Having great speed in breaststroke kick is one of the techniques that led Olympian Rebecca Soni to gold medals in the Beijing and London Olympics.
Body Rotation is one of the key ingredients to a fast freestyle swim technique.
Many are talented kickers, but all fast swimmers work their kick a lot. Dolphin kick not only requires tremendous leg strength, it demands the whole body to move to create maximum propulsion.
World champion backstroker Junya Koga demonstrates a backstroke swim drill, also known as 6 Kick Switch, that will help you appreciate the importance of this extreme rotation from one side to the other.
Michael Phelps uses this technique. The dolphin kick freestyle was also used by Olympic Champion Michael Klim from Australia, in the final meters of his leadoff 100m freestyle on the relay at the 2000 Olympic Games.
Once we understand how important it is to obey the law of inertia in the water, how do we really know if we are?
Roland Schoeman shows how head elevation slows your technique while Junya Koga swims freestyle effortlessly with his head in the correct swimming technique.
Olympic Gold Medalist Roland Schoeman has developed one of the fastest dolphin kicks in the world. The dolphin kick has become so important in the sport of swimming, now being used in all four strokes, that it is commonly referred to as the ‘fifth stroke’.
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.
Breaststroke is the most challenging, inefficient and slowest of the four strokes. It is also the key to a successful IM.
World Champion Junya Koga shows us both the incorrect and correct feet positioning while Gary Hall Sr. explains why correct feet positioning matters in the start, launch and entry.
There are two simple tests to evaluate your swimmers’ mobility and potential to kick breaststroke fast. See them here…
With the introduction of the back footplate on the swim starting blocks in 2008, the dynamics of the technique of starting changed.
There are two options for the track start using the back footplate, weight forward or weight backward.
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.