Stroke rate for breaststroke is quite variable, particularly for the 200. Regardless, the speed at which the legs are drawn forward and push backward to provide propulsion is critical.
We recently chatted with Rebecca about life after Olympic glory, overcoming obstacles, and some of her proudest moments outside of swimming.
In this intense 20 minute Vinyasa flow yoga practice, we focus on stretching these regions of the legs that tend to be tight in swimmers. (Featured image: Rebecca Soni)
2:29 has gone from average to obsolete, a 2:25 has gone from a top-ranked swim to average, and instead of swimmers gunning for under 2:25, the world is looking at the 2:20 mark as the new barrier in the women’s 200m breaststroke.
Yoga can significantly increase core strength and flexibility while lengthening muscles, creating a more streamlined physique in swimming.
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Follow Olympians in this 20 minute vinyasa yoga for swimmers focusing on core exercise.
Rebecca used Yoga during her career as an elite athlete eventually replacing her weight lifting program entirely with yoga.
Breaststroke is the most challenging, inefficient and slowest of the four strokes. It is also the key to a successful IM.
Olympians Kim Vandenberg and Rebecca Soni have launched a campaign to support their efforts to build a home for a family in need in Mexico via Hope Sports.
About 80% of the propulsion in Breaststroke comes from the legs. Knowing that more than any other stroke, breaststroke relies on the power of the kick for propulsion, Rebecca Soni has reinvented the breaststroke technique.
Jason Lezak, Rebecca Soni, Ariana Kukors, Haley Anderson, Jessica Hardy, Kim Vandenberg, Lenny Krazelburg and John Naber step up to support Rose Bowl Aquatics Head Coach Jeff Julian in his battle against cancer.
Rebecca Soni: “Dolphin Kick Breaststroke drill is one of my favorites. For me, the biggest benefit of this drill is being able to work on the timing of the stroke. The timing is the most important variable in this stroke.
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Rikke Moeller Pedersen’s 200 Breaststroke, an event she holds the met record in SCM and the world record in LCM, will be one of the highlight races of the final day of competition at Short Course Worlds.