Breastroke for Intermediate swimmers

If you are a swimmer that would like to participate in competitions, you need to learn how to do 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.

To begin, you need to be certain that you’re correctly executing the breastroke. You should start out by reading the articles on our website about doing the breastroke if you are a beginner. You should also check with a certified swimming instructor or coach to make sure you are doing the moves properly. 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 Emily has some great tips to share. Emily currently holds the school’s record when it comes to the 100M 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. It will give you to momentum to push forward with the next stroke.” At this point your shoulders should be out of the water. Likewise, Emily said intermediate breastrokers can get a little lazy with the feet. “The better you do this, the faster you will be.”

The power to move forward in the breaststroke swim comes from the glide. The glide comes at the end of each stroke and at that point your arms and legs should be tight together. If you want to execute a stronger glide, it’s vital to kick more strongly with your legs. Emily often stretches her legs in order to make them stronger. She says you should hold each leg for a period of 10-seconds, release and then stretch the other leg. Every time you do it, try to get it higher.”

Stretch bands are another way to improve your speed. Conduct your stretching exercises with these wrapped around your legs. All you need to do is tie the ends of the stretch band together before wrapping it around your ankles. If working outside the pool, sit down and try stretching your legs apart. Do this for as long as you remain comfortable. These bands can be used while in the water as well. Again, tie the ends together and wrap it either around your ankles or around your thighs. Leg motions can be rehearsed with a kickboard. When you’re doing this kind of practice in the pool, it will improve your kick greatly and also make your legs stronger.

When we learn breaststroke in swimming, a wide kick is good so that your legs learn the motion properly. Swimmers who engage in competitions don’t want to employ a wide kick however, as this will impede their momentum. By narrowing the kick, there is less resistance and so you will go further on each stroke. Leg strength is an important element that will help you to improve your breastroke speed. The lunge is another exercise that can be used effectively to strengthen your legs. Stand tall, then lunge forward with your right leg and lower your body down so your right knee is at a 90 degree angle. Hold the position, then rise up and return again to the tall standing position. Repeat on your left leg. Most swimming experts feel that performing this routine 25 times per leg, three times per week is advisable. This is followed by leg stretching exercises.

Other exercises should be used to help strengthen and stretch the arms, especially the triceps muscles. Triceps dips are excellent exercises to do just that: Sit on the floor with your legs in front of you. Now, lean your body backwards and extend your arms backward, resting your body’s weight on them. Next, push yourself off of the ground with your arms. Hold for a count of 10 and release.

Some experts believe, however, that the best exercise you can do that will help you to improve your breastroke is the breastroke. Every day, Emily swims with her team for at least two hours. Half of this time focuses on the breastroke. You’ll inevitably improve at anything you regularly rehearse. You can break down your practice to concentrate on various components. You may want to try performing the kick ten times, or work on your arms for a period of time in order to give the rest of your body time to recover. One aspect that Emily and other competitive racers focus on is the breastroke turnbreast at the end of each length. For example, in the breastroke it is essential that both legs and both hands touch the wall during the turn. Once they have, immediately pull one arm back in the opposite direction as you push off the wall. At the point of the “push off”, the swimmer’s body should be streamlined and straight in order to achieve a powerful glide motion.

However, too much of anything is not good for you. Many swimmers have damaged their knees by working too hard when practicing the breastroke. Most of the force that occurs during the kick is done on the outside of the knees. This is why swimmers truly need to be aware of what their bodies are telling them. If you are beginning to feel pain, abstaining from heavy practice for a certain period of time might be necessary. Strengthening exercises and stretches can help you to stay strong and heal during this off time. And while you are taking a break on the breastroke, there are other strokes you can continue to work on.

During the course of a race, it’s important to focus on yourself. Prior to the race, be certain to stretch, and don’t lose your confidence or calm. You need to be single-minded and only focus on what you are doing once you get in the water. Concentrate on your own race and above all don’t turn your head to see where the other racers are.

The best way that you can improve your breastroke is to focus your time and energy on the basic fundamentals of the stroke. You’ll be able to move on to the advanced breastroke by listening yo your body and rehearsing intelligently.

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