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ChillingSoul
August 14th, 2013, 04:54 AM
I started with swimming and Breaststroke few months ago, couched by YouTube and Forums like these..
Here is a video i took yesterday. It was the first time i saw myself, and I already noticed, that my pull and kick are way to far.



https://vimeo.com/72327414

Allen Stark
August 14th, 2013, 02:18 PM
I started with swimming and Breaststroke few months ago, couched by YouTube and Forums like these..
Here is a video i took yesterday. It was the first time i saw myself, and I already noticed, that my pull and kick are way to far.



https://vimeo.com/72327414
If you just started breaststroke a few months ago that is very impressive.You timing is quite good.You are correct that you pull back too far and also kick out on the kick, so that you kick is too wide,but the kick seems powerful.With a little narrowing your kick should be really good.Perhaps it is a function of pulling back too far,but you have a noticeable pause between your pull and its recovery.This is a high drag position and you want to spend as little time there as possible.Accelerate through the insweep into the recovery.I also notice that, in the streamline position after the arm recovery, you are not getting a good extension of you arms and shoulders.You have a slight bend of your elbows.This may be due to shoulder issues,but if not,really squeeze your ears with your shoulders and biceps and make sure your elbows are straight. Again,this stroke of yours has some real potential.

ChillingSoul
August 15th, 2013, 03:19 AM
Thank you so much Allen, appreciate your comment a lot!
Will work on the issue and post another one in the next weeks. Thanks.

Swimspire
August 24th, 2013, 10:27 AM
I started with swimming and Breaststroke few months ago, couched by YouTube and Forums like these..
Here is a video i took yesterday. It was the first time i saw myself, and I already noticed, that my pull and kick are way to far.



https://vimeo.com/72327414

Hi ChillingSoul,

Overall, your breaststroke is solid, although there are a few elements to your technique that you can work on to become more efficient.

In terms of the timing of your stroke, you are beginning your kick too late in the arm pull cycle. You need to begin recovering your feet when you are at the “outsweep” phase of the pull.

The mechanics of your pull: you are sculling your wrists and arms too far out and too far back. The insweep of your hands and arms is not complete – you need to bring your elbows as close together as possible, without pausing under the chin or slowing down, as you recover your hands forward towards the initial starting point of the pull. Pausing under the chin prior to the recovery of your pull reduces your momentum. You need to be sure that your transition from the insweep to the streamline is as quick as possible.

You have a good streamline after the finish of the kick, prior to starting your next pull, although you need to try to get more distance per stroke by straightening your arms and elbows and reaching as far in front as possible.
As you noticed, your kick is also too wide.

You can correct your stroke mechanics with the following drills:

Half-Pull Drill
Scull Kick
Kick with Board and Pull Buoy
Kick at Back in Streamline Position

Good luck!

Julia Galan
Director and Head Coach at Swimspire
www.swimspire.com (http://www.swimspire.com/)