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Nick 07-01-2018 02:27 PM

Breathing Confusion
Hi all!

I've been following the effortless freestyle course and am having some trouble. I'm on the Breathe Easy sequence of videos. In the initial video, Terry describes how the goal is to roll to air in aligignment without rotating head independent of body. I totally get that and it makes complete sense. Here are my issues:

1. In the following "Simple Roll to Air" video, you are maintaining alignment and almost turning supine in the water. I'm assuming that this drill is designed to imprint the skill of alignment. Why does he have you turning so far over to supine if you won't be doing that in whole stroke?

2. The next video "Breathe in Skate" he is maintaining skate alignment but turning his head only to breathe. This contradicts the theory of rolling to air in alignment. I'm confused.

I understand that these drills are building blocks that lead to a complete stroke but they seem contradictory. Thanks for your time in reading this, any advice is greatly appreciated!

IngeA 07-01-2018 07:19 PM

The two are "only" exercises and both have their point. In the second you breath in the position you will breath in whole stroke. In the first you roll to air.

In whole stroke you also roll to air, but you start in the skating position on the other side. With the stroke you roll the body from the skating position on the one side to the skating position on the other side where you breathe. In whole stroke you can't roll so far as in the first exercise, this would lead to instability, but you can imprint the rolling motion with the first exercise, the correct position with the second.

Best regards Inge

Nick 07-02-2018 12:44 AM

Thanks for taking the time to respond, I'll keep on working it!!!

CoachStuartMcDougal 07-02-2018 02:08 PM

Hi Nick,

Inge lays out the points of the skate to breath and sweet spot very well. These are primarily intended to maintain posture and head-spine alignment and allow air to find you and not go looking for air. It develops patience to wait for air to find you too.

In the video you will also practice the nod, whale-eye (one goggle in, one out - no breath), and pop-eye (one goggle in, one out, breathe) sequence. These too are intended to maintain alignment, as well as the timing in freestyle, and getting the easy breath (at pop-eye). You will discover both whale-eye and pop-eye are exactly the same timing and positions.

Although the 'easy breath' is not easy to learn, it's mostly about removing terrestrial impulses breaking posture/alignment, bending neck/lifting head to see the promise land of air. Seeing air doesn't mean air will get into the lungs. Allow air to find you.

Here's an old blog that may help too:

Be patient with the process, air will find you.


Nick 07-02-2018 08:06 PM


Allowing the air to find me is a great conceptual statement. It helps a great deal.



rami999 07-19-2018 04:57 PM

i have the same problem such as you!
thank you for sharing this

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