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Tip 011: Ease of movement

"The outstanding characteristic of the expert athlete and musician is ease of movement, even during maximal effort. The novice is characterized by his tenseness, wasted motion and excess effort. That rare person, the “natural athlete,” seems to be endowed with the ability to play a sport (or a musical instrument) with ease. The ease is his or her ability to perform with minimal antagonistic tension. It is more present in some athletes than in others but it can be improved by all."
Bruce Lee - Tao of Jeet Kune Do

This is true in swimming, great swimmers make swimming fast look easy. They take long smooth powerful strokes.

Gary Hall, Michael Phelps, Ian Crocker, Brendan Hansen, and Natalie Coughlin swim with EASE. Most great swimmers through swimming history had beautiful strokes.

When you are training, concentrate on swimming with EASE.
Do it when you're swimming slow.
Do it when you're swimming fast.

Make swimming with ease your HABIT.

Eliminate wasted motions and tension.
Keep it together when you feel like you're falling apart.