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Old 01-07-2011
robedon robedon is offline
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Default shoulders getting very tired

Hello All,

Recently, my shoulders have been getting really tired, almost exhausted as I swim. Could it be that my muscles are tired or a lack of oxygen problem? My arms get tired and weak feeling after about 4 laps and I feel like I can hardly reach out or pull.
After a year, I still get of breath swimming laps. I breathe out, I feel like I've tried everything, I'm getting at my wits end with this as I feel the time and money I've invested in swimming I should be at least decent at it by now. I swim often (2+ times per week), and I'm in good shape in other sports.
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Old 01-07-2011
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I suspect technique is the issue. Can you post a video? When I was first videoed underwater one of the things I discovered was that as a consequence of incorrect spearing action I was 'pulling' with a straight arm. That made my shoulders burn after a very short time. Once I fixed the spearing and, with it, the catch, all shoulder fatigue disappeared.
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Old 01-07-2011
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Lawrence, could you say more or explain what you mean by "incorrect spearing action"? I'm also concerned that I do not have sufficient elbow bend.

How can one determine if they have sufficient elbow bend in their freestyle stroke?
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Old 01-07-2011
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Default You may be "pulling" rather than using core rotation

I sometimes feel like I am pulling with my arms, which gives the sensation that I am using my shoulders for power. When my stroke feels correct, however, there is no shoulder strain at all. Instead, I feel the pulling power is being generated by hip and core rotation. To make this happen requires proper timing and coordination of the downward kick of the 2-beat kick, rotation of the hips and body, with the generated energy transferring to the "pulling" or catch arm. This same energy also helps propel the recovery arm forward into spearing position with very little effort. When I get this right, I feel like I'm not using my shoulders at all.
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My own version of incorrect spearing action was, at the time, a matter of spearing towards the centre line, flat across the water rather than slightly downwards and, I think, with the hand entering too far from the head. It took seeing myself on video to see how far away from Shinji's technique I was.

Once I fixed the spearing I found, to my enormous relief but also excitement, that a good and consistent catch was happening all by itself.
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