During my extensive swimming and coaching career, I’ve witnessed a change in the competition facet of the Finnish swimming culture. In the 90’s, having technical skills were valued above learning the right technique, which more often than not became a mere afterthought--it was considered more important to get higher lap counts than it was to have a solid technical foundation. Understanding the key facts that make the competition performance great have developed significantly and the competitors nowadays train much differently than 10-20 years ago. Motion swimmers' approach to the sport, however, hasn’t really changed during the last few decades. The majority of competitors gear their training goals towards quantity or amount of time spent training continuously. If the only aim is to get your heart rate up and burn calories, then swimming is an ideal sport since it is a full-body workout that challenges every aspect of our physical being. We at Amfibia believe that there is another way to look at through swimming, people of all levels can develop a stronger connection to their body and the water. In other sports, in order to become proficient in the sport, you need to master the basic techniques before you’ll focus on “getting fit.” For example, you won’t gain an enjoyable and long-lasting hobby out of tennis or dance if the balls keep flying in the opposite direction as intended or if your dancing partner and you don’t follow the same moves and steps.
Too often, we categorize swimming as a “cyclical” endurance sport in the same vein as running, biking, skiing, however, the level of skill required pales in comparison to that which is required in swimming. Efficient swimming is determined by the technique not the laps or the physical condition. That is why we encourage and challenge swimmers to look at their own swimming from the perspective of learning to be a better swimmer rather than solely as a trim. Your condition will inevitably increase along the way as you require new skills. And quite frankly there are enough new skills to learn, there’s more than enough to learn and practice for a lifetime even if you only like to train only one of the styles.
We, at Amfibia, look at coaching swimming from exactly this point of view; our goal is to give you the keys to a learning curve that lasts a lifetime.Our coaching is based on four key factors (in the order of learning); balance, line, rhythm and mechanical movement, that have been selected over the course of decades of experience to be the factors that’ll open up swimming as a better and enjoyable sport. You will see a whole new world open up to you by internalizing these four key categories and you’ll be a more relaxed, better and faster swimmer for sure.
In the future blog posts we will go through each category and the main features and exercises in more detail but for best results you’ll only get by putting the swimsuit on and trying it all in practice. Of course, we, at Amfibia, will be here to help you along the way.