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Use the Wall to Improve Your Breaststroke Kick!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, May 1, 2016

Mark Gangloff, two-time olympic gold medalist and 13-time NCAA All-American, demonstrates a drill that utilizes the wall to perfect the breaststroke kick. The point of the drill is to help swimmers catch more water with the inside of their feet so they can produce a speedier breaststroke.

Kick Against the Wall

Drill Summary: Place both of your hands on the wall with your stomach facing the bottom of the pool. Begin executing a breaststroke kick, focusing on setting your feet up at the top of the kick and turning your feet and toes out to catch more water. If you’re doing it right, you should feel pressure on the inside of your feet as you push against the wall.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Breaststroke with Mark Gangloff.” Browse through other Swimming & Diving videos online at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Get Two Kicking Drills for the Breaststroke!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Ohio State University head women’s swimming coach, Bill Dorenkott, begins every drilling series with kicking drills. In this clip, he’ll show you the “Streamline Breaststroke Kick on the Back” and the “Superman Breaststroke Kick on the Back,” which both require great hip flexibility from swimmers.

Kicking Drills

Drill Summary: For the “Streamline Breaststroke Kick on the Back,” push off from the wall on your back in a streamline position (hands together, extended above your head). On each kick, bring your heels up to your rear and don’t bring your knees to your chest. The goal is to kick while keeping your knees just under the surface of the water. The same method is used for the “Superman Breaststroke Kick on the Back,” except your arms are slightly apart with your shoulders touching your ears. While kicking, keep your heels tucked in to avoid unnecessary drag.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Ohio State Drills & Skills for Breaststroke.” Browse through other Swimming & Diving videos online at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Receive Breaststroke Instruction from Josh Davis!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, December 1, 2015

United States Olympic gold medalist and American record breaker, Josh Davis, gives you three breaststroke drills designed to develop faster swimmers. You will work on keeping your head up, shooting through the air, strengthening your arms and improving your timing in Davis’ drills.

Breaststroke Drills

Drill Summary: There are three different drills in this clip.

  1. Head Up Breaststroke – Swim using short, fast strokes and focus on keeping your head up in the water. Don’t let your chin touch the surface!
  2. Freaky Dolphin Drill – Instead of executing a regular dolphin drill, scoop and shoot forward in the water on every stroke. Really focus on diving forward!
  3. 2 Kicks 1 Pull – For every pull, you get two kicks. Focus on holding the streamline position and gliding near the surface of the water after every 2nd kick.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Josh Davis on Everything Swimming: All 4 Strokes, Starts and Turns.” Browse through other Swimming & Diving videos online at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Get a Great Pullout Drill for the Breaststroke!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Kelly Kremer, University of Minnesota head women’s coach, presents a drill that works on getting swimmers in the correct body position for a breaststroke pullout. Athletes will prepare their bodies to make a dolphin kick and practice getting their hands out and straight forward in the water.

Breaststroke Pullout

Drill Summary: Coach Kremer teaches each step of his breaststroke pullout as a progression. Swimmers first start by streamlining off the wall and separating their hands and the point where they want to initiate the dolphin kick. The next step is to actually add the dolphin kick, and finally, the last progression is to tack on the pullout at the end. It’s important to avoid doing a second dolphin kick, otherwise the swimmer could get disqualified.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Start to Finish Breaststroke.” Browse through other Swimming & Diving videos online at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Perfect the Timing of the Breaststroke!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, November 1, 2015

One of the most important aspects of the breaststroke is timing. Ian Pope, Melbourne Vicentre Swimming Club head coach and Australian National Team coach, runs through a few of his favorite drills that focus on getting the arms, body and legs in sync while executing the breaststroke.

Breaststroke Timing

Drill Summary: Swimmers push off the wall and work on using a butterfly kick with sculling arms. Every time the hands sweep in, swimmers should take a breath. The hips should follow the rhythm of the body and the kick should be timed so that it whips the body forward in the water.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Ian Pope’s Swimming Down Under: Breaststroke.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!




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