Remember: breathe out as well as in

It’s a common complaint amongst newcomers to the sport that they get out of breath quickly, despite being able to do other sports with no such problems. It’s often put down to technical issues with their stroke, or just not being a good swimmer, but in most cases it comes down to breathing. People having this issue are commonly holding their breath and then trying both to exhale and inhale whilst their mouth is out of the water.

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Breaking the magic minute

The 60 second mark for 100m freestyle stands as a significant milestone in the development of any swimmer. It has a certain resonance with swimmers, much as the 4 minute mile does for athletes, but what is the best way to wriggle under 60 seconds? We analyse those swimming around that mark to identify any potential strategies that can be adopted.

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