Moar practice. Push yourself a little further each time you swim underwater. Try to get relaxed before you start, hold still for a few minutes, try to lower your heart rate as much as possible, and make sure your stroke is smooth underwater. I try to zone out and get an almost sleepy feeling before I start. You can also try to 'packet' air before, forcing extra mouthfuls in your lungs, but that wont really help you till you are more advanced.
Originally Posted by Crossbolt
Doing static(non moving) breath hold intervals throughout the day might help you a little, but static and dynamic breatholding are two pretty different things, same for out of water vs in water. I can do 3:00 Static underwater, but dynamic, only 50 yards underwater.
DONT hyperventilate before, and NEVER do any sort of breath holding in the water without a buddy/spotter who is looking after you.
Originally Posted by syberia
whoops my apologies to the OP ma'am i should never assume. carry on.
Originally Posted by UpaLumpa
i agree that running is quite an efficient cardio workout, what sort of yardage at what target heart rate were you thinking of for swimming? in general when I would swim, we'd would try to get our HR between 160-180 for about 2000 yds (for example 20x 100 on 1:20 pace) obviously most people are not able to maintain that pace for an hour and a half. so we would add in drills, kick work, sprint work. I do agree that a good swim takes about an hour at minimum
this amounts to fantastic training as a competitive swimmer sprinter or otherwise. Upa Lumpa is what you're saying that the particular mechanics of running is more efficient for martial arts? on average what sort of mileage at what heart rate is a good run?
I would venture the statement that unless one has a foundation in constructing and executing a proper swimming work out, then they would probably be better off running for cardio as opposed to trying to learn how to swim for the purpose of cardio training. otherwise i like swimming more than running hence why I swam in hs.