In this video, you will find out how to
fix the most common freestyle mistakes watch this video to correct your
swimming technique Welcome to the channel! When you fix
these mistakes, you will be able to swim
much longer and much faster The most common mistake that crucial effects a swimmer is made during the arm stroke if swimmers perform an arm stroke with low elbow position the swimmer doesn’t catch
as much water and pulls from the surface arm strokes are the most important
element of freestyle swimming By performing a correct arm stroke, you’ll be
able to catch large amount of water and pull to gain speed and move forward, therefore each swimmer must be sure that the arm stroke technique is correct if you have this mistake, you will learn how to fix it Actually, this is easy! The mistake comes in the first phase of an arm stroke, in the beginning of a correct arm stroke, the forearm is turned inside and elbow look upwards if you have wrong technique, your forearm is not turned inside
and elbow look downwards forearm position is the key part of this mistake There is no chance to perform a correct
arm stroke when the swimmers forearm is not turned inside and the elbows directed downwards In this position, an arm stroke movement is the same as a swimmer is pulling a rope This is the wrong movement for swimming An important point is that a swimmer is not able to catch the water and push it, by performing such arm stroke hands will go through the water and swimming will
become harder and super inefficient First, in the beginning of the arm stroke you need to turn your forearm inside so that your elbow is directed upwards in this position it is impossible to perform an arm stroke wrong In the first part of the arm stroke, you need to catch the water you should perform a movement with your forearm facing downwards while your elbow stays in high position By doing a correct catch of the water you’ll be able to pull the water When you catch the water you need to start performing the arm stroke by using entire arm a high elbow position allows you to include your back muscles When you use incorrect arm stroke technique you can use only your arm muscles So during the entire arm stroke try to keep high elbow position Here is the best dryland exercise
to set up your correct arm stroke technique While doing this drill,
you’ll get absolutely another feeling of the arm stroke You need to
take a chair or a bench, locate the chair in front of you and put one hand on it This imitates your study position of the arm stroke Then, turn the forearm inside to
get high elbow position Once the arm is ready, perform an arm stroke with high
elbow position and push the chair backwards Now, you can see incorrect way to perform
an arm stroke In the starting position, the elbow look downwards while performing the arm stroke the elbow drops down and hand is pulling the chair as a
rope When arm stroke is performed, you can continue doing arm strokes in the air to memorise the correct arm position Take a video of you performing this drill to figure out whether you have good arm stroke technique or not While swimming freestyle, you need to take a breath to the side A common mistake swimmer make is when they perform an arm stroke while taking a breath You want to breathe while your hand is in recovery and another hand is in front At this moment, your upper body is turned to the side, one hand is recovering forwards and
another hand is in front to provide support for the body When a swimmer performs an arm stroke while being turned to the side, the arm follows the wrong trajectory Swimmer does not have a chance to control the arm stroke while taking a breath Therefore, the arm catches the water properly but then, it leaves the correct trajectory and goes close to the body Imagine, how much this mistakes
affects your swimming If at every breath your arm stroke is useless Watch carefully how to fix that! First, you need to work on dryland to get
the correct feeling of the movements In my next videos, I will teach in details
how to get correct breathing technique in freestyle Now, we will focus on the
timing for starting a new arm stroke While performing an arm stroke, another
hand is located in front it helps to get support on the water and glide forward In the end of the arm stroke, you need to turn the head to take a breath At the same time, the arm is recovering forwards while the other hand is still out in front Remember an important rule, you cannot start an arm stroke when your head is turned to the side When a breath is taken, you return your head to neutral position At the same time, you start a new arm stroke and recover the other arm forwards This timing of the movements guarantees that the arm stroke will be done in correct body position Try to memorise the feelings and the
rhythm While performing an arm stroke, focus that the arm goes on almost straight trajectory and doesn’t go under the stomach as you have seen in incorrect swimming To sum up this mistake, start a new arm stroke only when you head is back after the breath and your body is directed forwards Many swimmers lack of basic swimming
skills such as breathing technique Often adult swimmers learn to swim alone,
without a coach they succeed but there are high chances that some technical elements will be missed A common mistake is lifting head up for breathing this is a serious mistake, it makes swimming hard inefficient and damages other technical elements For many swimmers it seems that it is much easier to leave the head up to take a breath However, it’s not It is harder and much more uncomfortable to breathe this way by breathing like this, your body gets
down into the water and speed slows down dramatically I recommend that all of you learn to breathe correctly in freestyle First, you must start doing freestyle rotations with breathes on land Imagine that you have an axis that is going through your body from legs to the head By having this axis, you cannot move your head anywhere except rotating around the axis So while performing freestyle rotations turn your head only to the side While taking a breath, keep your head in horizontal position and then return your
head to neutral position Correct breathing technique to the side is much more comfortable and much easier than lifting your head up Swimming will become smooth and you will not spend any additional energy for breathing, you will literally enjoy your swimming In the water, you need to practice breathing technique by performing swimming drills The best drill for practicing side breathing technique is to do kicking against the wall One hand is in front and another hand is by your side You need to take a breath to the side and constantly perform good kicks While performing this drill, don’t lift your head up at all turn it only to the side To succeed in this drill, you should try to keep one of your eyes under the water Perform this drill for 30 seconds and have a break While swimming try to take a breath exactly in the same way as you were doing in the kicking drill don’t be afraid that water will get into your mouth while taking a breath lift your
mouth to the side which is above the water Every competitive swimmer does it,
do it too and your swimming will become comfortable Swimming technique requires constant
attention and improvement By swimming hard intensive training sessions our technique falls apart little by little this is not a problem, if you have a
stable swimming foundation However, if you don’t, technique can easily be ruined Another common mistake is to take short arm strokes Often, this mistake happens due to swimmers trying to rush and skipping swimming skills By performing short arm strokes, swimming becomes hard, swimmer gets tired very quickly and
body position lows In the beginning of the arm stroke, you need to catch the water in high elbow position This is half of your successful arm stroke you need to perform a long arm stroke with the proper trajectory In freestyle lessons, I will explain in details everything about the arm stroke, stay
tuned! In the end of the correct arm stroke, your hand should extend and your fingers should touch your leg Once you touch it, you know you are in good
position For triathlon swimmers, it is super important to perform long efficient arm strokes In order to increase swimming speed and save the energy for cycling and running By doing correct arm strokes, you will notice how
much easier and more enjoyable swimming is for you The common mistake is have large bending at the knees Many swimmers don’t know how to perform kicks, know the leg movement, what the rhythm is or what muscles must be working This approach cannot provide sufficient kicking technique the worst part of incorrect kicking is that it slows down your swimming speed plus it takes a lot of swimmer’s energy Kicking doesn’t provide a large speed boost thus, it is not that important for swimming and especially for triathlon that’s why, we need to reduce any movements that decreases our speed and create water resistance First step to start is swimming with straight legs However, you should keep your legs relaxed Due to water resistance your legs will not be straight, they will bend at the knees In other words, your legs should be relaxed
and at the same time straight This will help you to perform correct kicks Kicking amplitude should not be too high ideal kicks are performed in body’s
streamline A drill to set up your technique is freestyle kicking in vertical position You can keep your hands on the lane rope, on the water surface or in any other comfortable position Kicking in vertical position will force you to perform kicks with straight legs bending a little at the knees This is the only way to stay in this vertical position if you bend legs too much, Most likely you won’t be able to stay in stable position while performing this drill try to memorise the feelings of correct kicking to repeat them while swimming freestyle You can do vertical kicks for 30 seconds and have a break Now you are able to fix and avoid any of these mistakes By practicing exercises and swimming drills Do it regularly and your swimming will
be fast and easy Let me know in the comments! Thank you for watching this video! Please, subscribe to the channel and share my videos with your swimming friends


  1. What do you think is the biggest mistake?
    1st – Low elbow arm stroke

    2nd – Arm stroke while breathing

    3rd – Lifting head for taking a breath

  2. I am sorry, I understand this concept, and when you push the chair it looks fine, but when you swim, I dont see much difference.

  3. Hey man; love the videos. Very informative, concise and technical. I was wondering if you could cover a video on swimming underwater? What is most efficient? For the Marine Corps I need to do atleast 2 laps without resurfacing. Big lungs help but being efficient and swift is also important but I've never had a lesson on underwater swimming.

  4. thank you! I've improved tremendously my freestyle in the past months but this helped me calrify some doubts I had been having that needed to be addressed. Now I'm excited to try my corrections tomorrow in my training session.

  5. Lifting your head while breathing is the worse because it increases drag and it also leads to the 2nd mistake: arm stroke while breathing. As far as the 1st mistake is concerned, I think it is a "serious" mistake if you want to swim fast or if you are interested in performances. Definitely, you will lose speed at every stroke you take. But if you swim leasurely it does not affect your form so much (as opposed to mistake n.1 and n. 2). Having said that the "low elbow" is a mistake and it should be fixed anyway. For a fair number of swimmers it is caused by the lack of shoulder flexibility or pain in their shoulders joints that prevents them to perform the correct "high elbow" arm stroke.

  6. Great video , but I need to rewatch it each time I am going swiming now. Biggest Mistake ummm the position of the elbow, no doubt.

  7. Dear viewers, what do you think about "Lifting head for taking a breath" part?
    I've seen lot of tutorials about breathing but no one ever have told you need to hold forward arm in front of you while breathing! Yes, you have to breath as fast as possible between strokes (the reason is human body does not work powerful while inhaling) but to hold arms frozen is an typical "styer's error", you have to move your arms faster, that's the goal.

  8. Is this best swimming video ever? I watched it 10 times and still think so… I'll pass it on to as many people as I can.. Thanks for taking the time and putting the effort to produce such a masterpiece….

  9. i have trouble keeping my legs straight but then again I just started swimming and before i joined the team i haven't swam in years and i've never swam professionally

  10. Great informative video! I'm guilty of all three mistakes. Looking forward to correcting them. Love the practice for kicking technique

  11. Thank you, thank you, thank you! You’ve helped me realise I was trying to take a stroke while breathing, it was messing me up!

  12. this video is incredible! i've been interested in learning to swim freestyle properly & i am a kind of person who has hard time understanding any sort of exercise instructions, but these were all so clearly explained! thank you for this video

  13. I am going swimming today after a year or 2 and decided to watch a training video to recall some moves and realized I've almost forgot every thing… tnx for this helpful video

  14. This is excellent, thanks. Like you said, I'm an adult that has slowly been teaching myself to swim and I've gone from doggy paddling the length of the pool to now trying strokes. I noticed I'm faster but I feel slightly crazy because I know I have zero technique, lol. I will practice the 'land' moves.

  15. I think the most common mistake is the second one "Arm stroke while breathing". I do it, but now I know how to correct this mistake, thank you for these helpful videos, congrats!!!.

  16. Thanks for the video, but the differences between correct and wrong are not very clear. Even when it's wrong, the guy swims so fast and does not seem to have mistakes. Straight legs kicking is not constant but has pauses, what is the correct way of kicking ?

  17. Wow, thank you for putting this together. I know I'm doing two of these mistakes so I'll start working on them right away. Breathing while I'm stroking is one and i'm definitely short stroking in general.

  18. Thanks for taking the time to make this awesome video! #1 Low elbows – the dry land exercise was the perfect solution !

  19. Ужас!!! На 6 минуте , рассказывая про правильный гребок , показывает ДИКУЮ ошибку – гребок руками вообще без согнутого локтя , а не то что высокого локтя!

  20. Yet again, a brilliant video from Swim Up. Low elbow stroke and arm stroke while breathing were particularly helpful for me as these are my biggest errors. Very simple corrections are given. I have already videoed myself performing the arm stroke and can see the benefits already of turning the forearm into the correct position. Looking forward to practicing these. You have a new subscriber! Bravo.

  21. For the short arm strokes. Here is an interesting clip which asserts the contrary. I have swim with this method 4 years now and all I can say is that it's very comfortable and my hands don't get tired at all. Start the clip at 1:55

  22. My arm position is definitely a problem for me. I am righ-handed, and my left arm feels like a foreign body. Cannot control its movements AT ALL. I cannot wrap my head around how to make it do what I know it SHOULD do and what I've seen in all those instructional videos. Plus, my body keeps wiggling A LOT while swimming freestyle (left-right, like a snake). I do have double scoliosis and a hump under my right shoulder blade, can this be the reason for all this "not being able to make it"…? I will try some more…. But often times it feels like a lost cause for me :/ I loved the chair thing, and the entire video. Thanks! Greetings from Croatia.

  23. Greetings from Normandy France 🇫🇷 I will see tomorrow at the pool if I’m doing it right or not…atm watching this video in bed..I sub’d too by the way.

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