Sunday, September 06, 2009

SIX Is A Magic Number (test list post 3 - image alignment)

Are you making a change to your stroke? Struggling? Does it seem to require continual focus?
Here’s an interesting rule of thumb: After focusing on a change for six swim sessions it should suddenly feel a lot more natural. That’s just how it works, you’ll get in on your 7th session and it’ll just click - the modification suddenly feels smooth. So, if you’re struggling with a stroke change, a drill or a timing change, hang in there for those 6 sessions!
Perhaps even more important is the flip side to this: If a change doesn't click after 6-8 sessions then you need to try another approach, what you’re doing isn’t working.
For more background theory on how humans develop skills, see our article:
Swim Smooth

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