In my swimming workouts, I try to practice bilateral breathing. It’s supposed to help me swim straight and get the most out of each stroke on both arms.  But just like most other swimmers, I’ve always had trouble with one side over the other, and each time I breathe on that side, I notice that I slow down.

While researching for that and looking into some articles about swimming, I did find my answer to what this issue can be and how I can solve it. The main theory is that I might be rotating more than I’m supposed to on one of the sides, while I should be rotating for 45 degrees at max! Any additional rotation causes increased drag on the opposite side, which turned out to be my main issue.

If the same thing is happening with you, make sure you’re covering all you bases:

– Ensure that you are inhaling through your mouth and exhaling out of your nose.

– Never hold your breath; when your head in under water you should always be exhaling.

– Make sure you rotate your head so that your chin is as close to your shoulder as it can be, as compared to rotating your whole side/body. This will allow you to start inhaling as soon as you can before your body starts to rotate.

– Rotate no more than 45 degrees.

– Practice with a kick board while keeping one hand on the board and repeating your stroke with your other hand. This will help you get more power out of your stroke with strength training, and feeling where your hand is ‘catching the water’ as opposed to just slipping through.  It helps you find the weak points and focus on the problem.

Hope this helps! I personally work on these points all the time as I try to keep good form in the water. It has been very effective so far!

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