In this video, we talk about oxygen, the most important nutrient and one that we often overlook. The fact is, without oxygen we can’t live for more than 7 or 8 minutes. And with oxygen it helps us to produce one of the most vital fuels for our muscles called ATP. We can produce ATP in our bodies without oxygen but we don’t produce it nearly as efficiently. When we have oxygen versus not having oxygen we produce 15x more ATP and we don’t produce a byproduct which is called lactic acid which slows us down. How can we develop breathing patterns to get enough oxygen?
So the point is, we need as much oxygen as we can get! The problem is, the act of getting oxygen, or breathing, is problematic for freestyle, breaststroke and butterfly. So we have to learn to breath in a way we reduce the consequences which are increasing drag and slowing our stroke rate. If we can learn to breath effectively and fast and quickly, we can get more oxygen and improve our swimming performances.
Read more about the 2:3 breathing pattern for freestyle in Gary’s Aqua Note “To Breathe Or Not To Breathe … That Is The Question“.