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Old 01-30-2015
scribe3 scribe3 is offline
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Default Kickboard sets

I was wondering, if when you are swimming with a kickboard, are you suppose to take small breathes, I find if I breathe normally during the laps my core breaks and my hips drop low in the water. However, if I take small breathes I can maintain my core, an my hips break the surface of the water, as well.
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Old 01-31-2015
CoachBobM CoachBobM is offline
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How are you using the kickboard?

I've seen people who lean on the kickboard, using it to hold their head out of the water so they can breathe whenever they want, but this inevitably causes their hips to drop, as you described, creating lots of drag. Their kick then turns into a desperate effort to overcome the drag and move, which encourages them to develop a wide, flailing, up-and-down kick, which may be powerful but is not streamlined.

I would suggest, instead, getting rid of the kickboard and kicking in a skating position, which will allow you to practice balance and help you to develop a narrow, streamlined kick. You can then roll to breathe, as you would when swimming freestyle.

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Old 02-02-2015
scribe3 scribe3 is offline
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Default Kickboard

Thanks for your advice, I usually hold the kickboard with both hands at the top, an keep my shoulders relaxed, as possible. Also, I keep the front of the board slightly underwater to streamline my position.

I will try your suggestion, as well
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Old 02-03-2015
Josefish Josefish is offline
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You may also use a snorkel, so you can relax your head and get streamlined all the way to the wall .
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