The breaststroke is without a doubt one of the most popular swimming strokes. In fact, many recreational swimmers are perfectly happy using this swim stroke all the time. Because it is so popular, we consider it as one of the basic swimming strokes.
The breaststroke is the one of the most popular strokes.
The breaststroke is swum in a prone position. Both arms move synchronously and execute short, half-circular movements underwater. The legs also move synchronously and execute a whip kick. Here's a swimmer who demonstrates this technique:
One thing this swimmer could do to improve his technique would be to keep his head more in line with his trunk (he should look more downwards rather than towards the end of the pool).
Let's now have a brief overview of the different phases that occur during one breaststroke cycle:
The following articles describe the breaststroke technique in more detail:
Head and Body Positions: This article describes how you should position your head and body while swimming breaststroke. This is important if you want to develop an efficient swim stroke but also if you want to avoid neck injuries.
Breaststroke Arm Movements: This article describes the arm movements in more detail. A slow-motion video of correct arm movements is shown and various arm speeds are discussed.
The Breaststroke Kick: This article covers the breaststroke's whip kick. The different phases of the kick are explained and illustrated with a slow-motion video. Additional tips to learn the breaststroke kick are given.
Breaststroke Swimming and Breathing: This article explains how and when to breathe while swimming breaststroke. It covers both the style where the head is submerged each stroke cycle and the style where the head is kept above water at all times.
The Learn Swimming Breaststroke article gives an overview of our swimming lessons to learn the breaststroke. The following topics are covered:
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