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Here is your chance to learn tips from 2x Olympic Gold Medalist, Mark Gangloff! He will show you how to determine and develop the speed of your breaststroke kick. This is an intense exercise that gets your feet moving quickly and can be used as a warm-up to get you ready for a race.
Move your feet as fast as you can throughout the drill. Your heels will come in and out of the water.
Watch and learn the coaching philosophy behind a successful breaststroke and butterfly turn from 2010 Big 10 Coach of the Year, Bill Wadley. Along with the insight from Coach Wadley, you will see multiple drills that emphasize the points that he makes.
The key points are to finish with a kick, stay at water level, and not to look at the wall but concentrate on looking at the bottom of the pool.
In this unique drill to teach the importance of “flat streamlining”, the proper movement and body alignment are emphasized here. The swimmer utilizes the technique of “upside-down underwater” breaststroke swimming with tips from 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Assistant Coach, Frank Busch.
Using the techniques presented will increase your distance per stroke.
Understand the importance of the sometimes forgotten aspect of the breaststroke, which is undulation. Frank Busch of the University of Arizona coaching staff, has his swimmer show you drills to emphasize correct undulation, start to finish.
Viewing this clip will inform you on the mental concept and the physical feeling of “rolling over the barrel” at the end of the undulation.
The breaststroke kick is considered the main propulsive force in this stroke and in this drill the swimmer’s heels touch the swimmer’s hands to ensure a full range of kicking motion. 2X NCAA Championship Coach, Frank Busch, emphasizes the importance of the final downward thrust of the legs and feet.
See underwater and slow motion views of these kick drills for a better idea of the techniques presented here.