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(Daily Mail)   Want to swim faster? Spread your fingers. No, really, it's science   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 30
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2012-07-03 09:48:46 PM
I always wondered about that. But it's a smaller spread, not a wide spread. I'll try it next time in the pool.
 
2012-07-03 09:51:56 PM
There are professional swimmers?
 
2012-07-03 09:52:37 PM
Every swimmer I coach will be showing me this article in the coming months and I'll have to tell them that forked hands are not bear claw hands.
 
2012-07-03 09:53:24 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: There are professional swimmers?


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2012-07-03 09:54:42 PM
Jeez, is the DailyMail paying for Fark servers or something?
 
2012-07-03 10:00:07 PM
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-07-03 10:04:40 PM
I wonder if that also applies to the design of paddles.
 
2012-07-03 10:06:59 PM
OriginalGamer

Jeez, is the DailyMail paying for Fark servers or something?

Server moves ain't cheap. Expect fark to be selling its ass for a couple months.
 
2012-07-03 10:12:38 PM
kick your feet too!
 
2012-07-03 10:16:31 PM
This technique has other applications.
 
2012-07-03 10:21:50 PM
Seriously? I was taught this on my swim team in 5th grade... 15 years ago.
 
2012-07-03 10:24:15 PM

KarmicDisaster: kick your feet too!


Yep! Most people don't kick nearly enough, thus they look a bit strange shoving their way through the water at a 45 degree angle. The other thing that I do is stick my thumb out there. Basically it looks almost like you are giving a high five with a slightly curved hand. Practice practice practice!
 
2012-07-03 10:27:16 PM

HotWingAgenda: Seriously? I was taught this on my swim team in 5th grade... 15 years ago.


Most people (basically 95% of the population) doesn't know how to swim efficiently. Unless you swim competitively and receive proper coaching, you'll just never know.
 
2012-07-03 10:29:52 PM
The showstopper.
 
2012-07-03 10:32:18 PM

HotWingAgenda: Seriously? I was taught this on my swim team in 5th grade... 15 years ago.


Lol. Same here. now tell them how to not swim in circles by breathing on opposite sides.
 
2012-07-03 10:51:36 PM
I swim freestyle a mile a day, three to four days per week. I will be eager to attempt this.

It is indeed interesting to realize that expert coordination is possible among one's body parts to gain a more efficient stroke. Having never been professionally coached, I don't know what that coordination consists of, but I can tell there's an ideal way to do it.

I swim a mile in half an hour - I just wish I could force myself to do opposite-side breathing.
 
2012-07-03 11:12:28 PM
Can someone help me be even ABLE to breathe in and out of the water without nearly choking every time? I would love to swim a whole lot more than I do, but it gets tiring QUICK when you can only gasp for air every 3-4 strokes :(

I can barely breathe when the shower faucet hits my forehead, if that helps.
 
2012-07-03 11:12:57 PM

Huck And Molly Ziegler: I swim freestyle a mile a day, three to four days per week. I will be eager to attempt this.

It is indeed interesting to realize that expert coordination is possible among one's body parts to gain a more efficient stroke. Having never been professionally coached, I don't know what that coordination consists of, but I can tell there's an ideal way to do it.

I swim a mile in half an hour - I just wish I could force myself to do opposite-side breathing.


A mile in half an hour isn't too bad from a pace point of view. Have you ever tried using paddles or stretch cords to try to build up your upper body strength? The key thing that you're trying to do is move as much water as possible with your arms. That means using a keyhole stroke and positioning your hand correctly. My coaches always used to have me do drills where I would try to swim the length in as few strokes as possible. Try to move as much water as possible and then glide it out as much as you can. Once you minimize the number of strokes it takes, then you can start adding speed.
 
2012-07-03 11:17:52 PM
Duh?

Also, if you want to run faster, move your legs rapidly.
 
2012-07-03 11:43:51 PM
Pfft amateurs.
 
2012-07-03 11:58:00 PM

SniperJoe: Most people (basically 95% of the population) doesn't know how to swim efficiently.


Same with subject-verb agreement
 
2012-07-03 11:59:40 PM

Huck And Molly Ziegler: I swim freestyle a mile a day, three to four days per week. I will be eager to attempt this.

It is indeed interesting to realize that expert coordination is possible among one's body parts to gain a more efficient stroke. Having never been professionally coached, I don't know what that coordination consists of, but I can tell there's an ideal way to do it.

I swim a mile in half an hour - I just wish I could force myself to do opposite-side breathing.


Opposite side breathing is really not that important unless you are racing and need to see your competitors. Strength training will take you far, as will working on your kick and turn.
 
2012-07-04 12:05:52 AM

AnotherDisillusionedCollegeStudent: SniperJoe: Most people (basically 95% of the population) doesn't know how to swim efficiently.

Same with subject-verb agreement


Bah! Editing what I had to say screwed me up there! I'm being a bit scatterbrained tonight.
 
2012-07-04 12:20:56 AM

SniperJoe: AnotherDisillusionedCollegeStudent: SniperJoe: Most people (basically 95% of the population) doesn't know how to swim efficiently.

Same with subject-verb agreement

Bah! Editing what I had to say screwed me up there! I'm being a bit scatterbrained tonight.


No worries.
 
2012-07-04 12:36:21 AM
A study claims that an 'invisible web' of water is created by spread fingers, allowing swimmers to propel themselves with more force

While this is in no way new (a pretty obvious result of even an intuitive grasp of basic hydrodynamics), I can't say I blame the daily mail or even its readers for not knowing it.

I do want to note, however, that "an invisible web of water" is pretty much the stupidest way I've ever heard someone fail to explain chaotic edge effects.
 
2012-07-04 03:07:12 AM
I see Patrick Duffy has been posted. I guess we're done here.
 
2012-07-04 06:50:00 AM
Instead of breathing every three strokes, breathe every nine to really get that hypoxic training effect!
 
2012-07-04 07:29:25 AM
I remember during the last summer olympics, when Michael Phelps was doing his thang, I heard rumor that one of his techniques to increase his swimming power was that he gripped his toes during his strokes. Like, try to curl your foot into a fist, that kind of motion. Sounded plausible-yet-ridiculous, but I imagine that training for the olympics, you would want any possible edge you can get.
 
2012-07-04 08:55:31 AM
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This makes me faster too.
 
2012-07-04 12:02:44 PM

DesertEagle: Can someone help me be even ABLE to breathe in and out of the water without nearly choking every time? I would love to swim a whole lot more than I do, but it gets tiring QUICK when you can only gasp for air every 3-4 strokes :(

I can barely breathe when the shower faucet hits my forehead, if that helps.


I haven't tried it yet (I have a race in 2 weeks and am not changing anything right now), but I've had several people recommend the Total Immersion system to me. I'll be picking it up once I have time to re-structure my stroke.
 
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