Good swimming technique is essential for an effective stroke. And listening to music is the perfect way to improve your stroke. By matching your stroke to the energy and tempo of the music, you’re well on your way.
So whether you want to swim faster or more slow and steady, a good playlist courtesy of your Underwater Audio Waterproof iPod will help you accomplish that goal.
The first step to picking the perfect playlist that will help you improve your stroke is choosing the right type of songs. Songs with a positive message are key. Let your music be like your own personal cheerleader, cheering you on when all you want to do is give up.
You want to feel unstoppable when you’re in the pool. Messages about overcoming all odds, enduring through the hard times, and realizing your own strength are super motivating.
Break-up songs or songs about how hard life is are the opposite of motivating. And if the song is super depressing, it just might make you depressed too, which isn’t a good combo when you want to work out. So, pick those songs carefully.
High Energy Songs
When I need a little extra motivation to keep practicing my stroke, I listen to songs with a sick beat that are high energy. I definitely recommend house music, hip-hop, or power pop music.
Some great artists to check out include: Calvin Harris, Tiesto, Avicii, Black Eyed Peas, T.I., Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, and Kelly Clarkson.
Match your own energy in the pool to the energy of the song, and you’re more likely to keep going a little longer than you thought you could.
Focus On Form
While you’re jamming out to your tunes, don’t forget the importance of form. Keep your head straight and look directly down. If you look forward, you’re likely to lift your head, which causes your hips and legs to drop and you’ll end up having to kick harder to keep them up.
Try to swim more on your side, rolling from side to side with each arm stroke, rather than on your stomach and chest. You’ll have better propulsion as you engage the larger back and shoulder muscles.
You can save energy during long distance swimming by using a two-beat, or flutter-style kick. This is achieved by kicking at the same pace as you stroke with your arms.
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