There are all sorts of myths out there as to what will and will not make you a faster swimmer. While some of the myths are actually proven and accurate, many of them are just made up to make some people feel better or worse about their swimming abilities. If you want to become a faster swimmer, you need to know about the myths so you know which ones to believe.
This myth is actually true. They have started to make high-tech swimsuits that provide more buoyancy and create less fatigue on the body. The 2006 Beijing Olympics had more record-setters than ever before and it was because of these suits – and what caused them to be banned from the 2012 Olympics.
Fat People Swim Faster
This is not true in the slightest. The myth started because it was believed that the buoyancy would help to stay on top of the water easier. Before you go out and get a Big Mac, though, know that it is your core muscles that help you to stay on the water – and provide you with the ease to get through the water faster.
Rub Yourself Down in Oil
You don’t have to rub yourself down in oil in order to swim faster. While Captain Matthew Webb rubbed himself down in porpoise oil to swim the English Channel, he did so to stay warm, not to swim faster.
Shave Your Legs
If you look at any swimmer or even professional cycler, you will see that they shave their legs – and sometimes even their arms. This is because it cuts down on the friction and allows for the body to go through the water faster. If you look at the sailfish and the dolphin – the fastest fish and the fastest mammal, there may be a method to the madness as they don’t have hair, either.
Lane 4 is the Fastest
Somewhere along the line, this myth came to light. To put it simply, you can win in any lane as long as you are the fastest. World championships have been won from every lane in the pool.
Buy Vitamin Supplements
If you take vitamin supplements, it may or may not help you become a faster swimmer. The results are inconclusive about whether or not it can make you a faster swimmer. The reality is that the only thing that will make you a faster swimmer is stronger muscles and practice. If the supplements help to provide you with more energy so that you can practice more often, then inadvertently, they can help. But in the end, it’s just a myth because you can take all the supplements in the world and it won’t help you to become a faster swimmer.
Once You Learn a Stroke, That’s It
There’s the myth that you can’t excel in more than one stroke. This would mean that you could never be good at the butterfly stroke if you are already good at the freestyle. This myth must have been created by someone who simply didn’t want to go out there and learn another stroke – or wanted an excuse for not doing well in the new strokes they learned. This myth is a bust – and if you disagree, talk to Michael Phelps.
Don’t Drink Anything Other Than Water
If you drink water, you should be able to swim faster through the water, right? Well, yes, but this isn’t why people drink water. They drink water to boost their metabolism and reduce the amount of fat that gets deposited on their body.
Don’t Train Anywhere Other Than the Pool
Strength training is a big part of becoming a faster swimmer. You need a strong core, strong back, strong shoulders, and strong legs and arms. If you don’t go to the gym periodically to work these, you may not be able to work them in their entirety while you are in the pool – and this can lead to muscle strain in one area or another.
Now that you know about all of the myths, you can work on becoming a faster swimmer the right way – through hard work and exercise.