Video: The Secret To Breaststroke Breakouts

Breastroke pullouts. Arguably the simplest breakout a swimmer can learn. But could you have been doing them wrong this entire time? Today we teach the proper secret to a perfect breaststroke breakout. It’s such an easy fix that you can implement it the moment you finish watching this video.

The biggest mistake that most breastrokers make is when they initiate their breakout, they just let their arms flop down with no real emphasis on hydrodynamics. The trick to a perfect breaststroke breakout is to think of yourself trying to fit through a tight pipe underwater. Instead of just pulling out with broad shoulders, fold your shoulders inwards and think of becoming as tight of a ball as possible. The trickiest part of this is the fact that you must recover as close to your body as possible. Bend your elbows upwards and follow your torso to recover properly.

The moment you implement this drill you will automatically feel a difference in breakout. If you slowly work the transition from your old to new breakout, you can feel an immediate burst of speed from the moment you clinch into that tight breaststroke breakout ball. The best part? You can start working on this immediately at practice. Be sure to be conscious of how your shoulders are positioned along with the hydrodynamics of your recovery. As usual, let us know how it goes!

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4 years ago

Someone once told me that once the arms start to recover in the pullout, forward motion of the body stops. Therefore, the drag created by your recovering arms is insignificant (because forward speed is 0), and a fast but draggy recovery in the pullout is much better than a slow but streamlined one. In this video, it looks like the swimmers do come to a full stop in the recovery.

4 years ago

I feel like the biggest issue with pullouts is the actual break-out of the water, if you are too deep when you try to break out you immediately put on the brakes and lose all of your momentum, but if you position yourself near the top of the water and break-out “forwards” instead of “up” you maintain all of that speed and are off to the races.

4 years ago

Well, that video could have given just as much information in about 10 seconds. No demo of how much farther you travel keeping tight, no head on shots showing the comparison between this recovery and a bad recovery. Come on guys.