Backstroke

Swimming Backstroke – Arm Technique and Movements

This article explains the different phases of the backstroke arm movements in detail. Backstroke Video At first, we will look at a video of Ryan Lochte swimming backstroke: Arm Stroke Phases The arm stroke cycle of the backstroke can be divided into the following phases: Entry and extension forward. First downsweep. Catch. First upsweep. Second …

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Swimming Backstroke – Breathing Technique and Tips

Swimming backstroke poses a few challenges for breathing. You have to keep your face above water to breathe, and splashing water can be a problem. But these difficulties can be overcome. This article explains how. Keeping Your Face Above Water To keep your face above the water surface, you need good balance. This means you …

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Backstroke Swimming Drills – Slide and Glide Backstroke

The Slide and Glide swimming drills described below are the last ones in our series of drills to learn to swim backstroke. Now, at last, you’ll practice simultaneous arm stroke movements with both arms. Slide and Glide Swimming Drill Here’s a video that demonstrates the first drill, Slide and Glide: You use the whole-stroke backstroke …

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Backstroke Swimming Drills – Single-Arm Backstroke

In the following drills to learn to swim backstroke, you’ll practice the arm recovery above water in addition to the under water arm sweep you learned previously. However, to keep things simple, you’ll practice the arm stroke movements one arm at a time. This allows you to sidestep coordination issues that can occur when you …

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