Part A – Breaststroke Arms

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[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”left” font_size=”17″ width=”940″]If frontcrawl is jogging then breaststroke is walking

Doing breaststroke arms is very different to frontcrawl arms. The pull itself is not very strong in comparison; it is more for supporting and carrying our upper body forwards as well as allowing our heads to come up for a breath.

As a result, you will notice that breaststroke is a lot slower stroke compared to frontcrawl; it is not a race but a leisurely stroll in water

The timing of the breaststroke arms is also completely different. Instead of frontcrawl arms set to continuous motion, breaststroke arms have a pause to promote gliding

To perform the pull start with your arms out in front pointing forwards with your hands beside eachother. Next imagine the timing of the pull as if you were going up a rollercoaster hill. You want to slowly separate your hands and incrementally increase your speed as you reach 90 degree angles with your elbows. The pull comes from your hands being cupped and part of your forearms

Next when your elbows have reached 90 degree angles bend your forearms inwards so that your fingers touch first and then your palms touch and finally like going down the rollercoaster hill you shoot out into a front glide. It is here that we pause and allow the front glide momentum to carry us forwards for 1-2 seconds. Do this a few times in a seated position in the water until you are ready to move on

Next attempt this motion with your head in the water. Blowing bubbles from the starting position and come up for a breath when your arms both reach 90 degrees in the pull, quick breath and back into the water as your arms shoot out and assume the front glide position

Next try this with front kicking but increase the speed of the breaststroke arms as seen in the video[/text_block]

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