Breaststroke in Swimming

Posted by LD on December 15, 2010 under Breastroke | 13 Comments to Read

The breaststroke is one of the most distinctive strokes in competitive swimming.  You can use it to glide lazily through the water on a hot summer day or you can use the explosive kicking movements to swim fast in races.  This stroke is one of the most challenging strokes  for beginning swimmers to learn to master.  It will take some time to learn, but once you do, you’ll be impressed at how much your general swimming skills have improved.

Before you begin learning the breaststroke, it almost goes without saying that you should be comfortable with basic water safety and swimming skills.  Anyone attempting this stroke must be willing to put their entire body and face underwater. It is important that you are able to breathe rhythmically. If you need help with these skills, you should contact your local public swimming pool about water safety and/or swim lessons.

Breastroke in Swimming

Because swimming is a skill best taught by a live instructor, it would b a sound idea to go ahead and take the basic swimming lessons anyway.  Your instructor should be certified by the American Red Cross or some other national authority on water safety.  Though private swim instruction may be costly, it is optimal for mastering the breaststroke, as the teacher will be able to devote substantial attention to your individual technique, instead of being distracted by keeping an eye of the form and safety of the rest of the class. I enjoyed learning the breaststroke as an advanced beginning swimmer. It is now the stroke I use the most.   This is how I was taught the stroke.  Review the instructions, and then attempt them while on the floor so that you have a feel for the proper technique prior to entering the water. It is wise to master kicking initially, followed by the arm movements. After you have learned them individually, they can be brought together.

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Breastroke Drills

Posted by LD on December 7, 2010 under Breastroke | 97 Comments to Read

Any swimmer who is interested in competition needs to know how to perform the breastroke.  However, because it is such a complex stroke, many swimmers have a tough time doing the breastroke efficiently.  Once you teach yourself how to perform this efficiently, it will become much easier to win races, beat your own records, and have a great time doing it. The best place to start is to find out whether or not you are doing a proper breastroke. Begin by reading our “breastroke for Beginners” article that is featured on our website. Additionally, it is a good idea to have a certified swimming instructor or your swim coach watch your moves to ensure that you’ve got it down. This can be very helpful, as most instructors and coaches will point out what you need to improve in order to get to the next level. A 16 year-old competitive swimmer from Lapeer, Michigan named Emily  has some great tips to share. Emily is the current record holder at her school in the 100-meter breastroke. One thing she has noticed is that many of her competitors have a sloppy style in the breastroke. For example, she points out that the elbows should really be “out there” when the arms are pulled into the chest. Emily says that by keeping the elbows out, you will have more momentum to push ahead into the next stroke, with your shoulders out of the water at this point. Intermediate swimmers can get what Emily calls “lazy feet” when doing the breastroke. She says that you will be much faster if you can get the feet moving correctly.

The power to move forward in the breastroke comes from the glide.  At this point, the arms and legs of the swimmer should be held together tight at the end of each stroke. If you want to execute a stronger glide, it’s vital to kick more strongly with your legs.  Emily said a great way to strengthen the legs is to stretch them. “Hold it for 10 seconds and then release it to do the other leg.  The goal here is to try and get the leg higher each time you do it.

Breastroke Drills
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Breaststroke Technique

Posted by LD on December 2, 2010 under Breastroke | 2 Comments to Read

You can swim the breaststroke in the next Summer Olympic Games the same way you get to Carnegie Hall:  The age-old joke is still right: “Practice, Practice, Practice.”

What separates Brendan Hansen (who at this writing has been called the fastest breaststroke swimmer in history), Michael Phelps and other Olympic and world class swimmers apart from the rest of us is their dedication to doing the basics over and over again until they do them correctly.

Jeremy Baker should know.  While he was growing up in Michigan he spent 16 years doing competitive swimming. His training began early, at the age of five, and won the all-state honors in competition for four years in a row after years of developing and practicing his skills. He continued to be competitively involved in college till he chose to follow a different path. He has kept his hand in the sport and now coaches other swimmers at the Troy Swim Club.

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Breastroke Training

Posted by LD on December 1, 2010 under Breastroke | 112 Comments to Read

There’s only one way that you’ll be able to find yourself in the Summer Olympic Games swimming the breastroke …  That’s right: As the old joke goes, “Practice.  practice, Practice.”

Olympic swimmers, such as Michael Phelps and world-class swimmers, such as Brendan Hansen who is known as the fastest breastroke swimmer in history, have achieved such a high level of accomplishment in large part due to their dedication to regular training and repetition of the basic swimming fundamentals. Another swimmer that understands the meaning of dedication is Jeremy Baker. In his native state of Michigan, Jeremy swam competitively for sixteen years. Hitting the water as a 5 year old, he proceeded to develop skills that took him to receiving four consecutive years of all-state honors. He also competed at the college level until he decided it was time for other things.  However, swimming is still a part of his life, as he now works at the Troy Swim Club as a coach for other swimmers.

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Teach Yourself Breastroke

Posted by LD on September 5, 2010 under Breastroke | Read the First Comment

The breastroke is one of the most distinctive strokes in competitive swimming. It is useful for slowly slinking through the water in your backyard pool, or it can be used to propel you to a win in a competitive race. The breastroke is also one of the most challenging for beginning swimmers to learn. Although it does take time and practice to learn the breastroke, once you have it down, you’ll be amazed by how much your other swimming skills have improved. You should definitely be comfortable with general water safety and have a basic set of swimming skills before trying to learn the breastroke, just as a general rule of thumb. Anyone attempting this stroke must be willing to put their entire body and face underwater. You should have a firm grasp of the principles of rhythmic breathing as well. Anyone who has not mastered these skills is well advised to seek additional instruction from a local swimming resource.

Teach Breastroke

It would be a good idea to have basic swimming lessons anyway, since swimming is one of those skills best taught by a live instructor. All instructors should have their certification through the American Red Cross or some other national authority on water safety. Though private swim instruction may be costly, it is optimal for mastering the breastroke, as the teacher will be able to devote substantial attention to your individual technique, instead of being distracted by keeping an eye of the form and safety of the rest of the class.

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Breastroke Technique

Posted by LD on September 2, 2010 under Breastroke | 3 Comments to Read

You can swim the breastroke in the next Summer Olympic Games the same way you get to Carnegie Hall:

That’s right: As the old joke goes, “Practice. Practice. Practice.”

What separates Brendan Hansen (who at this writing has been called the fastest breastroke swimmer in history), Michael Phelps and other Olympic and world class swimmers apart from the rest of us is their dedication to doing the basics over and over again until they do them correctly.

Breastroke Race

Jeremy should know. He was a competitive swimmer for 16 years in his native Michigan. Starting from the age of 5, he continued to hone his skills until he achieved all-state honors four years in a row. He also competed at the college level until he decided it was time for other things. He has kept his hand in the sport and now coaches other swimmers at the Troy Swim Club.

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Breastroke Tips

Posted by LD on August 29, 2010 under Breastroke | Read the First Comment

The breastroke is a critical skill for swimmers who want to compete. While it really is a very complex stroke to learn, it is important to learn how to do it properly. If you can be more efficient at the breastroke, you will learn how to improve your times and win a lot more races. The best place to start is to find out whether or not you are doing a proper breastroke. Begin by reading our “breastroke for Beginners” article that is featured on our website. Additionally, it is a good idea to have a certified swimming instructor or your swim coach watch your moves to ensure that you’ve got it down. He or she can point out the tiny errors that could be holding you back.
A 16 year-old competitive swimmer from Lapeer, Michigan named Emily has some great tips to share. Emily is the current record holder at her school in the 100-meter breastroke. She related the fact that most swimmers aren’t as efficient as then can be as they swim. For example, she points out that the elbows should really be “out there” when the arms are pulled into the chest. Emily says that by keeping the elbows out, you will have more momentum to push ahead into the next stroke, with your shoulders out of the water at this point. Intermediate swimmers can get what Emily calls “lazy feet” when doing the breastroke. She says that you will be much faster if you can get the feet moving correctly.

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Breastroke Video

Posted by LD on August 18, 2010 under Breastroke | Read the First Comment

Here is a short breastroke video list. I will periodically add more to this list as I see useful videos.

Breastroke Pull

Here is a video referring to the breastroke pull.

This one highlights some good breastroke drills to better yoru pull.

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How to Swim Breastroke

Posted by LD on August 16, 2010 under Breastroke | 177 Comments to Read

Used in competitive swimming, the breastroke is one of the most recognizable strokes. It is useful for slowly slinking through the water in your backyard pool, or it can be used to propel you to a win in a competitive race. Beginning swimmers often find the breastroke to be among the toughest strokes to master. While you may need a bit of time to get the hang of it, once you learn the breastroke stroke, you will marvel at how much strength you have gained as a swimmer. You should definitely be comfortable with general water safety and have a basic set of swimming skills before trying to learn the breastroke, just as a general rule of thumb. There should not be any fear of submerging your face, or even your whole body for that matter, underwater. It is important that you are able to breathe rhythmically. Anyone who has not mastered these skills is well advised to seek additional instruction from a local swimming resource. Because swimming is a skill best taught by a live instructor, it would b a sound idea to go ahead and take the basic swimming lessons anyway. All instructors should have their certification through the American Red Cross or some other national authority on water safety. Though private swim instruction may be costly, it is optimal for mastering the breastroke, as the teacher will be able to devote substantial attention to your individual technique, instead of being distracted by keeping an eye of the form and safety of the rest of the class. I enjoyed learning the breastroke as an advanced beginning swimmer. It has become my most frequently used stroke.

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Faster Breastroke

Posted by LD on August 14, 2010 under Breastroke | Read the First Comment

The breastroke is a critical skill for swimmers who want to compete. However, because it is such a complex stroke, many swimmers have a tough time doing the breastroke efficiently. If you can learn to do so, you will soon be swimming a faster breastroke, beating your times, winning more races and having more fun.

The first thing you need to do is to make sure you are doing the breastroke correctly. Check with a certified swimming instructor or coach to make sure you are doing the moves properly. He or she can point out the tiny errors that could be holding you back.
Faster Breastroke Emily is a 16-year-old competitive swimmer in Michigan. She holds the school record in the 100 meter breastroke. She said many swimmers are a bit sloppy in their movements.

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