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Say two people are running a race and one person has to pull a giant boulder. Who do you think will win? The point might be obvious here, but not crystal clear in the pool.
Helpful swimming tips: One of the biggest problems a beginning swimmer has is dealing with resistance. When swimming, if you position yourself in an awkward way you could be creating more resistance and spending way more energy than you need to.
*If you don't have an instructor, look at the Internet or a book that talks about the best positioning for every swimming position.