What looks good is usually good. And cheetah on the run is just beautiful.
Nature can be a great inspiration to us, and with a cheetah, the fastest runner on the planet, we can see efficiency, power and speed in practice.
I took the liberty of borrowing part of a video from Greg Wilson (link to the full video below) in which he caught a cheetah running. The cheetah runs at speeds higher than 100km/h (60mph) and at the same time remains relaxed and elegant.
Slow-motion shots can show us how the cheetah naturally uses aerodynamics and biomechanics.
We as swimmers can learn the same principles (and for other physical activities s well). Principles that use the laws of physics and do not fight against them.
Here are some key points we can focus on as swimmers to swim smarter and faster:
The cheetah does not lose its elegance and softness even at the highest speeds. On the contrary, the faster he runs, the more graceful he looks. And the faster he runs, the longer his stride.
For swimmers, we often see the exact opposite – shortening the stroke and faster and more frantic movement, which leads to large energy losses and inefficient movement.
What a cheetah naturally has, we as swimmers must learn consciously.
Now watch a video with a cheetah and a comparison with swimmers:
Do you want to start learning the same principles that allow you to swim fast and elegantly? If so, start with video Freestyle Mini-Course.
Original video: Cheetahs on the Edge — Director’s Cut by Greg Wels.