When it comes to swimming, muscle memory is an extremely important part of the learning process.
At first, swimming can be challenging for most people. While many other sports come quite naturally, it tends to be more difficult to master stroke technique while getting used to moving through the water. When you think about it, most sports involve skills that are used in everyday life- running, throwing, swinging. Even if you’ve never played baseball before, you go into your first day with the ability to run to first base, throw the ball, and swing the bat. It will take practice to get better at these skills, but at least you’ve had experience with these movements in the past, and your muscles know how to perform the motions. This is what we call muscle memory.
When you swim for the first time, your body is not used to the motions that are required. In order to make swimming feel second nature, you must practice the movements over and over again. The more often you repeat the motion, the stronger your muscle memory becomes.
This is one of the reasons that the structure of our lessons allows our students to progress so quickly. Since the lessons are every day, muscle memory forms rapidly. This then allows more time to practice other skills, such as endurance and efficiency. This also explains why you may see students practicing similar skills each day. Although each student is pushed more and more as the days go by, the basics must be repeated in order to build stronger muscle memory.