching a lot of swimming videos and see everybody has own techniques. Most people say start exhaling as soon as your head goes under water and keep it until you inhale again so that you don't accumulate CO2 in your lungs. What Skill NT says is totally opposite, but I am willing to try it. I guess the key is to figure it out with lots and lots of practice.

  3. I tried today. In the start it is so difficult to inhale so fast. i was getting out of the oxygen every time. its really need long practise to get habitual.

  4. Is ‘humming’ underwater correct? Also, I feel like my lungs are always to full to take in anymore air, yet I need to put my mouth out of water to exhale… I’m exhausted and out of breath by a few laps….

  5. I was sharing youtube with my daughter inbetween her cartoons, and all these swimming ladies were fun for her to watch until this beast came with big teeth! )))

  6. Skills NT I have a problem, I'm a newbie swimmer who doesn't compete yet thus I feel like I have anemia. What should I do? I really want to compete so bad 😐

  7. We have a 10 workout program available now. It is focused on short freestyle training. It will help you gain speed and also put in practice a good freestyle technique. Click here to learn more about it: https://skillswimming.com/swordfish/

  8. I do this and end up inhaling water. How are you managing that? Even in the video, you close the mouth when it is a little underwater, how do you manage only inhaling air?

  9. Today I did my first freestyle but the problem is when I try to breath, i drowned & then I had to stop, I am going to try that same tectonics hopefully it works…..love you

  10. Struggle alot to breathe correctly When you exhale under water…always keep the breath rather than exhale..watched few diff videos with diff suggestions given. Do you actually open your mouth abit to exhale or just blow out…fearful of taking in water then by that way but really dont know. I can swim but only with head above…really want to get this. Thanks

  11. I could do breathing no problem there… but after a while it makes me sick to breath from my mouth, still not getting used to that

  12. What I never get is I see this swimming videos and these people taking a breath and then they go back in the water with their mouth open in less than a second. How are you breathing that fast without choking on water?

  13. When you were practising with the first technique (the one where you are holding onto the wall), did you keep kicking your leg to stay afloat? Sorry I am new to swimming haha

  14. I have a sprint and a relay on 12 and 13 of August but I cannot do faster and I am getting breathing problem can u please.tell me

  15. This sucks… You make is look so easy and it really isn't. Having problem keeping my feet up, and still getting water up my nose which absolutely drives me bonkers. Of course this kills my endurance and gasping for air often.

  16. 请问怎么测量我用鼻子呼出的气正好是50%,而用嘴呼出的气是20%,太难了,我就是控制不好呼气的量,有时候49%有时候51%。很难达到正好50^

  17. 이 동영상을 보면 입으로 호흡을 들이마시고 물속에 들어가서도 입이 벌어져있니 입속에 물이 들어간다는 얘긴데 호흡하러 나오전에 입속 물을 다 내뱉는 건가요? 아직초보라 호흡이 어렵습니다.

  18. I'm not the only swimmer that got anxious breathing while the go pro was under water cause my brain was like legit "OMG I SEE UNDER WATER DINT VREATH YOULL DROWN"oh right you're in land

  19. When i take my head out of water; water goes in to the ear which is inside the water! Why is that? I didn’t wear anything for cover the head or ears! Tell me what can i do for this? 🧔🏻

  20. Çok güzel yüzüyorsunuz.Bende özel yüzme dersi aldım.Ama acemi diyelim.Profesyonel değilim.Videolarınızın devamını bekliyoruz.Türkçe videoda ayrıca çekerseniz memnun kalırız.Yüzme tekniklerini anlatırsanız.nefes alarak yüzme.Mesela ben havuz üstünde yüzüyorum.Ama eski usul.sırtüstü güzel yüzüyorum.Sizin gibi modern yüzemiyorum.Mesela havuz dibinde yüzemiyorum.Balıklama atlamam çok kötü atlıyorum.Bütün yüzme tekniği videolarını basamak basamak anlatında.Nerde hata yapıyoruz.sizi seviyoruz…..

  21. So I tried doing the breathing as you suggested when i went to the swimming pool yesterday. But I can’t make it work. I’m good with exhaling underwater but when it comes to turning my head to breathe, I get water trapped in my ear. And because I’m scared of it happening again it blocks me from doing my breathing properly. How do you avoid the problem of water getting in your ear?

  22. I am newbie swimmer , as observed I get lot of burps when swimming . Can you tell what causes this and how to avoid ? Or is it good to burp ?
    Thanks !!

  23. Is it normal when you do the first exercise, I can only inhale back around 5 times before my chest starts to hurt (like wanting to breath normally)? Or does by practice I should be able to do the exercise for a longer period of time?

    Beginner swimmer… 🙂

  24. I think most can learn to turn their head to breathe however, a lesson on how to not take water into the mouth at the same time, (especially with one eye still in the water), would be much more beneficial. You can't just say, "Do this"; it's misleading.

  25. Can someone explain pls how he has his mouth open at 1:51 and yet he's not getting water in his mouth? The same at 0:24

  26. I saw the letter "빠르게 헤엄치세요" in your cap. i bought swimming cap in your website. it looks like aztec .

  27. How to stop breathing in water, every time I go for air I end up breathing in water
    Do I only open part of my mouth?

  28. thank you for lesson! It is very helpful! now when I try I understand that need practice and practice! 😉

  29. Hi. I was stuck at the breathing step for a very long time. Exercises in Your video really helped me.. Especially the 1st and 2nd one. Thanks and keep up the good work

  30. This video is amazing. I'll apply all these instructions next time in the pool and I hope to make them.

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