Friday, May 29, 2015

How You Should Be Holding Your Hands When Swimming

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Take a quick look at this video loop that a swimmer sent it to us for feedback:

Notice how Travis is holding his hands very loosely - almost limply in fact. Unfortunately when you do this you lose your attachment with the water, seriously damaging your catch. You can also see how it is adding a lot of drag at the front of the stroke.

When you swim you should shouldn't hold your hands limply or cup your hands (as was commonly taught in decades gone by). The best swimmers in the world lightly hold their hands flat like paddles:

2x Australian 10km Champion Rhys Mainstone

Don't do this forcibly or rigidly, the hand should be held flat with a light 'tone' to it - similar to if you were extending your hand to shake someone else's.

Try adding a small bend at the wrist to create a little shape at the front of the stroke as we can see Rhys doing above and Pro Triathlete Guy Crawford doing below. This helps you engage with the water in the right way and press it backwards:

Of course like anything you don't want to over-do it! :

Fingers Together Or Apart?

A very common related question is whether you should hold the fingers together or apart:

For the answer to that, read our full blog post on the subject. The answer might surprise you:

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