Swimming perfection in 7 days

If I were to put everything I know about swimming
in this video and you tried to achieve swimming perfection in 7 days, three things would happen. You’d be tired.
You’d be heart broken. Must importantly you’d be amazed. I believe that you can learn most of the theory
of what makes a beautiful swimming technique in just 7 days. The key words here are “MOST”
and “THEORY”. MOST because as humans we haven’t perfected the optimal swimming technique
for each event, we probably never will but we are getting closer, so learning all the
theory for a perfect swimming technique in 7 days? not even possible in 7 decades I think.
I told you you’d be heart broken, but also amazed, keep watching. about the other “theory”
because it’s just words. That is essentially what have tried to do in our videos for the
last three years and what other channels are doing too. we actually teach most of the theory
in our swimming camps in 7 days. Giving you most of the theory is the easy part. In fact I can tell you most of the theory
of how to swim fast and effortlessly in less than 60 seconds. ready? (deep breath) are
you taking notes? no? that’s ok, just listen: Around 7 million years ago humans started
to walk in two legs. Since then we have developed a sense of vertical balanced. Great for walking,
terrible for swimming. In swimming you need to develop horizontal balanced. to do that
push your chest down and lift hips up. Water is about 800 times denser than air. Which
means that if you fight the water and swim in a big imaginary tube on any stroke you
will be stopped by frontal drag (water pushing the other way) quickly and you’ll need more
effort to move. Pushing your chest down, pulling your hips up, not fighting the water and swimming
in a small imaginary tube is around 80 percent of what you need to know. And Since we have
a little time left I’ll give you another 10%. Barbie fingers, high elbow pull and recovery,
use your core, don’t fear the wall, the wall is your friend, knees close, shoot forward,
stretch, plantar flexion almost always, dorsiflexion in breaststroke, rotate to breathe, aggressive
rotation in backstroke, and count your strokes. You may or may not have learned something
new, but you are probably not a better swimmer, not yet. To actually help you become a better
swimmer is much harder than giving you a bunch of facts and theories. That’s one of the
lessons we recently learned in our swimming camps. Theory doesn’t stick. Theory doesn’t
know your specific strengths and weaknesses. You need something more than theory. Songs,
analogies and stories help, but most importantly you need the technique that best fits you
and also you need pain and endorphins. The aztecs had a solution for toothache. They
chewed hot chili. The main ingredient of hot chili peppers, capsaicin is also one of the
most effective ingredients for topical pain relief. The way it works is that it produces
some amount of pain to your body, your brain sends endorphins (the feel good chemicals
in your brain) to reduce the pain, and the pain is reduced. That’s why even though
you suffer when something is really spicy, you also kinda want more and you feel good
and alive. That is the magic of endorphins and it is also what makes swimming and other
sports addictive. The physical and mental pain you go through are followed by a cocktail
of endorphins that makes you feel good. When I started swimming I had to go through
pain. I first had to fight my fear of drowning, as some of the people in our camp did and
I suspect a lot of you watching did too at first. This is the first and most painful
battle. Another important battle, which I had forgotten, is that swimming pools are
not very welcoming venues to people that are new to the sport. This was brought to my attention
by you, our audience. After you start learning how to move through the water better, and
are not embarrassed by trying swimming sparks your interest. It becomes interesting because you start figuring
things out. After the first stages of swimming, I wasn’t
getting all my knowledge from my coaches anymore. Some coaches don’t care or don’t know
about the correct technique past the basics. Sometimes I would figure things out by myself
by simply paying attention to how the water felt on my skin other times with the help
of other swimmers. When we figure things out the brain rewards us with another happy chemical.
Dopamine motivates us to take action toward goals, desires, and needs, and gives a surge
of reinforcing pleasure when achieving them. Usually the biggest dopamine rushes come after
achieving a goal that required intense physical and mental stress. Mental stress – that is an interesting concept
… “The definition of insanity is doing
the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” Chill out Einstein,
we are talking about practice where repetition is necessary. At least for a certain amount
of time. Doing the same thing over and over again does feel like you are going insane
and that’s mentally stressful. But creating muscle memory is no easy task. Last week I bought a new mouse. I bought it
because it has more customizable buttons and I can edit videos faster with it, in theory.
As I am writing this and editing this video I am actually slower. Not only did it take
me time to connect the mouse and program those buttons, I am slower because I haven’t had
practice and haven’t gotten used to it. Changing your swimming technique is like that. Sometimes, you do in fact get slower before
you get faster. When you correct a movement, you don’t feel comfortable and you swim
slower. As you get used to it and learn the nuances of the movements and develop the muscles
for that new technique, then you start the process of getting faster again. For some
of our swimmers in our camp that process of getting faster was extremely quickly and they
dropped as much as 6 seconds in a 200 freestyle the week after the camp was done. For others
they are still behind of where they used to be and are gradually moving towards getting
better with their new technique. That aspect of swimming can be heartbreaking. So changing your technique is physically and
mentally painful, but I also promised amazing remember? Besides the dopamine and endorphin rushes,
It is amazing what a few hours of deliberate practice can do when learning something new!
I know this from experience and decided to test it after I heard a ted talk called the
first 20 hours. I learned how to shuffle in 20 hours of deliberate practice. The results
amazed me. but I didn’t know I improved that much until
I watched the videos. My point here is that you need to keep a kind of record of your
results in order to be amazed. Not everyone can film themselves swimming, but journaling
at the beginning and at the end of the week could work. Even counting your strokes per
lap could amaze you. You will not reach swimming perfection in 7 days or 20 hours of deliberate
practice, and you will be heart broken some days but the results will amaze you. If you
are not a beginner the first 20 hours might apply to a specific sub-skill you want to
improve. For example your underwater dolphin kicks or the way your arm enters the water. And for those of you who clicked hoping to
learn something new about swimming technique that you can go and practice right now, try
this. Swim with barbie hands, and if you want an explanation of why this position is better
click here. As for this channel, we now have a better
idea of what you, the audience wants to learn and how to teach it. If you just want the
theory you can go through our archives or type in the search bar of youtube what you
want to learn followed by “skills nt”. “Freestyle arms skills nt” for example.
But something that we learned in our swimming camps and by reading your comments is that
theory is not enough help and you deserve more. For those of you like Robert Mitro who left
us this comment and are watching our videos for not just the theory buy also for motivation,
it is important that you join our newsletter for three reasons: The first – In our newsletter there will be
a set of exercises or a workout related to the video published to help you change theory
into muscle memory. The second – is that we will have exclusive
swimming content there, for example we will have a list of the top 10 most common mistakes
we saw in our swimming camp. The third is that Youtube will not notify
all of you every-time we publish a video. Since we are planning on publishing less,
about once or twice a month, we will be able to put more thought into each video so I recommend
not missing any of them. Knowing that it’s not easy to move from theory to actually getting
better, our videos will try to inspire and teach you something new, while being more
than an instructional video. To join go to https://skillswimming.com/newsletter-signup/
or click here. Let us know in the comments below what you
want to learn and what you thought of this video. Thanks for watching!
Swim fast!

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