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Swim Tips with Geoff Huegill

posted Nov 28, 2011, 3:07 AM by Clinton Williams
Swim Tips with Geoff Huegill 
by: Liz Graham 
From: National Features

SWIMMING champ Geoff Huegill explains how to improve your technique and endurance in the pool.
According to Commonwealth Games medallist Geoff Huegill, everyone has the potential to swim
well. "It's not overly complicated, for one thing, and because it's not load-bearing, people who have
had injuries can do it too," Huegill says.
So why aren't we all flying down the lanes? Huegill says the key to swimming faster is actually
slowing your stroke down. "The big mistake people make is rushing, and not going through the
process of a proper stroke."
By taking your time you'll improve your technique, which will save you valuable energy.
Here are Huegill's tips on how to do the perfect freestyle stroke.
The five freestyle rules
1. Switch on your core. "Pretend your body is a plank," Huegill says. "The straighter it is, the easier
it is to pull through the water. If your core is not activated, your legs start to sink, which creates
more drag in the water."
2. Keep elbows up. "After your arm has entered the water, make sure your elbows stay high in the
water," Huegill says. "The moment you drop your elbows, you start to lose strength."
3. Kick three times per arm stroke. "The best ratio of leg-to-arm power is a six-beat kick," Huegill
says. "What that means is that for every stroke, think one-two-three with your legs."
4. Lead with the crown of your head. "Look down at a 30- to 45-degree angle, so you can see the
lines on the bottom of the pool - that's what they're there for!"
5. Don't cup your hands. "You should have a relaxed grip of the water," Huegill says. The fingers
should be slightly separated, as though you were running them through your hair.
Geoff's freestyle breathing tips
+ Turn your head just enough so your mouth is able to open. Keep the lower side of your face submerged.
+ Don't get hung up on how many strokes to do per breath - do what works best for you.
+ It's not a problem to breathe only on one one side - professionals often breathe that way.
+ The more you can familiarise yourself with breathing, the easier it is.
+ If you're uncomfortable submerging your head, practise while holding onto the pool's edge.
For more freestyle tips and a great range of freestyle DVDs go to
Gary & Megan
Australian Swimming Clubs