image Guide to Mastering the Breaststroke Stroke

The Definitive Guide to Mastering the Breaststroke Stroke

You’ve heard the voice in the back of your head: “You can’t do it! You can’t swim that fast!” It may have been a swim coach’s comment or your own self-talk. It may have come from your friends or family. Or, it may have been a random stranger. You’re probably a little self-conscious about your swimming ability, even if you know swimming is one of your favorite hobbies. And now you will learn how to do breaststroke

We all have those moments when we feel like we can’t do something, but we have to push past that feeling and get back in the water. In this article, we’ll understand why that happens and how to overcome it.

What is breaststroke?

The breaststroke is a front crawl where the swimmer uses the front half of the body. It is distinguished from the backstroke by the fact that the arms are extended in front of the body and do not overlap the head. 

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Although the breaststroke is a very efficient swim stroke, it is often overlooked by swimmers because of its appearance. People often assume that the breaststroke is only for those with long legs, but it is one of the most basic and effective strokes for all swimmers.

Because the swimmer does not use the kick of the legs, the stroke looks similar to the crawl. 

The breaststroke is also the slowest of the four competitive strokes.

Components of the breaststroke

There are three parts to the breaststroke: the entry, the stroke, and the recovery. 

The entry is the time at the start of the breaststroke when the swimmer prepares to enter the water. The entry is the most crucial part of the stroke. Because there is no kick in the breaststroke, the entry is different than the other strokes. Because the kick and the arms are extended, the swimmer must enter the water with both knees bent. 

The stroke is the movement of the arms and legs during the breaststroke. The stroke is continuous, meaning there is no break from one part of the stroke to another. The entry and the stroke are important for the swimmer to move efficiently. The recovery is the time after the swimmer has completed one stroke and before the start of the next.

What to do when swimming the breaststroke

The most important thing to remember about breaststroke is to relax. 

When swimming the breaststroke, you should feel smooth and controlled. There are two parts of your stroke that you can work on. One is the entry, which we’ve already mentioned. The other is your breathing pattern. 

Your breathing pattern should be smooth and even throughout the stroke. 

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For swimmers, who tend to hyperventilate, it may feel as though you’re breathing too hard. That is usually because you’re breathing too fast, not because you’re swimming too slowly. 

The goal is to breathe in for three seconds, hold your breath for one second, and then exhale for three seconds. There should be a one-second pause between each breath.

The bottom line

All swimmers can benefit from breaststroke. It is a safe, effective stroke that is easy to learn. While it may not be your favorite stroke, it is important to remember that it is a part of swimming. With a little practice, it can become your favorite.

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