Posts Tagged ‘breaststroke’

Knowing Which Breaststroke Kick is Fastest

I have said many times that breaststroke has more successful variations than all other strokes combined. The problem is knowing what works best for you. Here is a great experiment you can do: My description is based on a short-course yards pool. First, create a baseline.  Using your current kick, push off the wall and…

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Breaststroke Timing

There are two common timings used for breaststroke. One correct, the other, not so much. The two big mistakes are: Breathing at the end of the pull instead of first Stopping the arms at the body instead of up front in the streamline. These two problems generally go together and lead to a slower breast…

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Breaststroke variation: Finding your Best

There are more successful variations in breaststroke then in every other stroke combined. This makes for a challenge when coaching swimmers. There is no one single set of mechanics to target. When I work with a swimmer on their breaststroke I follow some guide lines to help them find their best possible stroke. The Arms…

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Breaststroke Glide

There are opposing opinions out there on the glide phase of the breaststroke. One camp will tell you glide longer while others are telling you that gliding longer slows you down.  I’d like to weigh in with some common-sense advice for your breaststroke. The first thing I want you to remember is that breaststroke has…

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Hypoxic Training

The term hypoxic is the adjective form of hypoxia which is defined as in adequate oxygen in the blood.  Swimmers have traditionally used hypoxic work in their training when they are limiting their breathing to one breath every three, four, five, six or more strokes. I grew up doing this form of training, as did…

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The much misunderstood “distance per stroke”

Many of you have heard from your coaches, or individual reading, to work on your distance per stroke.  Distance per stroke is generally defined as how far (distance) can you travel on one pull (stroke) or stroke cycle (one pull with each arm).  I’m not disagreeing with my coaching peers, distance per stroke is an…

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Breaststroke Variations

Back in the 60s I remember hearing breaststroke called “reststroke”, and was often seen being used by ladies who did not want to get their hair wet as they swam across the pool. Today’s breaststroke looks very little like the breaststroke of old. But, what does the ideal breaststroke look like.  Well that depends, breaststroke…

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