Romain : "le plaisir de la glisse en natation"

Romain: "the joy of glide"

Nabaiji considers it important to have its products developed by water sports athletes. Thanks to this expertise, we can proudly say we effectively meet the needs of all swimmers.

 

Romain Benoit has been working for Nabaiji for over two years. As a designer for the Footwear, Bags, Aquafitness, Pool and Team Games ranges, he develops the high-quality products required for swimming, by combining aesthetics with functionality.

 

Today, Romain tells you how he was able to improve his swimming technique and become aware of the feeling of swim glide as he has been training. 

 

 

WHEN DID YOU START SWIMMING? WHY?

 

"I started going to swimming pools occasionally as a teenager (every two weeks). I've always liked being in the water, and I swam mainly to relax. It was more about having fun than training for performance. At that time, I was into mountain biking, football, surfing, competitive tennis... For me, swimming was an all-round, complementary sport. I saw it as a way of improving my breathing and physical abilities, to help me in my other activities." 

 

 

HOW DID SWIMMING MAKE YOU FEEL? DID YOU ENJOY IT, OR WAS IT JUST HARD WORK?

 

"To tell the truth, even though swimming isn't an easy sport, I always liked it. I have always enjoyed being in the water and swimming. Today though, when I look back, I realise that I tended to make lots of small movements and that I was too tense when I was swimming. I was still far from achieving the famous glide... All the same, back then and today, I get great satisfaction from swimming."

 

 

WHEN DID YOU BECOME AWARE OF THIS IDEA OF "SWIM GLIDE"?

 

"I have to admit that my stroke was rather instinctive and not very smooth. I was never part of a club or had any lessons. In fact, I swam in quite a tense way, without much coordination and using lots of arm movements. The advantage of working for Nabaiji is that I meet lots of excellent swimmers, some of whom swim at a high level. They tell me about themselves, their experiences, their feelings. It's mostly thanks to their advice that I've become fully conscious of my body in the water. What's more, we all go swimming together twice a week at the pool in Hendaye (2.5 - 3km per session), with a coach who trains us and corrects our stroke. All of that makes me more determined to improve the elements of my technique and my swim glide."

 

 

Romain à l'entrainement de natation en papillon


HOW DOES THAT CHANGE YOUR PRACTICE?

 

"Just naming a concept or a sensation, "glide" in this case, and pinning it down has helped me improve. I listened to my colleagues, who told me to "increase my pull". Aside from needing to familiarise myself with swimming jargon (haha), I now feel like I swim much better than before. My movements are more relaxed, I swim faster and get less tired, and I feel real sensations, including the swim glide everyone talks about. I pay more attention to alignment and my body position in the water, and I focus on the pleasure of feeling the water. Now, I want to keep on improving by making real efforts with my swimming technique."

 

 

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO PEOPLE WHO WANT TO FEEL THE SAME SENSATIONS?

 

"Try to become aware of your body in the water as soon as possible. Try to keep all your senses alert to feel the water and the glide, to literally use the water to move forwards. You really need to focus on how it feels, which can be easy to forget, and try to relax. More concretely, body and head position are very important to improve buoyancy. Finally, and this is what I worked really hard on, try to make as few movements as possible. You need to work on amplitude to improve your glide.

 

One good exercise: try to use as few movements as possible, without dead time. Count your movements and decrease the number you make as you swim lengths. That will force you to make effective movements and improve your position. Its very enjoyable.

 

Happy swimming!"

Régis
National Swimmer & Dialogue Leader
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