I've Been Trying This Technique For Years And I'm Still Not Getting Any Faster!

Remember the rule-of-six-
-sessions when correcting
any part of your stroke.

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The human body needs to perform an action about 10,000 times before it starts to feel natural and automatic. If you're making a change to your stroke technique that's roughly six sessions worth of swimming (counting each arm stroke).

Most stroke changes feel very unnatural at first and in some cases they can even feel 'wrong' but don't give up on them too soon. Make sure you persevere with a change for at least six sessions before you judge if it's helping or hindering you. That's quite a lot of swimming and will require a bit of discipline on your part...

...but don't persevere too long! If you're trying a stroke modification and it isn't giving you a noticeable benefit after six to eight sessions then you need to do something different. Maybe you're trying to achieve too much at once (breaking things down into smaller steps might help) or you need a different drill or another visualisation.

A classic question we get from many swimmers is: "I've been trying this technique for three years and I'm still not getting any faster! When will it work for me?" - Sorry to say, it's never going to happen. You're never going to wake up one day and be a super fast and efficient swimmer focusing on the same things for months (and years) on end without any progress in the meantime. You desperately need to break out of that rut and try something different.

It could be you need to introduce more fitness training and open water skills to your training mix. Or perhaps the ideal stroke technique you have in mind is simply the wrong one and you need a new vision of stroke perfection. The very best way (if you're in the UK) is to see a Swim Smooth Coach who will give you a clear picture of the changes you need to make.

Don't be afraid to really shake things up this winter and try a different approach to your swimming - it could exactly what you need both mentally and physically to break you out of that rut.

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(this post is a revisit on an old favourite of ours)


faith okten said...

a very important,essential (but not mentioned oftenly) point.firstly,yes,at least 10000 times to get the perfect form (technical point). on the other hand, a swmimmers like any athletes needs a gymnastics skills such as push up,chin up,sit up etc.. a swimmer must perform static and active streches and yoga. another point, as m.phelps says "i have to run well to swim faster".the last come from me: to catch up with perfect level, an athlete/swimmer must have a bilateral balance and power.

fatih ökten said...

corection for m.phelps quotation: "faster you run,faster you swim". from "elite athlete workout michael phelps" short video interview.

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