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swim25
December 7th, 2007, 01:54 AM
So I was having a discussion with a friend of mine and he was making the argument that breathing to one side was horrible technique and not good to do while swimming. I swim breathing on both sides but after and long time I start to lose breath and breath on one side. I feel my technique is good but need to breath this way to continue on. An feed back from you on tis subject. I don't feel he is right.

Czarazuk
December 7th, 2007, 02:07 AM
An excellent article by Coach Emmett Hines on the subject of breathing and how often to breathe can be found here: http://www.h2oustonswims.org/. Click the "Articles" button on the left and look for the article entitled "Breathe How Often?" I believe this will address your questions, and it comes from an authoritative source.

geochuck
December 7th, 2007, 10:50 AM
I do not believe it matters which side you breathe on. I can breathe equally well on either side. I have done bilateral breathing but do not use it when racing.

I breathe very little in a 50 or 100 and breathe only on the left side unless I am watching another swimmer on my right side.

The article is good and yes bilateral breathing helps with balance, but do we need bilateral breathing after we have good balanced strokes?

Allen Stark
December 7th, 2007, 12:31 PM
Watch the elite swimmers at any meet.Very few breath bilaterally.

knelson
December 7th, 2007, 12:47 PM
An excellent article by Coach Emmett Hines on the subject of breathing and how often to breathe can be found here: http://www.h2oustonswims.org/. Click the "Articles" button on the left and look for the article entitled "Breathe How Often?" I believe this will address your questions, and it comes from an authoritative source.

Here's a direct link: http://www.h2oustonswims.org/articles/breathe_how_often.html

I totally agree with Coach Hines on this.

allenhighnote
December 8th, 2007, 01:12 PM
I swim breathing on both sides but after and long time I start to lose breath and breath on one side. I feel my technique is good but need to breath this way to continue on.

When anyone first starts breathing on their non-dominant side, it is usually difficult. Keep on working on it; it gets easier over time. The fact that is difficult shows you have room for improvement.