View Full Version : Hinky Flutter Kick

January 17th, 2010, 12:51 PM
Hello on a rainy Sunday!
Can anyone offer advice on whether and how to straighten out twisted legs in a flutter kick? They're fine when I swim flat in the water and when I kick on my left side, but I'm trying out the Total Immersion technique and find when I kick on my right side my legs kind of thrash around in the water, my top leg knee dips down and interferes with my lower leg so much that I'm not really doing a flutter kick anymore. sigh. I guess its a knock-kneed kick. If I swim LESS on my side it's less of a problem. And if I bend my knees a little more than recommended (but not too horribly much) its less of a problem. I'm devoting some time, as I begin my master's fitness swimming life, to improving my technique. But I want to be realistic--I don't want to spend months retraining my legs (they've apparently been moving this way for decades, who knew?) and sacrifice fitness/yardage/ and honestly, calories burned.
thanks for any suggestions, I'll be working with a coach on Tuesday and can get some help with observing what's happening, too. :confused:

January 17th, 2010, 02:45 PM

to improve your kick & increase your kicking speed, try

Help My flutter Kick is Horrible
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my original advice

Plus you really need to see what you're doing

get an underwater video camera
have someone film you then
watch it

Here's a few:

Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP 10 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (Green)


Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 12 MP Digital Camera with 3.6x Wide Angle Optical Dual Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Silver)


Pentax Optio W60 10 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom and 2.5 inch LCD (Pink) ~ Pentax