In swimming, the breaststroke is a style in which the swimmer is on their chest and their upper body does not rotate. It is regarded as a difficult stroke as it requires endurance and leg strength compared to other strokes. It is also the slowest but most efficient in terms of energy consumption among the four competitive strokes of swimming.
Learning how to swim a breaststroke faster could make the difference between a champion and a mediocre breaststroke swimmer.
Here are simple pointers and drills that can help you swim a breaststroke faster:
You should get in a better streamline position. The streamline position the swimmer's position underwater after pushing off a pool wall. To streamline, you must tuck your head into your collar bone, pointing both arms straight ahead in a tight line. Hug and press the back of your head with the underside of your arms. This is the most hydrodynamic position that enables a person to gain acceleration underwater.
When you lunge in your streamline position, your head should be up to make sure your ears are between your biceps. Do not lift your head up before you start your stroke. It will slow your momentum down and break your streamline. Keep your stream line position longer and will save you a few seconds.
Put more attention to the timing when to go for air. Know when to lift the head to start to air. This is done by keeping the head in line at the start of the pull. This will not only keep you in a better streamline position longer but also makes it easier to engage the Latissimus dorsi muscle and take advantage of the natural rise of the body to the pull.
Put attention at the first part of your pull. Keep your head steady and straight as the hands start to separate as you do the stroke. Allow your head to draw up only when the hands have started with the pull. Your fingers should be like a mitten or fin as you swim. This will allow you to move through the water faster than a swimmer who has her fingers apart. To help you with this drill you could use tools like paddles, and underwater snorkels.
Practice by starting slowly and gradually increase the pace as you get more comfortable. Add power to your pull and start to make it faster and faster. Make sure you keep your hands and elbows high and feel the pull connecting across your entire back or through your Latissimus dorsi muscle. Exhale at the way up to get good air exchange. Hide you head until your pull is moving you through the water.
Learn the perfect timing combination. Remember these: Kick, Glide, and Pull. Do not kick and pull at the same time. Kicking and pulling at the same time will not allow you to glide. It will also entail much effort instead of taking advantage of the natural pull of the water. You may also increase your speed by adding power to your kicks. To do this, use a kickboard for practice.
Now that you know how to swim a breaststroke faster, you can dive in and be more confident with your breaststroke.