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Swim Breaststroke Fast

Breaststroke has little relationship to freestyle, backstroke or butterfly.  In breaststroke, the limbs work simultaneously and symmetrically, not alternately like the other three competitive strokes.  Unlike the other strokes, there is also no above water recovery of the arms.

To swim breaststroke efficiently and fast swimmers must firstly use correct technique.

  • Correct breaststroke technique includes:
  • starting each stroke in the correct body position,
  • ensuring the swimmer uses the correct arm stroke pattern,
  • ensuring the swimmer uses the correct leg kick pattern,
  • developing correct timing of the arms and legs in relation to each other
  • developing correct timing of the breathing in relation to the arm pull and leg kick

Breaststroke Questions

Breaststroke arm recovery over the water

QUESTION: Hi Gary As a ‘Masters’ swimmer and coach I have been working on improving/changing my breaststroke style from the older square’ish style to more of an undulating style. It seems to be coming along alright and I wanted to say that I thought that your comments in the Breaststroke Technique email you sent out […]

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How to do a Backstroke to Breaststroke Turn in an IM

QUESTION: To Gary, Just a quick query re: the IM, and in particular the backstroke to breaststroke turn. Once the swimmer touches the wall on their back, must they flip backwards or just push off on their front before gliding and pulling through under the water. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated-ie step by […]

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