Fitter and Faster Swim Tip: NBG Butterfly Drill

This Swimming Tip video is courtesy of the Fitter and Faster Swim Tour presented by, a SwimSwam partner.

Olympian Claire Donahue demonstrates NGB Butterfly drill.

Three Strokes of NGB:

1st Stroke – N – “not” breathing

2nd Stroke – G – keeping your “goggles” just above the water line

3rd Stroke – B – meaning “breathe” on the last stroke 

To request a clinic with Claire Donahue contact Fitter and Faster Swim Tour here.

 Join Olympian Claire Donahue on the Fitter and Faster Swim Tour presented by at the Springfield, IL clinic, May 10th, 2014.  Sign up today!

Fitter and Faster, logo, 300x300Follow Fitter and Faster on Twitter here. 

Like Fitter and Faster on Facebook here.

About the Fitter and Faster Swim Tour Presented by

The Fitter & Faster Swim Tour Presented by produces swim clinics featuring elite stars of the sport and the most innovative teaching platforms. FFT Swim Clinics can be customized to meet age and skill level of every team and community. Call 786-837-6881 or visit to learn more.

In This Story

Leave a Reply

1 Comment threads
1 Thread replies
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
2 Comment authors
newest oldest most voted
Concerned Citizen

What if one breaths to the side?

Concerned Citizen – side-breathing butterfliers need help that we cannot provide. I suggest you speak with your primary care physician about that issue (ha, ha, just kidding, Mel!)

If you’re a side breather, then this drill won’t be a great one for you. One of the advantages to the side-breath butterfly is that the natural tendency to lift one’s chest out of the water on a breath (which is what this drill is trying to correct) isn’t there. Side-breathers should work more on drills that would help keep them balanced, because the tendency there would be to roll into a sort of at-an-angle butterfly stroke.

About Gold Medal Mel Stewart

Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

Read More »

Want to take your swimfandom to the next level?

Subscribe to SwimSwam Magazine!