The equipment all together can run a little pricey, but with roper care the equipment should last for a good one or two seasons. To maintain gear, it is important to wash rinse chlorine in fresh water shower after use. That way the chemicals from the pool water will not rot the material of your gear over time. To be a successful competitive swimmer, first you will need a racer-back (extremely tight) one piece swimsuit. According to Swimmingly. Org, “Women’s Practice suits are used during workouts. They are created with a stronger material for durability.
Some may create extra drag to make the workout more challenging. Women’s practice suits range from $33. 00 – $76. 00. ” A more durable swimsuit material that creates drag during practice is good. But during a race, all of the gear required needs to be worn extremely tight to prevent extra material from creating drag while swimming through the water. You won’t want to be slowed down while you’re competing. Second, you will need some goggles. The purpose of the goggles is to allow a swimmer to see in the water and keep water out of the swimmers eyes.
You must create a seal. That way no water gets into the goggles during the race. Last you will need a swim cap. Females are the typical users of caps, used to keep hair out of the eyes and goggles while swimming. Males with long hair can also use a cap. With lenience of a coach or team, the expression of a swimmers “style” comes out when they choose their gear. All different colors are available when deciding which type or brand of gear to purchase. Other competitive swimmers have to share uniform gear to show the team or club they represent.
Seen in this picture, is a fully equipped swimmer ready for a successful swim. (Show large picture of competitive swimmer. If you do not invest in proper gear before a race, the outcome of your performance may be compromised. Use of proper gear when competitively swimming is rewarding. Transition & Preview Main Point #2: Next, will discuss the four main strokes of competitive swimming. Support/Discuss Main Point #2. There is a lot of work to be done before you can effectively swim all four strokes. First things first, you will need to understand the movement of each stroke.
Equivocation’s. Coma’s article “Making Waves – An Overview of the Sport” states that the four main nominative swimming strokes are freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. Freestyle is the most common stroke, and also known as the crawl. It is a facedown movement and with an alternating over the head movement of the hands combined with the basic flutter kick. Next is backstroke, completed facing upward. This is also a alternation Of arms moving above the head creating a reach and push method while completing the arm stroke. Flutter kick is also used for backstroke.
A flip turn may be used for both freestyle and backstroke in which a flip is completed underwater and a push off the wall to rate a faster, more effective “turn”. Third is breaststroke, in which the arms move together in a reach and pull method. The objective is to form a “heart” or “key-hole” with the path of your hands. While performing the breaststroke pull you will use the “frog’ kick. Feet together, then knees apart, and whip feet back together, somewhat like a frog. Last is butterfly, the most complex stroke. This stroke is known for being most difficult but when completed correctly resembles a butterfly, hence the name.
For every one pull, you use two kicks. The pull is an over the head movement out of water using both arms with the completion of first kick. The kick utilized during butterfly stroke is “dolphin kick” with feet together moving in the way of a dolphin. Then when the arms enter the water closest to the head you immediately pull down in the shape of a key hole with your hands. Once the hands meet your sides is when the second kick is completed. Then repeat! For both breaststroke and butterfly, both hands must touch the wall simultaneously during the turn. No flip turns are allowed.
One important thing to remember when completing NY stroke is to keep fingers together in the shape of an ice cream scoop and create a paddle with your hands. That way water does not slip through. Imagine trying to scoop ice cream with a fork. The concept is similar to forming your hand like a scooper during your stroke. By following the instructions I have shared with you, you will be able to swim each stroke effectively. With practice, you will be on the right track to being a competitive swimmer. Transition & Preview Main Point #3: Now that you know the basics to swimming each stroke, you will need to prepare for a race.
Support/Discuss Main Point #3. As you would notice, a competitive swimmer dedicates much time and effort just to perform during a race. Extensive training needs to take place to build up to race intensity. Endurance and speed are the two main things you will need to work on. You should swim at least three times per week. Taking care of your body during training is also key to achieve maximum performance desired. Mixing up your workouts between drills, sprinting and endurance swimming will provide for a well rounded performance in the pool.
Long, medium tempo wimp combined with intense sprint intervals will get a mediocre swimmer to the competitive level they desire. Using drill workouts to improve technique will also be beneficial to your preparation to compete. Sanctimoniousness. Coma’s article “Swimming Tips for Faster, Stronger and Longer Swimming” suggests that swim drills are designed to isolate one side of your swimming in order to improve your total technique, thus drills are an excellent way of improving your swimming. This website also provides many swim workouts for beginner, intermediate and advanced swimmers.