Breathing Tips for Swimmers

When it comes to breathing, new swimmers often struggle to master their technique, while veteran swimmers continually strive to perfect it. Use this guide to get the air you need in the water.

Proper Breathing Technique for Swimming

Proper Breathing Technique for Swimming

Learn how to get comfortable in the water and find a rhythm to your breathing, even through a stressful triathlon swim start.

Bilateral Breathing

Bilateral Breathing

Many swimmers use only one side to breathe on, especially those who log a lot of freestyle yards. One of the most common questions in the swimming world is should you breathe on one side only or use bilateral breathing?

4 Steps to Easy Breathing in Freestyle

4 Steps to Easy Breathing in Freestyle

For beginning swimmers, learning to breathe is as important as discovering your stroke. Here are four ways to gradually build your confidence in the water.

Breathing Mechanics That Will Help Your Freestyle

Breathing Mechanics That Will Help Your Freestyle

If breathing breaks your stroke's rhythm, the solution isn't to hold your breath. Use these tips to put air in your lungs without compromising your technique.

Extra Air and Fast Turns in Distance Swimming

Extra Air and Fast Turns in Distance Swimming

Long pool sets mean lots of flip turns. For some swimmers, not breathing in and out of the turn can leave them gasping for air. Next time you're short of breath, try this method.

Mastering the Top 5 Freestyle Breathing Challenges

Mastering the Top 5 Freestyle Breathing Challenges

The most common questions I hear about the mysteries of swimming efficiently usually involve breathing. Here are the top five challenges in learning how to breathe in freestyle.

Breathing Basics: Getting Comfortable

Breathing Basics: Getting Comfortable

Until your swimming breath becomes routine, effectively focusing on other aspects of your stroke is impossible. Try this unique out-of-the-pool exercise to help you get comfortable.

Inside-Out Breathing: Get the Air You Need

Inside-Out Breathing: Get the Air You Need

There's probably a greater range of breathing skill in swimming than in any other activity. Elite swimmers can breathe effortlessly while maintaining perfect form at maximum exertion and world-record pace.

Perfect Your Breathing With a Better Body Position

Perfect Your Breathing With a Better Body Position

Do you get fatigued easily in the water because of lack of air? Improve your breathing by balancing your body position.

Q & A With Natalie Coughlin: Breathing and Hand Position Tips

Q & A With Natalie Coughlin: Breathing and Hand Position Tips

Olympic gold medalist Natalie Coughlin answers your questions on maximizing your freestyle breathing and fine-tuning your hand position.

Q & A With Natalie Coughlin: Flip Turns and Better Breathing

Q & A With Natalie Coughlin: Flip Turns and Better Breathing

Olympian Natalie Coughlin answers questions about improving your flip turns and having greater control over your breathing.

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