Straight-line Swimming | Body Position

Keri-anne Payne

Body position is the thing that we find has the biggest impact on the people we’re coaching. There’s nothing more rewarding for me and David than watching someone feel the difference that the right body position can make to their swimming. It’s absolutely mind-blowing
 
Just like with breathing, getting this right means going against a natural instinct – in this case, wanting to look forwards at all times to see where you’re going. The issue with doing this in the water is that it turns your body into a see-saw. When your head goes up, your legs go down – and this means you’re battling against much more drag. 
 
The good news? It’s really easy to sort out. Get your head into the right position and the rest of you will follow, allowing you to swim further and faster. 
 
To do this, you need to start thinking about where your eyes are looking. What you want – and it’ll feel a little odd to start with, but it gets easier very quickly – is to be staring directly down at the bottom of the pool. This will make your legs come up automatically behind you, turning your body into a straight line (that’s where we got the name from!). When you’re nice and flat there’s minimal drag, which means you can swim so much more easily.
 
Once you’ve got your head into the right position, you can start thinking about rotation. This is a full-body movement, where you rotate your hips and shoulders around your spine at the same time. It comes from your core; thinking about snapping your hip on both sides as you move will really help. 
 
Rotating efficiently means you get an extra bit of reach with every stroke – which in turn means you’re doing fewer strokes and expending less energy. Think of it as “free” (or lazy!) swimming - you’re getting something for nothing. Another big advantage is that your arms are having to do a little less work, which reduces your risk of shoulder pain, or even injury. Good news all round. 

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