How To Improve Freestyle Kicking – Video

by SwimSwam Contributors 4

November 25th, 2016 Masters, Training

Courtesy of Gary Hall Sr., 10-time World Record Holder, 3-time Olympian, 1976 Olympic Games US Flagbearer and The Race Club co-founder.

Improving your freestyle kicking technique will virtually guarantee that you will swim freestyle faster and there is no better way to accomplish this than to incorporate creative freestyle kicking sets into your swim training program.

The speed of the freestyle kick is the baseline speed for your freestyle. The higher the baseline speed (kick speed), the faster you will swim, after adding your pulling motion and body rotation.

Some swimmers and coaches consider that the up kick of the freestyle kick is a recovery phase. This can be due to a lack of creative freestyle kicking sets. At The Race Club, we consider that both the up kick and the down kick are very important and both kicks need to be worked hard. Neither should be thought of as a recovery.

In this Race Club Swimisode, World Class freestyler, Zach Hayden, demonstrates how to kick with the correct body position, using snorkel and alignment board, and a tough exercise we use to develop a faster freestyle kick, working the legs in both directions. The technique of finding the best articulation (bend) of the ankle, knee and hip are also extremely important in developing propulsion, without causing too much frontal drag. Fast freestyle kicking is an art form, requiring strength and flexibility. We hope that this Swimisode will help you improve your freestyle kicking technique and give you some ideas for freestyle kicking sets.
Thanks for watching!

Yours in swimming,

Gary Sr.

Gary Hall, Sr., Technical Director and Head Coach of The Race Club (courtesy of TRC)

Gary Hall, Sr., Technical Director and Head Coach of The Race Club (courtesy of TRC)

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Mark Rose
6 years ago

Thanks for all the great videos!
What kind of fins are those?

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Reply to  Mark Rose
6 years ago

They are DMC fins = THE BEST!

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Reply to  Mark Rose
6 years ago
6 years ago

This video is a must for all non-swimmers!