What I have my age group breaststokers try to concentrate on with thier kick during backstroke is turn the toes towards each other and try to lightly have them touch during the kick. This does several things:
1 - keeps the focus on a smaller tighter kick
2 - helps to keep the knees straighter
3 - gives them real feedback on if they are doing it correctly
Since we're at the beginning of a new season
I thought I'd bump all the lanes to see which one is winning
How many of you wear a nose clip for backstroke? Do you wear it for a specific race, 50/100/200?
Do you wear it all the time on backstroke sets in practice or only on certain sets?
I've tried using a nose clip because I think it will help me on my SDK, but I just can't swim with it on. I get too confused since I always exhale through my nose on backstroke and the nose-clip gets me so out of my groove that I can't even swim. I guess I should devote a little more time to it before I abandon it altogether.
I'm interested to see what others have to say about them...
In backstroke, if you are positioned correctly head to toe, water is going to invariably run across your face. No-one should ever assume that backstrokers keep their face dry.
That said, I need every orifice above water to be pulling air on my behalf in anything over a 25 yd swim, so no nose clip for me!!
Breathing: Once per cycle, or twice per cycle (on every stroke)?
Why or why not?
Does it matter?
I'm loving this thread! I'm training to swim a 50 and 100 backstroke in an October meet. For the past 2 weeks, I've been putting it all together: starts, swim, flips, SDKs. I'm sure that I'm still sloppy on some things, but I'm having a great time practicing! Will keep you all posted on how the meet goes.
BTW, I DO use noseclips, when I swim backstroke. No matter how hard I try,i end up with a snout full of water. Any other stroke, I don't use them. I've found that I actually swim faster with them on! Not sure what the difference is, but it seems to work out that way.
I was reading the other day that a coach teaches his swimmers to enter the water thumb first.
He said is less stressful on the shoulder. It helps promotes better rotation and a better catch. Plus, it helps prevent swimmers from crossing over.
Has anyone tried this idea or heard about it before?
Got any video?
I enter with the back of the hand, because rotating to get the pinky first causes my shoulders to flare-up.
I was curious to see if anyone else had heard or tried this idea.
I've heard of a neutral entry (i.e slapping the back of the hand) but I've never heard of a thumb first entry.
I am thumb back until right before the surface. I rotate the hand in one very fast smooth motion. My body roll sets up the shoulder rotation which is continued down through the hand. If you are rotating the hand underwater (thumb first entry) it's going to slow or kill your initial catch. You are going to have to dive the hand about a foot below the surface and rotate it before you can start your pull. FYI Peirsol starts his catch (at the wrist) when his hand is about an inch below the surface.
Also , if you are slapping the surface, you may not have enough body rotation. I can be painful to pinky enter if the body is not rolled over. You can also widen your entry to help get that hand over. Stretching your pecs also helps too.