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How does drilling make me a faster swimmer?

Unlike many other sports, swimming is very much based on technique. Where as for runners, there is some technique involved, most of us can lace up our shoes and go run. Similarly we may have learned how to ride our bike when we were young, and that was a skill acquisition at the time, but now we hop on our bikes and pedal away. Swimming, however is not the same. Practicing proper swim technique requires years of diligent fine tuning and adjustments to swim stroke. The engine, or fitness level of the swimmer, is often not the limiting factor in swim speed or swim performance. Instead it is the technique of the swimmer that often slows them down before their heart and lungs do. This is why drilling is so important. Swimming requires the contraction of multiple muscles in very specific patterns of movement. Where the body is in the water matters a lot. It can create more or less drag depending on the positioning. Breaking the swim stroke down into manageable chunks helps swimmers digest and perfect the proper placement of their body without getting overwhelmed with instruction. Fine tune one thing at a time and see the whole stroke come together as a faster and more efficient movement.

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