Easy Butterfly is the final drill in our series of swimming drills to learn to swim butterfly. The video below shows this drill:
As you can see above, the Easy Butterfly drill is uncomplicated: you do a few butterfly stroke cycles at the beginning of a length, then switch to another swim stroke to avoid fatigue. This keeps your muscles fresh and you can swim more lengths of butterfly with correct form.
Once you have practiced the above drill, it is time to swim whole lengths of butterfly. At first alternate butterfly lengths with lengths using another swim stroke. Then increase this ratio to two butterfly lengths per other swim stroke length.
With practice you can progress to a ratio of three to one, or even four to one. Always maintain good form however. Switch to another stroke when you become tired.
You can also experiment with alternating breathing and non-breathing strokes to see which combination allows you to get enough air without tiring too fast. Non-breathing strokes are less tiring but restrict oxygen availability.
If you have made it so far, you should be able to swim butterfly with relative ease. This puts you in the restricted circle of swimmers that have mastered the butterfly stroke. Congratulations!
It pays off to periodically revisit those butterfly stroke drills to improve your technique. And while you're at it, have a look at our series of drills to learn other swim strokes.
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