Breaststroke Tips (Breaststroke Tips and How-To Videos)
Onlookers look at Youyou.com as if you’re already swimming well, but that doesn’t always translate to great results.
Breaststroke requires timing and coordination, motivation and proper strength, even if it doesn’t look that handsome.
Most breaststroke is done underwater (kicking, grabbing, paddling and moving the arms) and it’s hard for bystanders to really see what’s going on.
While it looks like a good swim, be aware that technically you can’t see much from the water.
In order to make your breaststroke as efficient as possible, you need to carefully consider biomechanics and rhythmic complexity, which is the key to true breaststroke.
1. Make sure your palms are facing out at the start of the stroke so the backs of your hands are facing each other.
2. Before you start moving your arms, make sure your elbows are very close together.
3. Your arms/hands should move in a perfectly synchronized and symmetrical manner.
4. When the feet are close to the hips, the knees are close together, and they can only be separated again when kicking.
5. When you’re ready to start the kicking whip, don’t let your knees get too close to your belly.
6. When you’re ready to kick, turn your foot out.
7. During the entire kicking process, the sole of the foot and the calf form a 90° angle.
8. Make sure your foot is fully relaxed and extended at the end of the kick.
9. Slowly stack your legs, but kick hard.
10. Once your head is completely submerged in the water, start kicking your legs. At this time, keep your hands stretched forward.
11. Don’t hold your chest up with water when you breathe (it consumes too much energy).
12. After inhaling, push down with your back instead of your head to raise your hips slightly.
13. When you are not breathing, keep your head down instead of forward (causing too much resistance).