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Train Proper Hands and Kicking for the Breaststroke!

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

Two time Olympic Gold Medalist Mark Gangloff uses the “Accordion Drill” to ensure his hands and feet always use the right action. Gangloff credits his former coach David Marsh for this drill, which is sure to help any athlete with their breaststroke.

Accordion Drill

Drill Summary: For this drill, swimmers will need a snorkel. The swimmer starts in the streamline position. The hands will stay in the streamline position for the entirety of the drill, but the swimmer breaks their elbows and brings their hands into their head. At the same time, the swimmer brings their heels into their butt. Once the swimmer is fully contracted, they perform a breaststroke kick and push their hands out simultaneously.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Breaststroke with Mark Gangloff.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!

Kick Your Breaststroke Woes with a Kicking Drill!

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

Check out this drill from eight time NCAA Coach of the Year David Marsh that optimizes the breaststroke kick. Swimmers will learn to propel themselves forward using as much water as possible on every kick.

Alternating Leg Drill

Drill Summary: Swimmers will need a snorkel for this drill. For this drill, swimmers extend their arms forward and use only their legs to push themselves down the pool. Alternate kicking with each leg, focusing on keeping the knees in. Coach Marsh notes that swimmers’ backs should stay flat on the surface of the water. Progression: Alternate two kicks for each leg.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “David Marsh’s Next Wave Technique: Breaststroke.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!

Improve on One of the Key Segments of the Breaststroke!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Saturday, November 1, 2014

University of Tennessee Head Coach, Matt Kredich, reviews the 4 segments of the breaststroke that include outsweep, insweep, recovery and forward explosion, and the kick and glide. This particular drill focuses on the recovery and forward explosion.

Breaststroke Recovery and Explosion

Drill Summary: The first drill in this segment is to perform breaststroke with a dolphin kick propelled by using fins. Kredich encourages the swimmer to try to feel the resistance at the end of the insweep and to try to get out of that position as quickly as possible with a fast explosive recovery and snapping back to a tight “line” on the surface. Kredich then shares a variation doing breaststroke pulling with a flutter kick with fins. He believes that the flutter kick keeps the lower abs constantly engaged that allows the swimmer to push forward through every part of the stroke.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Technical Breaststroke.” View other world class Swimming videos!

Improve Your Breaststroke with the Triple Threat Drill

By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Coley Stickels, 14x NCAA All-American with the University of Arizona, presents the Triple Threat Drill. This drill focuses on increasing hand speed and working on the timing and rhythm of your stroke.

Triple Threat Drill

The Triple Threat Drill starts off with the athlete pushing off the wall with a flutter kick and breaststroke arms. The head is to be above the water for the first three strokes, with the athlete continuing to flutter kick. Next the athlete goes into normal breathing breaststroke for three strokes. Coach Stickels emphasizes to maintain your tempo throughout the drill with the flutter kick.

This video came from Championship Productions’ DVD, Mega Drills for Breaststroke .  To view more swimming videos from America’s top coaches and swimmers, click here.

Make Adjustments to Hit Perfect Butterfly and Breaststroke Turns!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, July 1, 2014

2010 Big 10 Coach of the Year, Bill Wadley, explains how to adjust your Butterfly and Breaststroke before the flags to stretch out the arms and finish the kick properly at the wall to maximize the turn. 

Butterfly and Breaststroke Turns

This is also important in relay racing where the next swimmer is timing his or her takeoff on the swimmer’s last strokes into the wall.

Watch and learn more from this Championship Productions’ DVD “Ohio State Drills & Skills for All Turns.” View other world class Swimming videos!


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