Staying in balance for a smooth freestyle isn’t always as easy as it looks. Sometimes it takes more than one to really accomplish the perfect stroke.
Why Do It:
Position 11 freestyle helps you understand the alignment of the hand entry… at shoulder width, rather than crossing over.
How to Do It:
1. Start with your hands extended directly in front of your shoulders in a straight line… forming an 11 with your arms.
2. When you need a breath, either lift or turn your head to get some air. Your body type or situation may decide which way you should go to air.
3. Now take a few kicks to check your balance, then take one stroke, getting a breath on the stroking-arm side. The other arm remains extended in Position 11.
How to Do It Really Well (the Fine Points):
Bring a friend. While most people won’t be able to do this drill as a team, certain swimmers may find drills like this a fun way to stay swimming, while carrying that someone special along with them during practice. Start with Position 11 balance, then take it to Position 11 freestyle… always making sure to maintain a stable core… so as not to wake up your friend.
ESPECIALLY if you’re carrying a special someone to the pool with you, consult your doctor first to make sure swimming for two is right for you.