The key to a successful backstroke is getting the head up at the right time and getting it back at the right time.
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.
Roland Schoeman shows how head elevation slows your technique while Junya Koga swims freestyle effortlessly with his head in the correct swimming technique.
What does finesse mean with respect to swimming fast? Gary Hall Sr., Technical Director and Head Coach of The Race Club, dives deep on this topic.
If a swimmer is determined to use the kick for strong propulsion, the way most great swimmers do, then a six-beat kick is necessary…
Two of the most important ways of getting a faster backstroke is by reducing frontal drag and by increasing propulsive power. The one arm backstroke drill accomplishes both tasks.
There are two simple tests to evaluate your swimmers’ mobility and potential to kick breaststroke fast. See them here…
Roland Schoeman shows us how kicking with an alignment board and snorkel can both allow the undulation the body needs in the fifth stroke while remaining as streamlined on the surface as possible.
Once we understand how important it is to obey the law of inertia in the water, how do we really know if we are?
One can look at the freestyle kick as being similar to the turbocharged engine. In the 50 meter sprint, every swimmer needs to push the accelerator to the floor, maximizing the power of the kick all of the way.
With the introduction of the back footplate on the swim starting blocks in 2008, the dynamics of the technique of starting changed.
There is more to a strong kick than flexibility. For the down kick, the quadriceps, hip flexors and core muscles have to be incredibly strong in order to create a quick snap of the foot backwards…
Have you ever noticed that leaner men or women often swim faster than bigger, stronger men or women?
Dolphin Kick, the 5th Stroke, matters. Learn how to dolphin kick faster…on your back.
The maximum propulsion occurs at the beginning of the down kick with a flick of the foot toward plantar flexion of the ankle. The more plantar flexion of the ankle, the more foot surface area is available to push backward in the water, creating propulsion.