Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Learn How To Swim 101 - Breaststroke - Putting it Together



If you have been following this series on breaststroke you should now be quite comfortable with the breaststroke arm action, the breaststroke arm action and breathing and the breaststroke kick as separate units. Now its time to put it all together.

Putting your arm action together with your leg kick in breaststroke is quite simple really. I have a drill that I use to help correct the breaststroke of my swimming students and it works just as well for new swimmers to breaststroke.

The thing about breaststroke is that it should be performed in such a way as to make sure that there is always something moving. When your legs are still your arms should be moving when your arms are still your legs should be moving. And so on.

The reverse of that is that your arms and legs should not be moving all at the same time. Now when you see good swimmers it looks like everything moves simultaneously but the is a moment in any good breaststrokers stroke when there is a glide and only the legs are moving and the legs are still when the arms are moving.

Trust me on this if there is no glide then you will be moving too slowly in the water and you will not be moving as efficiently as you could. So make sure you do this drill as I describe it as best you can. As you get better at it you can get faster and faster. The faster you go the more it will look like you are moving things together but if you have done it right there will be a glide and there will be times when you legs are not moving but your arms are and you arms are moving but you legs are not.

This is the drill:
You must only do one action at a time.

Start in the torpedo position
Next bring both your legs up at the same time and perform a frog kick. Remember that both legs must do exactly the same thing at the same time. Like this:

This is where you breathe out blowing out all your air under the water.
Return to the torpedo position.
  
Then perform your arm action.
 
This is where you breathe in. You get to breath in at every stroke in breaststroke. That's why some people mistakenly call it breath stroke. But it is breaststroke as the arms cross the breast when you stroke.

Return to the torpedo position.
 
And repeat.
As I said as you get better move faster and over time you should have a reasonably proficient breaststroke.
Enjoy
Richard 

Enjoy
Richard

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