In order to swim faster, we need to have a great stroke with your arms. Equally important is our leg movements in the water. Recently, I have found a way to train my legs. Instead of swimming normally, I did a lap just by kicking. In other words, I put my hands in front of me and propel my body through the water by using only my legs. Of course, you can keep your arms at your sides if you are more comfortable doing so. As for the leg movement, it is just what normally you will do in front crawl style – scissor kicking up and down.
The first time I did it, it was not easy. The speed was much slower because only the legs were working hard. Moreover, to complete a lap using only legs can be tiring. However, after trying this method for some time, I find that my legs have gained much strength, not only in water, even when I do regular leg workouts at the gym. Kicking laps is definitely helpful in toning thighs, hamstrings and butt.
- If you have issue in staying afloat, you can use kickboard to help you. You will be able to concentrate better as you just have to kick your legs.
- Because you have to use your legs a lot, your calves may suffer from cramp. So, I strongly suggest you to stretch your ankles by pulling back on your toes. The other way is to kneel down on a soft surface, point your toes so the tops of your feet are on the ground, then sit back on you heels for a few minutes. Do some calf raises too.
Once you master the kicking movement, when you swim normally with both arms and legs, I am sure you can swim much faster!
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