My Swimming Passion
Lately, I was looking for a way to improve my freestyle technique in swimming. I had a passion for swimming since childhood, but never got the chance to compete on a national level. And that my technique was not perfect as I had learned swimming from my late father.
A friend whom we share the same passion suggested to me to improve my freestyle swimming technique through a course. While searching online, I happened to come across this course called “Mastering Freestyle Technique.” It was authored by Brenton Ford and Sam Ashby. Both Australian authors are experts in the field of swimming, and they have been in the industry for years. The sales offer was presentable, and I bought the course to give it a try. The purchase process was swift and smooth. Within seconds, I was able to get to the downloaded product.
As first look, I found that the course was made up of a suite consisting of some PDFs, audios, and videos:
- Mastering Freestyle Technique eBook
- Mastering Freestyle Technique Drill Card
- Top 10 Recipes for Swimmers
- Beginner’s Guide to Swimming Accessories
- Eating to Win
- Back to Basics
- 8 Most Common Faults
- Mastering Freestyle Technique Videos 1-4 + Bonus video
Interestingly and also very excitedly, I began to explore the course. The materials in the PDF were clear and easy to understand. With the step-by-step instructions and static video captures, I was able to understand and digest the material well. Concepts like how to swim faster, longer and easier were taught. It started off with the importance of balance and body position control in the water. Next, several drills were implemented to gain momentum with the freestyle. Gradually, the hands and legs are brought into the drills to complete the training.
The most enjoyable part was the videos! The videos being in AVI are easily playable on any player software. The videos are clear, fun and interactive with Sam being the demonstrator. He started teaching the basics of the freestyle swimming. The videos were shot from different underwater angles of the pool as the freestyle swimming technique is illustrated.
There is also some nice background music as Brenton was narrating the steps of the performed technique. Hence, I found the instructions are lucid and to the point. There is a sense of progression from basic to intermediate techniques being taught, as the videos progress from 1 to 3. There is also a bonus video where Sam showed me how to do a freestyle turn. I had a phobia of making a turn at the end of the lap all this time. However, this step reinforces my understanding better, as I am not that fearful now.
I chose to test out some of the basics that I have learned in the videos. Indeed, the experience was amazing! I realized that some of the freestyle techniques I had known all along were incorrect. For example, I found that I can swim the freestyle at a more “leisurely” pace if I focus on propelling my legs than applying more energy on my arms. By doing this way, I would not feel very fatigue at the end of the routine. Next, the shoulders and hips should do more of the work in rotating my body from side to side to develop power while executing the style.
Regarding speed, I benefited in that I can swim faster and finish my lap rounds faster. By how much? I don’t have the exact figure. But at least, I do not feel the fatigue that much when I completed 12 laps of freestyle! Anyway, results can vary from individual to individual.
I felt more confident and assured of my diet when it comes to swimming days. As more of us are aware, good diet plays an important part in shaping our bodies and giving our bodies important nutrients which help us to recover faster from tough training. I am more aware of certain foods needed for post workout swimming. Myths such as going on an empty stomach before exercising are wrong!
Other than one minor “fault” in the ebook, where the images are a bit small and not labeled properly, I found that this course had benefited me in one way or another. It is worth to make a purchase today. If you want to improve your freestyle technique, regardless of competing or recreational, you should buy the course now. It will help you to become a faster freestyle swimmer.