How to Swim the Breaststroke

by Pool Builders on 02-12-2010 in Articles

Competitive breaststroke is incredibly fast. Surprisingly, if you're practicing the breaststroke for fun it can be a very relaxing, slow-paced choice. Regardless of the purpose for your learning, the breaststroke has a few simple steps to follow.

Your legs should simulate those of a frog. You can practice kicking by holding onto the pool wall. Bring your legs in towards your body by bending the knees and then thrust them back, apart and away from you. When extended fully bring them together and slowly back in towards your body. Repeat this motion until you are comfortable with it. Then, add the arms.

Arms move fluidly in competition but more casually when you're swimming recreationally. Begin with hands in a prayer position. Thrust them straight in front of you, then separate hands when fully extended. Push the water back with your arms bringing them into a T position before pulling them back into you by your waist and up your body. When your hands reach your chest, push your arms forcefully away once more. Pop your head up to breathe after thrusting your arms forward so you're breathing while pulling your arms back behind you. Duck back down before your next thrust forward.

Now put the two together! Using your upper and lower body opposite each other, kick while your hands are pushing forward and let your legs rest while pushing yourself through the water with your arms. Be sure to keep your hips at water level or above to keep yourself at top speed for competitions.

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