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Old 07-24-2014
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Default Core engagement & everything. I'm an idiot.

I'm a fool. I haven't been engaging my core enough all this time. Surely Rule 1 of swimming is Engage Core. Oh well, better late than never.

I couldn't work out why when I swim 1-armed freestyle, I don't feel uncomfortable or stressed with the breathing, but when I add the second arm, it becomes more uncomfortable. The problem was that as soon as I have two arms, my core naturally wants to disengage, so i was probably swimming with an arched back, which means my breathing is shallow and strained. When I tighten up the core again, bang, my hips rise and I get more satisfying breaths that go into my belly.

I haven't followed the fashion for tattoos, but I might get "engage core" tatted on my inner arms so I can see it every time I turn to breathe. :)
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