When it comes to training the swim can be very daunting to new triathletes, it seems like there is so much to focus on from breathing to body positioning, all while being in the water. But don’t worry, here are our top 5 swim tips for beginner triathletes.
1. Be Consistent
Consistency is key when it comes to swimming for beginners, if you’re not consistent you won’t be able to see many benefits as your body will forget how your technique from your previous swim. We would recommend you swim once per week at a minimum to keep improving your technique but 2-3 swims is ideal to see regular improvement.
2. Learn What a Good Swim Stroke Looks Like
If you don’t know what you should be aiming for it’ll be much harder to improve your stroke. There are plenty of videos online that give good examples and explain what a good swim stroke will look like, watch these then film yourself in the pool to compare and spot what you need to work on.
3. Learn How to Use Training Aids
Pull buoys, kickboard’s and paddles are all examples of a training aids, and while you don’t need to have all of them, integrating a few into your training can really improve your technique. We advise that you get a kickbouy, which is just a combination of the pull buoy and kickboard. This will allow you to isolate the arms but also the legs, letting you work on two of the main components of the swim individually.
4. Don’t Rush It
Taking your time and not over training is important in any discipline, and pushing yourself too hard in the beginning will likely result in injury and making you feel discouraged. Remembering to listen to your body and to actually take rest days is an important part of your training. However if you do end up injured don’t feel discouraged, take it as a lesson and apply it to your training in the future.
5. Enjoy Yourself
Remember that you’re not only here for the fitness gains but also to have fun, whether that be by joining in with your local community or by enjoying the sport solo. Make sure you keep smiling, it will not only improving your physical ability but also your mental ability and will ensure you can keep going when the training gets tough.
What are your best tips for beginners? If you’ve enjoyed this article be sure to check out our other training tips here.