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Update: I busted my butt and gained two pounds -- that scale better run away!

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Ugh. I'm up two pounds. Seriously? I worked hard. Not amused.

Still, I got back in the pool and will keep doing so. I'm trying to perfect my freestyle stroke which is frankly probably a disaster in terms of proper swimming techniques.

I'd like to find a way to learn proper technique, but swim classes are often for children.

YouTube has taken me only so far, so now I know what is wrong, but not necessarily how to correct it. Maybe more YouTube time is necessary.

I don't know how to do the breathing on the freestyle technique. I know I inhale sometime when my head is above water, but when do I exhale and how? What rhythm do I keep? I probably should get some Rx strength goggles and maybe some nose plugs. Ear plugs could come in handy too.

I found a website for swimming gear, it looks like a perfect place to get the right stuff. But how do I breathe during the freestyle? That's a question no amount of equipment can answer.

Does anyone on here know how to do a proper freestyle? I'd love to find out what I'm doing wrong so I can do it right. I hear one can get tendinitis from doing the swim strokes wrong for too long, so I really want to get this right. I have enough tendinitis, I don't want any more in any other parts of my body.

So far I've just resigned myself to practicing synching my breathing with the rhythm of my strokes so that I can at least get used to holding down a rhythm, even if it's the wrong rhythm.

So anyone know what I need to do? emoticon

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  • GRETA242
    Yes, this does happen. Focus on all the positive changes you've made to get this far and keep going. Don't let the scale get you down. You've come a long way. Keep going! emoticon
    1508 days ago
    I think the best way to learn something right is to have a coach right there with you. See if anyone is available locally where you swim. Put an add in Craig's list also.
    1510 days ago

    Don't get discouraged. The more you do, the easier it becomes.

    I have to agree with DDOORN: "For the pounds, don't bust your butt, just get down to "trackin' the snackin'"'s all about your food choices, THAT'S what will start shedding the pounds!"

    If your main purpose in being in the pool is burning calories, you may be able to burn more by walking in water up to your chin. Swimming is efficient and you are floating. Walking is much harder and you won't have to worry about taking in any water.
    1511 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/6/2014 12:59:45 AM
    I always thought about it this way. I breathe on the left side. When you lift your left arm have your elbow up a bit and turn your head to the left as if you are looking up at your left elbow. That's when you breathe in through your mouth. After you breathe in and your left arm pushes forward, your head turns to face the bottom of the pool. That's when you exhale through your mouth and blow bubbles. Most people breathe this way. Watch people swimming laps and see if you don't see the rhythm they are using.
    Hope you find what you need.

    1512 days ago
    I always have to remind myself my journey isn't about the scale. It's about my health. The scale doesn't care what I do, how I'm feeling, and what it shows me isn't telling me how my body feels. What if that two pounds is all muscle? That two pounds of muscle is going to do more for you than losing two pounds of fat in the long term.
    I also hate that swim classes are just for children. If you find a possible solution, let me know! Is there maybe a spark team for swimming? Maybe post in your spark team city to ask about local swimmers. You can also try other online places for your locality, like Reddit, to find out what resources or people might be around to help you with your swimming. Just you know, if you agree to meet someone, maybe meet for coffee or something in a public place first, not at the pool.
    1512 days ago
    Water is such a kind way to move our body...wonderful to hear how much you're enjoying it! Just keep at it, you'll get better.

    For the pounds, don't bust your butt, just get down to "trackin' the snackin'"'s all about your food choices, THAT'S what will start shedding the pounds!


    1512 days ago
    I am not a good swimmer but do remember in childhood classes being told to blow out when you face is in the water and breathe in when you face is out. Don't know if that helps you or not. Like others said, you are building muscles and getting rid of that fat. emoticon emoticon
    1512 days ago
    I am not a swimmer but am good friends with one and she has worked at the YMCA for years teaching all ages to swim including adults. Give them a call they might have someone who is willing to work with you one on one to work on your stroke. Good luck and don't give up.
    1512 days ago
    found this...


    hope it helps.

    1512 days ago
    Wow, that's great! You obviously gained 2 lbs in muscle after all! Think of all the fat you lost to gain that muscle! I'm afraid I don't know how to freestyle, but will be studying up on it. My husband and I are starting classes at the Y and will be using the pool a lot.
    1512 days ago
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