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ALWAYSWIMMING's Photo ALWAYSWIMMING Posts: 15
3/2/09 8:55 A

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Chi swimming, Total Immersion it all is based on (as mentioned earlier) utilizing the body and water connection. If head is in proper position and body allowed freedom to rotate, your arm length: will improve, and the amount of time you have to breath and relax in your glide will improve. Just make sure you allow your hips/legs the freedom of rotation to be on the side fully, and your kick will be parallel with the water, allowing for a wider, symmetrical sweep=balance.

Doc Counsilman, is like our grandfather of swimming and in australia it's Forbes Carlile, both of these gentlemen spent their life helping us understand the 'Science of Swimming.' (Name of Counsilman's book).
Terry's Total Immersion is based on these principles and further study.
Hope that helps.

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ALDANA's Photo ALDANA Posts: 4,983
1/15/08 8:01 P

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This sounds interesting. Never heard of chiswimming or total inmersion before but will Google it and see what it comes up.

One quick note: we do use our core muscles to swim, they are the ones that stabilize us while we rotate to take a breath or complete a stroke. We use mostly our upper core muscles, just in backstroke we use our lower area.

Hope this helps!
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FOODPOOD Posts: 500
1/2/08 11:49 A

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I agree: what you're probably looking for is called Total Immersion swimming. No, not every swimming teacher is trained in it. You could google Total Immersion swimming in your area, or go to their Web site: www.totalimmersion.net/

I'm taking the course, and I love it. It's a challenge to learn a new physical skill, but I can already tell I'm going to enjoy swimming laps much more.

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DESERTFLOWERG's Photo DESERTFLOWERG Posts: 1,437
11/27/07 1:28 P

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I am excited. I stumbled upon a Total Immersion swim conditioning class at a local community center. I had my first session last Saturday. This is exactly what I wanted! Before, I was trying to teach myself from the info I could get online, but without somebody to point out what my body was actually doing, this was getting frustrating. Plus, we were video taped underwater at the start of our first session and will review the videos on Wednesday.


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10/23/07 9:06 P

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Hmmm... I haven't heard of it, but I'm so new to this, that I haven't heard of anything, much... LOL But a quick check of the chirunning website only talks about running & walking. I do know that swimming does utilize your core muscles, tho. Maybe we do it & don't even know it! Maybe some of the more experienced swimmers can chime in....

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DESERTFLOWERG's Photo DESERTFLOWERG Posts: 1,437
10/21/07 10:03 P

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There are some questions from a newbie in this message - I'm just not very adept about framing the question. I'm calling it ChiSwimming because I'm a ChiRunner and it incorporates the same ideal - movement originating from the core. This swimming style emphasizes the hip/body rotation and lengthening the stroke length.

My questions - how many of you are training this way? Can I hope that my swimming teacher will be teaching this way? If I am taught "traditionnally" is this going to make it really hard to transition to the Chi style?


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