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Freestyle Moderate freestyle swimming (also called the crawl) is probably the most efficient and popular way to swim. Most recreational swimmers who swim at a moderate pace are not necessarily concerned with how long it takes them to swim a given number of meters or laps — rather, they swim purely for the enjoymentand exercise.

Once you've graduated from leisure swimming to a more vigorous freestyle, you've entered the world of semi-competitive, recreational swimming. Many swimmers who swim at this level join Masters' swimming groups, in which they can improve their techniques and swim competitively against others who enjoy swimming against time.

People who enjoy swimming for fitness often focus on their swimming pace. Moderately fit swimmers who can swim at 50 yards per minute can cover a mile in approximately 35 minutes. If you've honed your swimming skills to where you can swim at 75 yards per minute, then you're entering the world of the elite recreational swimmer. At this rate, you can complete a mile swim in just over 23 minutes — plenty of time to get your workout in and still have time for lunch!  

Backstroke
Backstroke is one of the four competitive swimming events that take place in the water. During the backstroke, the swimmer lies flat on his back with his arms and legs extended. The arms are the major contributor to locomotion with the legs doing a flutter kick to keep the body buoyant. Swimming the backstroke is a popular form of swimming exercises that involves using the upper and lower body in synchronized movements in order to move forward. Swimming the backstroke is one of the four swim styles regulated by FINA, and may require a high level of endurance and athletic ability at a high speed.  

Breaststroke Swimming the breaststroke is one of the four swim styles regulated by FINA, and may require a high level of endurance and athletic ability at a high speed. The breaststroke is performed on the swimmer's breast (or stomach) with the arms employed in out sweep, in sweep and recovery strokes. At the same time, the legs use a frog kick to propel the swimmer forward. At its lowest level, the breaststroke is one of the most popular recreational strokes. At the highest level, it's one of the most difficult strokes to master.  

Butterfly
The butterfly swimming stroke is generally regarded as the most difficult of all the swimming disciplines. Swimming the butterfly is one of the four swim styles regulated by FINA, and may require a high level of endurance and athletic ability at a high speed. Swimming the butterfly is a popular recreational and competitive swimming technique that involves moving both arms simultaneously while moving forward. The butterfly kick can also be a part of this swimming exercise, and the technique requires good form, skill and technique in order to be executed correctly.  

Sidestroke
The sidestroke is an efficient stroke that may be used in lifesaving and recreational fitness swimming. As opposed to most swimming strokes in which the arms and legs work together, the sidestroke allows the swimmer to swim on one side, and then roll over to the other when fatigue strikes.  

Synchronized Synchronized swimming has its origins in the early 20th century, and is a competitive sport that can be held at the collegiate, junior, senior, Masters and Olympic levels. Synchronized swimming is a combination of dancing and gymnastics in the water, and demands flexibility, aerobic endurance and muscular strength.

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