Re: bilateral breathing- exercises.
- From: "booner" <b3booner@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2005 15:22:06 GMT
I've self taught - and similar to you (been swimming about 4 years - and
only breath from my strong side (my right)). I found the Total Immersion
drills very helpful to enable my body roll to facilitate breathing from
either side. So while I do not always breath from both sides - I can now
(before I felt like you - just wasn't working).
"diablo" <diablo@xxxxxxx> wrote in message
> "KOS" <computerstuff2@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
> > Hi, I have a question about bilateral breathing. I have been swimming
> > now for the past 4 years. I do a lot of freestyle. My question is
> > bilateral breathing. I usually breath to my strong side which is my
> > left. But I now want to implement bilateral breathing.
> > I have read that it is good practice to breath one lap down the pool on
> > your weak side then strong side.. vice versa. However, when I breath on
> > my weak side, that is the right side, I feel like I am swallowing lots
> > of water and feel like almost sinking. Can someone offer some advice on
> > how to get this bilateral breathing done right? this was the first time
> > I have done this type of breathing- so I guess it will take practice..
> > Maybe I am not getting good rotation on my weak side?
> > any help you can offer would be excellent.
> > Thanks
> > KOS
> I would encourage you to work on bilateral breathing a little longer. As
> Eric mentioned, it's not a huge advantage to be able to do it, but it does
> promote a balanced body. If you go through a period of 4-6 weeks of
> on it a little each session and you still feel its a pain in the a**,
> concentrate on other things.
> That said, someone above mentioned your body rotation is imbalanced, and
> that was my first thought. Trying to work on rotating to your weak side
> isn't too difficult. If you have a pair of fins or zoomers it'd be best to
> start these drills with those, taking some pressure off of your upper body
> to provide the propulsion will allow you to concentrate on the drills.
> Initially i'd recommend doing catch-up drill with an arm extended. You
> mentioned your left side is your strongest. When your left arm is
> and your right arm pulling, work on getting that right shoulder very high,
> and having the right hand pass close by your face during the recovery -
> will promote a high elbow position, and force that right shoulder higher
> of the water, while in effect you 'lean' on that left arm out in front.
> Always remember that rotation of the body doesn't start and end at the
> shoulders, but at the hips - so as your leaning on your left side, make
> your right hip is up as much as your right shoulder.
> Once you have a feel for this type of high elbow-shoulder recovery, you
> want to remove the catch up drill and replace it with single arm - your
> arm still extended in front to provide balance, and still using fins to
> you, working on the principles mentioned above. The next step after this,
> would say move on to single arm with your left arm by your side, pulling
> only with the right arm and breathing to the LEFT (the non-pulling side) -
> while doing this drill, you're still working on body rotation getting both
> shoulders, right and left out of the water, using your hips and trunk to
> drive the rotation.
> All the while you're working on a drill progression such as this with
> supplement it with plenty of full stroke regular swimming, working on
> implementing the principles of the drill into your stroke.
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