These clips breakdown key aspects of the breaststroke into four areas – arms, legs, breathing and overall timing of the stroke. Each clip gives guidance and a demonstration in the water.
Breaststroke technique – Arms
A large proportion of the forward momentum is produced through the Breaststroke arm pull swiftly followed by a powerful leg kick. Contrary to some thought, it is important to keep the pull narrow and deep.
Breaststroke technique – Breathing
A more than obvious time when to breathe within the Breaststroke technique so make sure you use it on every stroke.
Breaststroke technique – Legs
Often referred to as the Breaststroke whip kick, aim to keep the width of the kick narrow, ensuring the feet and legs are together at the time the legs have fully extended. The leg kick in Breaststroke should offer a considerable contribution to the overall movement forwards.
Breaststroke technique – Timing
As with all the strokes, timing is the key to bringing great technique alive as well as keeping the stroke efficient. This is more so the case with Breaststroke than with any of the other 3 swim strokes. Getting the timing of the arms, legs and glide all working together will keep the stroke ‘flowing’ with as little disruption as possible.
Breaststroke technique – Underwater View
An underwater head-on view of swimming Breastroke.