Swimming. It was never really my thing. I got my A&B swimming diploma for Online lifeguard certification, but I wasn’t the best. And even after my swimming diploma you never saw me in the pool. All that hassle, changing clothes, chlorine smell, and swimming back and forth a bit ‘drowsy’.
How different is that now? I swim 4 times a week, swim at an association, have personal training, and train for my first master competitions.
How did the tide turn?
It was June 2018. I had just given birth to twins a few months earlier. With an older child in the house a busy intention by online lifeguard certification. And I was ready for (yet) a challenge. I missed sports. Seeking relaxation and decided to go for a run. Easy to combine. After 3x I didn’t think the challenge was big enough and I decided that the triathlon (1/8 Th ) had to be done. Just completely out of my comfort zone. A big challenge. Something to bite into.
Oh… then you have to swim. Well, I can’t.
A front crawl course was therefore really necessary. If I do participate in the triathlon, I also want to be well trained at the start for online lifeguard certification. And so I started with the basic front crawl course. I really couldn’t make it across the pool.
What I didn’t know at the time is that I would completely lose my heart to swimming. Swimming turned out to be more difficult than expected. Not only did my running condition not help me. It also turned out to be very technical. And how can you exercise when you can’t breathe continuously? So I had to work. Apart from the course, I started practicing once a week.
After 12 lessons the course was over and with a lot of effort, I could just make it to the other side. But I still had a long way to go. But yes, that swimming. That was fun! So much more fun in the end that I traded running for swimming.
With swimming, I have to break free from the daily hassle. Your phone cannot go into the water. Available for nothing or no one. Literally an hour with your head underwater and let it be. Because it is so technical, I have to be careful.
Another advantage is that it is less prone to injury and that you really train your whole body. Actually, I am now trying to write between the lines that I have never been able to eat so much.
Strength training for online lifeguard certification
Swim twice, became three times. And three times quickly became four times swimming. Oh and strength training. I finished the triathlon. Fully guided by my swim trainer based on my swimming condition for online lifeguard certification. Because you may not benefit from running if you swim. The other way around is certainly true. A good swimming condition will definitely help you with running and cycling.
And now? Now I focus on starting my first master swimming competitions.
And who knows where that will lead!
Melissa (33) attended the front crawl course in September 2018. Started training with swimming schedules in succession. She is now training under the guidance of a KNZB swimming trainer and at a swimming club for her first swimming competition.
With her blogs, she takes us, as a starting swimmer, into everything she learns about swimming.
Swimming is still very popular. Swimming is healthy and often injury-free, making it a sport that many adults take on a weekly basis. Think, for example, of job swimming and trim swimming!
Commissioned, a group of students from Fontys University of Applied Sciences is conducting research into job swimmers for online lifeguard certification for, triathletes, open water swimmers, and other recreational swimming target groups. The KNZB is curious about your swimming needs and interests for online lifeguard certification in order to connect its products and services in the future. We would appreciate it if you participate in this survey.
Ask 10 swimmers in the pool why they are there and you will get different answers. One trains purposefully to improve a time or distance for online lifeguard certification. Another because after retirement time has finally become available for a new hobby and another just for fun and relaxation.
At the start of a front crawl course, I always ask about the motivation of the participants. Why the front crawl course? When I hear ‘relaxation’ it often has a double meaning.
Because in addition to ‘relaxation’ I often hear ‘being able to swim relaxed’. Where for a true swimmer like me an hour of swimming online lifeguard certification goes hand in hand with sports as relaxation for online lifeguard certification, for many participants, this is the challenge and a goal in itself; ‘be able to swim relaxed’.
Since I have assisted in teaching swimming lessons to adults for two years I have become very aware of what it does to you if you cannot relax in the water. Often participants have not come into contact with swimming due to origin and circumstances. If you don’t know what to do in the water with online lifeguard certification, and if your environment – with good intentions – also emphasizes that water is ‘scary’ and you should stay away from it, then the step to be able to relax in water is big. Let alone have a relaxing swim.
Fortunately, this is not so extreme in the front crawl courses, but as a teacher, you can quickly see in a first lesson whether someone can easily relax in the water with online lifeguard certification. Putting your head in the water and blowing out relaxed sometimes sounds more like a joke to start the course with.
That’s not cool at all to talk about at home, is it? Arms and legs must be moved, swim! Still, being able to relax in the water is the basis of a good front crawl. Your breathing is an important tool to help you with this.
We breathe in and out every moment of the day. Unconsciously competent, all from birth. During exercise, our breathing adjusts automatically. The length and depth change the rhythm of the breath, but your breath is always there, a fluid movement, in and out, with any sport.
Except for swimming
Except for swimming, holding your breath seems to be the first reflex. Often students breathe in all the air at once, and out at once. By holding it you keep a lot of tension in your body. Try relaxing while holding your breath, whether you’re moving or sitting still. Pretty difficult isn’t it?
Swimming is a fluid movement, and fluid breathing is part of it. If you find relaxation in your breathing, you will find relaxation in swimming. It helps to regularly shift your attention to your breathing while swimming, or preferably: to start each lesson with your focus on your breathing.
Yoga can also help you in several ways. In the more active vinyasa yoga, you link breathing to movement, just like in swimming. And even if you think about difficult poses when you think of yoga, breathing is the foundation of all poses. In any form of yoga, you learn to recognize breathing patterns and you receive guidelines to gain control over your breathing, during exertion and in relaxation. Handy for sports but also in everyday life!
Your breathing is the rhythm of that day, of your stroke, of your performance. Listen to it and feel what you need today for online lifeguard certification. Some of the exercises below may help you with that. With each exercise, you slowly exhale the air evenly and breathe in the same amount of air again. Wishing you a lot of relaxation!
- Sink downs, horizontally or vertically in the water
- Drop off in streamline and focus on blowing out
- Legs (possibly with a plank), one or two arms in front, and your head in the water
- One arm to the side, the other at your side, with a light leg kick, breath to the side
- Sit up straight in a way that is comfortable for you, you can close your eyes. Focus on your breathing. Take a minimum of 4 counts to inhale evenly, and take the same number of counts for an even exhale. Feel that you can find the space for your breathing in your abdomen and chest.
- Stay focused on your breathing for at least 5 minutes. As you get/are more advanced you can adjust the ratios of inhalation and exhalation, and work withholding ‘full lungs’ or ’empty lungs’ for online lifeguard certification. A metronome (via an app) can help with even counting, set it to 50 beats per minute.
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