Breaststroke is a devilish stroke: challenging to learn, difficult to perfect, and full of nuance. To a nonswimmer, breaststroke may look easy. Can't anyone do it? Well, maybe great grandma's breaststroke from 1920—head held up, a nice leisurely scull and that super-wide frog kick. The breaststroke of yore bears almost no resemblance to today's aggressive yet smooth and athletic stroke. Breaststroke is often seen as the toughest stroke to master—and the hardest stroke to hang onto once you think you have it down. Breaststroke timing sometimes has a mind of its own, often confounding coaches and swimmers alike.
Breaststroke may be the oldest recognized swimming stroke as it likely originated from human swimmers trying to mimic the action of swimming frogs.
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“The key to fast breaststroke is to eliminate resistance in every part of the stroke and in your body position—horizontal with just a little undulation above and below the water,” says Olympian and Go Swim coach Glenn Mills. “Master streamline and you minimize resistance.”
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The hips get a lot of press in freestyle, backstroke, and butterfly. Many swimmers, however, are surprised to learn just how much their hips play a part in successful breaststroke. Your hips are a fulcrum point in breaststroke. When you’re breathing, your hips assist by driving down and forward. Coupled with the shoulder shrug in-sweep, they provide a pocket in which to catch that much-needed breath, without having to lift your head. After the in-sweep, and as the hands shoot forward, the chest drives down and the hips return up to or near the water’s surface. The hips are also key in your kick: it’s important to keep your kick behind you, and not drive your knees too far forward of your hip line.
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Breaststroke is always a work in progress. If you have the opportunity, get filmed both above and below water to see your weak points and find where you are creating drag. There are so many great breaststroke drills that teach you how to minimize resistance in the different phases of the stroke. Use those drills to improve your bodyline, head position, the front end, your hips, and the back end.
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So, where does breathing fit into the breaststroke swimming cycle? You should breathe every stroke once you have the kick and the pull figured out, you need to add in the breathing step.