Swimming http://breakingmuscle.com/taxonomy/term/2162/%2A en Swim Basics: A Beginner's Guide to the Breaststroke http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/swim-basics-a-beginners-guide-to-the-breaststroke <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/swimming/swim-basics-a-beginners-guide-to-the-breaststroke" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img1.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201503/swimmingheader.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Find out how to master the breaststroke by establishing the correct body position. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>In part one of my swim basics series, I wrote <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/swimming-basics-a-beginners-guide-to-the-backstroke" target="_blank">about the benefits of including different strokes into your routine</a>.</strong> Doing so helps minimize overuse injuries and spices up your regular dip in the pool. Backstroke was the first stroke suggested, thanks in large part to its easy learning curve and utility in open water situations.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/swim-basics-a-beginners-guide-to-the-breaststroke" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle open water swimming swim form swimming swimming strokes Swimming Fri, 20 Mar 2015 09:00:00 +0000 150086 at http://breakingmuscle.com Swimming Basics: A Beginners' Guide to the Backstroke http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/swimming-basics-a-beginners-guide-to-the-backstroke <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/swimming/swimming-basics-a-beginners-guide-to-the-backstroke" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img1.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201503/shutterstock146263715.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Freestyle might be every swimmer's best friend, but it is important to have different strokes in your repertoire to be your best athlete. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;">Like the spoiled youngest child in the family, the freestyle swim stroke gets a lot of attention despite having some pretty awesome siblings. Let&rsquo;s be honest, <strong>it is a powerful yet graceful stroke that almost everyone is familiar with</strong>, so it is somewhat deserving of all the attention.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="rtecenter"><span style="font-size:18px;"><img alt="" class="imagecache-full_width" src="http://img7.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/201503/shutterstock109793171.jpg" /></span></p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/swimming-basics-a-beginners-guide-to-the-backstroke" target="_blank">read more</a></p> backstroke breakingmuscle freestyle swimming injury prevention swim form swim strokes swimming Swimming Fri, 06 Mar 2015 14:00:00 +0000 149541 at http://breakingmuscle.com Want to Be Special Ops? Learn the Combat Swimmer Stroke http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/want-to-be-special-ops-learn-the-combat-swimmer-stroke <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/swimming/want-to-be-special-ops-learn-the-combat-swimmer-stroke" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img4.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201502/swimmersquare.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">The uniqueness of this stroke is that it can be used either with fins or without. It's also used during long ocean swims. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>If you are considering a Special Ops profession</strong>, particularly one that could involve waterborne operations, you will need to learn the modified sidestroke, also called the <em>combat swimmer stroke</em>.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/want-to-be-special-ops-learn-the-combat-swimmer-stroke" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle combat swimmer stroke CSS navy seal sidestroke special ops swimming Swimming Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:00:00 +0000 121871 at http://breakingmuscle.com 3 Drills for Stronger and Smoother Open Water Swimming http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/3-drills-for-stronger-and-smoother-open-water-swimming <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/swimming/3-drills-for-stronger-and-smoother-open-water-swimming" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img6.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201501/opensquare.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Taking your open water swimming to the next level requires you to break your stroke into its parts. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>There&rsquo;s no doubt about it, swimming is a highly technical activity</strong>. Much like golf, there are myriad ways to screw it up. Add in open water, and the whole scenario becomes that much more complicated.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/3-drills-for-stronger-and-smoother-open-water-swimming" target="_blank">read more</a></p> bands breakingmuscle doggy paddle drills endurance sports open water swimming triathlon unco Swimming Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:00:00 +0000 31371 at http://breakingmuscle.com Avoid These 4 Mistakes for Better Freestyle Swimming http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/avoid-these-4-mistakes-for-better-freestyle-swimming <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/swimming/avoid-these-4-mistakes-for-better-freestyle-swimming" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img3.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201412/shutterstock97134344.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Learn how to make progress with your endurance and form by fine-tuning your routine in the water. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;">You know what stinks?<strong> Learning the hard way. </strong>We each have those standout memories of times where we could have saved ourselves some serious hassle if only we were less stubborn. I&rsquo;m sure one comes to mind. Almost makes you want to cringe, doesn&rsquo;t it?</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="rtecenter"><img alt="" class="imagecache-full_width" src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/201412/shutterstock144634958.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/avoid-these-4-mistakes-for-better-freestyle-swimming" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle endurance sports freestyle swimming swimming swimming equipment triathlon Swimming Mon, 05 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0000 28571 at http://breakingmuscle.com Freestyle Swimming: How to Tailor Your Kick to Your Event http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/freestyle-swimming-how-to-tailor-your-kick-to-your-event <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/swimming/freestyle-swimming-how-to-tailor-your-kick-to-your-event" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img6.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201412/kicksquare.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">As you wrestle with how much to train the kick, let the principal of specificity be your guide. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;">The importance of the kick portion of the freestyle swim stroke is a highly discussed topic among coaches and athletes. <strong>Views range from those who totally ignore the kick (usually the athletes) to those who advocate spending lots of time on kick-only work.</strong> It is a polarizing subject that often focuses on the idea of propulsion to the detriment of the bigger picture.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/freestyle-swimming-how-to-tailor-your-kick-to-your-event" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle inertia kick leg kick position specificity swimming triathlon Swimming Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:00:00 +0000 28121 at http://breakingmuscle.com 3 No-Nonsense Ways to Build Fitness Through Swimming http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/3-no-nonsense-ways-to-build-fitness-through-swimming <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/swimming/3-no-nonsense-ways-to-build-fitness-through-swimming" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img6.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201409/shutterstock140089234.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Swimming is like watery jiu jitsu. If you're going to get fitter in the water, you need to work your technique the right way. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;">I grew up at a time when we didn&rsquo;t have all the information in the world at our fingertips, just a press of a button away.<strong> If you wanted to know something, you either went and found someone who knew all about it or found one of these things called a book on the subject.</strong> If you did the latter, you then tried whatever it was you were reading about to gain some experience.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/3-no-nonsense-ways-to-build-fitness-through-swimming" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle endurance endurance sports swim swimming swimming technique Swimming Fri, 26 Sep 2014 11:00:00 +0000 24966 at http://breakingmuscle.com Fingers and Fists: The Drills Pro Swimmers Use http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/fingers-and-fists-the-drills-pro-swimmers-use <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/swimming/fingers-and-fists-the-drills-pro-swimmers-use" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201409/dsc021842.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">You’ll learn a better feel for what your hand does in the water and how to grab a better hold on the water with each stroke. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;">One of the biggest issues for people wanting to take up triathlon is <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/swimming-and-the-crossfit-games-why-is-it-everyones-weak-link" target="_blank">lack of swimming ability</a><strong>.</strong> <strong>The bike and run, while also potentially problematic, aren&rsquo;t quite so bad, as you can just stop and have a break</strong>. If you stop swimming, you just sink.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/fingers-and-fists-the-drills-pro-swimmers-use" target="_blank">read more</a></p> beginner breakingmuscle drills movement skills swimming technique triathlon Swimming Fri, 05 Sep 2014 11:00:00 +0000 24241 at http://breakingmuscle.com Why All Swim Coaches Should Coach a Kids Camp http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/why-all-swim-coaches-should-coach-a-kids-camp <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/swimming/why-all-swim-coaches-should-coach-a-kids-camp" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img4.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201408/swimsquare.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">It’s amazing what just four hours with these kids has taught me as a coach. While the idea of swimming doesn’t change, the difference is in how you teach. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;">This week I am in the process of helping coach a youth triathlon camp. We work on swimming, cycling, and running skills, and I&rsquo;ve been working with a group of twenty kids to help them succeed in these three sports.<strong> It&rsquo;s amazing what <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/coaching/6-reasons-why-coaching-kids-makes-you-a-better-coach" target="_blank">just four hours with these kids has taught me as a coach</a>.</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/why-all-swim-coaches-should-coach-a-kids-camp" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle coaching kids swimming Teaching triathlons youth Swimming Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:00:00 +0000 23526 at http://breakingmuscle.com 4 Pro Tips for Ironman Swimming Success http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/4-pro-tips-for-ironman-swimming-success <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/swimming/4-pro-tips-for-ironman-swimming-success" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img8.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201408/shutterstock62078977.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Here are four things you can work on in preparation for your event. Even if you're short on time, these could make the difference in your success. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><h2 class="rtecenter"> <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/coaches/jake-shoemaker" target="_blank"><span style="color:#ff0000;">Click Here to Try Our Free Swimming Workouts</span></a></h2> <p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>One of my athlete&rsquo;s just signed up for <a href="http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/americas/ironman/wisconsin.aspx" target="_blank">Ironman Wisconsin</a>.</strong> I have been working with her one-on-one for the past year or so, and I am so happy for her. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/4-pro-tips-for-ironman-swimming-success" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle endurance sports endurance training ironman open water swimming swimming Swimming Wed, 06 Aug 2014 16:00:00 +0000 22946 at http://breakingmuscle.com The New Swimming Workouts Start Today! http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/the-new-swimming-workouts-start-today <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/swimming/the-new-swimming-workouts-start-today" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img5.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201408/lcnationals2013-1.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Whether you're trying to improve your swim performance, triathlon times, or general fitness, our new swim workouts are a great tool to have in your arsenal. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><h2 class="rtecenter"> <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/coaches/jake-shoemaker" target="_blank">Click Here to Start the New Swim Workouts</a></h2> <p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Whether you&#39;re trying to improve your swim performance, triathlon times, or general fitness, our new swim workouts are a great tool to have in your arsenal. </strong>The workouts begin today and will run in twelve-week cycles, with four workouts posted per week.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/the-new-swimming-workouts-start-today" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle swimming Swimming Mon, 04 Aug 2014 21:00:00 +0000 22866 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Case for Swimming http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/the-case-for-swimming <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/swimming/the-case-for-swimming" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201408/shutterstock146263538.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Running served me well for years - until it didn't. After injury upon injury, my body was sending a message. It was time for a change. Time to swim. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><h2 class="rtecenter"> <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/swim/swim-workouts-cycle-1-week-1" target="_blank"><span style="color:#ff0000;">Click Here to Try Our New Free Swim Workouts</span></a></h2> <p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>I&rsquo;ve always liked running to stay in good cardiovascular shape. </strong>Running is about as efficient as it gets. It doesn&rsquo;t take much time, burns tons of calories, and to do it you simply open up your front door and go.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/the-case-for-swimming" target="_blank">read more</a></p> active recovery breakingmuscle swimming Swimming Mon, 04 Aug 2014 16:00:00 +0000 22836 at http://breakingmuscle.com Top 6 Reasons You Should Join a Swim Club http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/top-6-reasons-you-should-join-a-swim-club <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/swimming/top-6-reasons-you-should-join-a-swim-club" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img5.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201406/lcnationals2013-1.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Ask any Olympic swimmer what his or her swimming secret is and 99% of the time you will get the same answer. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;">Most triathletes want to know the secret of how natural swimmers can just, well, swim! Ask any masters or Olympic swimmer what his or her swimming secret is and 99% of the time you will get the same answer: he or she <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/12-reps/12-reps-with-hannah-caldas-swimmer-and-scientist" target="_blank">joined a swim club or team at a young age</a> and/or belong to a swim program currently.<strong> So, below are the top six reasons why you should join a swim club:</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/top-6-reasons-you-should-join-a-swim-club" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle coaching group exercise swimming swimming technique Swimming Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:00:00 +0000 20726 at http://breakingmuscle.com A Beginner’s Guide to Structuring Your Swim Workout http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/a-beginner-s-guide-to-structuring-your-swim-workout <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/swimming/a-beginner-s-guide-to-structuring-your-swim-workout" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img8.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201406/shutterstock197730977copy.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">When you head to the pool for a swim workout, do you ever wonder what you should be doing? </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>When you head to the pool for a swim workout, do you ever wonder what you should be doing?</strong> Many athletes tend to think they only need to jump in the pool, swim a certain distance, do some speed work, and then hurry on with the rest of their day.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/a-beginner-s-guide-to-structuring-your-swim-workout" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle endurance training swimming triathlon Swimming Thu, 12 Jun 2014 19:00:00 +0000 20066 at http://breakingmuscle.com 9 Insights on Swimming and CrossFit by Hannah Caldas http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/9-insights-on-swimming-and-crossfit-by-hannah-caldas <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/swimming/9-insights-on-swimming-and-crossfit-by-hannah-caldas" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img2.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20131011/hannah.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Hannah Caldas is an international level swimmer with an impressive array of accolades, as well as being a competitive CrossFitter. Here are nine of Hannah's articles using her combined experience. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/coaches/hannah-caldas" target="_blank">Hannah Caldas</a> is an international level swimmer with an impressive array of accolades.</strong> She has claimed <a href="http://www.fina.org/" target="_blank">FINA</a> masters world records in three different relays, and in 2011 was ranked by FINA as the fastest masters female swimmer in the world over the age of thirty in the 50m and 100m Freestyle.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/9-insights-on-swimming-and-crossfit-by-hannah-caldas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle crohn's disease open water swimming swimming Swimming Tue, 19 Nov 2013 21:00:00 +0000 6333 at http://breakingmuscle.com