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Swimming Butterfly – Exit and Recovery Tips

Get some great tips on how to recover your hands in butterfly. Gary Barclay explains exit and recovery when swimming butterfly.

Hi, I’m Gary Barclay. We’re going to have a look at one of the major problems in butterfly, and that’s the recovery.

There are so many different ways that I see swimmers recover in butterfly.

The most common way is coming over, leading with their hands, so the hands going first in that direction there as they’re coming forward. The best way to recover in butterfly is to push all the way back so that your palms are facing up to the roof, so you get into that position there, and then swing around with the back of your hand, coming around until you’re entering out in front.

This is the easiest way to do butterfly recovery. It’s a lot easier than leading with your hands and bending your elbows like that. So remembe, when you’re swimming butterfly, make sure you come out with your palms facing up to the roof, or to the sky if you’re swimming outdoors, of course. And then your hands come around the side and enter in out in front there. You should be nice and relaxed, and it will make it a lot easier to swim butterfly.



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