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Windrath
January 22nd, 2018, 02:40 PM
Some swimmers have trouble with their legs sinking when they swim freestyle. Although the main cause of this tends to be keeping their head too high which causes the feet to sink, one other main cause is they are not balanced. In the water, our freestyle body is like a see-saw with our lungs as the folcrum.

Watch this video -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AX60NnKvHsg

Challenge Exercise: Can you do this?

Tip #1: Hold your breath the entire time you are floating face down. if you exhale, your entire body will sink....

Tip #2: The more body mass you can keep "above" your lungs, the easier it will be for your feet to stay close to the surface. In other words, think streamline.

Tip #3: If you still have trouble getting into this position, it is likely because you have not figured out how to use your lower back, glutes, and hamstrings to "lift" your heels to the surface.

If you can float face down like the video, your feet probably do not sink when you swim.

Have fun with this little exercise.

Paul

arrieros
January 22nd, 2018, 03:25 PM
Iím working on this drill to lift my legs and feet in breaststroke!

quicksilver
January 22nd, 2018, 06:28 PM
Be very careful - the lifeguard just might actually wake up out of their stupor and try and save you!

Windrath
January 22nd, 2018, 10:41 PM
This would be a good position to incorporate into your streamline glide at the front of every stroke. I find that one key to keeping my feet up is to focus on "lifting" my feet to the surface as I start the outsweep portion of the pull. Focusing on "lifting" offsets the tendency to let the feet drop as a result of the upper body rising up.

Let me know if this works for you!

DeniseMW
January 23rd, 2018, 08:10 AM
quicksilver this is what happened to me when I tried floating. Lifeguard asked me to not do this because ie scared them.:D

arrieros
January 23rd, 2018, 10:49 AM
This would be a good position to incorporate into your streamline glide at the front of every stroke. I find that one key to keeping my feet up is to focus on "lifting" my feet to the surface as I start the outsweep portion of the pull. Focusing on "lifting" offsets the tendency to let the feet drop as a result of the upper body rising up.

Let me know if this works for you!

I think it's working... I just have to remember not to let all of the other elements of the stroke fall to the wayside when I focus on raising my heels haha. I'm sure it will become natural with practice after a while.