Help me move forward - from the shallow end.
September 26, 2013 7:40 PM Subscribe
I recently started swimming laps about four days a week. I do breaststrokes, backstrokes, and forward crawls. Unfortunately, those latter two are harder than they ought to be, because my kick does no work. When I try to swim forward using only a kickboard and my legs, I don't go anywhere. Sometimes, I even start going backwards. Maybe my legs are too weak and my body too heavy, but I suspect it's a fault in my form. I'll talk with a teacher soon, and I'll probably take lessons again at the next available session, because this feels like a basic problem. (Personal) instruction aside, what online resources - videos and whatnot - are there to help me with this? How do you swim a length on a kickboard?
posted by Rustic Etruscan to health & fitness (18 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
When I took lessons last season, my teacher kept telling me to point my feet as sharply as possible down the length of the pool. He likened the pose to a ballerina's. I tried to do this tonight, as every night, but still got nowhere. I also kept my legs straight, trying to kick from the hips. Sometimes my teacher told me to relax, which suggests that I'm not supposed to keep my legs as straight as that. It didn't matter how quickly I tried to kick, or how far I kicked, or how I held the kickboard. After the initial push off the wall, nothing.
When I wore flippers, I went much faster, and it felt much better. Though I could reach farther out, my teacher said that my forward stroke was good. He couldn't say the same for my kick.