4 Tips to Improve Your Breaststroke Swimming
The Breaststroke Swimming Style
Breaststroke is the most popular swimming style. In this style, athletes swim on their chest, while the torso stays straight. Many swimmers like it because the head stays out of water for a long time. It is a comfortable swimming style, even in low speed. This is the first swimming style that beginners learn. The breaststroke is also called the “frog style”, because the arm and legs move exactly like a frog in the water. It is the slowest swimming style, but also the oldest competitive stroke.
If you decided to learn the breaststroke, here are some advices about how you can improve your techniques:
The body position – Your body should look like a pencil floating in the water. Your arms should point to the destination; your head should be down, with the eyes looking at the bottom of the swimming pool, while your legs should stay together, with the feet extended. You will perform breaststroke cycles, and your body should be in the pencil position at the beginning and at the end.
The kick – Try to remember that the breaststroke kick is not only a frog kick. We are not frogs, so you will need to flex your feet, with the heels together, and start moving them in a circular pattern. Push the water backwards when your legs extend and move them back out, again and again.
The pull – As the kick, the pull for breaststroke starts in the pencil position as well. Extend your arms parallel to the water surface and push the water to form a giant V or Y. This is the out-sweep. Bend your elbows and rotate your palms; as your hands move together, you can start squeezing your elbows together. This is called the in-sweep. When your hands come together, you extend again in the pencil position. It is a very fast extension. A complete breaststroke circle includes pencil – out-sweep – in-sweep – pencil.
The breathing – Probably you are curious when do you breathe in this breaststroke circle. Well, you should breathe every time your head comes out, during the kick and the pull out. Try to breathe with your mouth, inhale and exhale outside the water, and don’t raise your body more than a 45 degree angle. After breathing, get back to the pencil position.
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