“ If I'd spent all week trying to get Kerry and Roger to find the elusive glide, they'd have hit a wall and got more and more frustrated. They wouldn't have learnt to come up to breathe and their holiday swimming plans would have been on hold."
So we needed to find a compromise. The 'holiday breaststroke' on the video clip isn't conventional breaststroke. Something deeply ingrained but 'incorrect' has remained dominant. But it works. It gets Kerry and Roger moving. And it's fine, so long as it doesn't cause them strain and anxiety when coming up for air.Both of them are relaxed about inhalation, Roger so much so that he lets the air come in through his nose. This is because they've learned to change the movement pattern of their arms, not throughout the stroke but just when support for the breathing position is needed. This much change is manageable for them. Instead of trying to come up for air every stroke, they're getting themselves going with a few strokes by doing what's natural with the arms then, when a breath is needed, keeping the arms forward and using them in a different way. For Kerry, being able to come up to breathe without stress is a hugely significant step.
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“In these posts we want to encourage anyone who'd like things to be easier in the water. You may be a non-swimmer struggling to trust the water, an improver trying to understand how the strokes work, a recreational or fitness swimmer who tires easily, perhaps with aches and pains, or a swimming teacher looking for a different approach. Two questions running through this blog are: What is it about being in water that makes us happy and benefits our health? Where does our focus need to be, to enjoy these benefits?
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