Thread: bite of air
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Old 07-19-2011
RadSwim RadSwim is offline
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Spearing deeply is a necessary evil for a couple of reasons:
1. To get the feel of horizontal body position, before you figure out how to do it with core muscles.
2. If you have poor shoulder joint flexibility and cannot maintain a more horizontal arm position, you are stuck spearing deeply until your flexibility gradually improves (took me about 5 years).

The cost of a deep spear is pulling yourself too deep, with resultant difficulty getting to air. Then, many of learn creative compensations like head lifting, neck craning and thoracic spine bending.

The other risk is imprinting a less-than-desirable posture that has to be unlearned later.

I started TI swimming in 2005 and am just now getting rid of the last vestiges of the deep spear. Breathing gets much easier with a higher spear, catch and pull positions.

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