Learn the building blocks of the breaststroke from Eddie Reese, University of Texas Head Men’s Swimming Coach and 8X NCAA Coach of the Year. Understanding the basics of the stroke is imperative for successful breaststroke swimming. In this segment Coach Reese gives you an overview of the arm motion of the stroke, the timing of the breathing and kicking. See what concepts you can work on in practice to improve and be prepared for the competition in your future meets.
Get advice from Eddie Reese, who has collected 10 NCAA Championship team titles throughout his coaching career. Watch the clip below to gain insight on top-notch starts and turns for the breaststroke. These tips will help you put together a complete race and become an overall better swimmer.
For the turning portion of the stroke, make sure to look straight up at the ceiling during the turn. Lead your arm drive forward with the arm that is relative to the side that your body turns. For example, if your chest faces to the left, as you are making the turn, you will lead with your left arm. Then follow this by driving the opposite hand by the ear.
It is important that with the start you dive in with your body as parallel as possible to the water. Do not have a high or arcing trajectory to your start dive.
Take a look at great tips from 3X Olympic Head Coach, Eddie Reese. Here are some concepts to teach and enhance the proper technique of the stroke. In this segment, you will see a couple more of Coach Reese’s favorite drills for breaststroke. You will gain a complete understanding of how to put together your leg and arm movements for an improved breaststroke form.
Above is the 4 Pulls 2 Strokes Drill. This drill works on the speed and timing of the arm pull, and allows the swimmer to add the full stroke with the fast pulls in a repetitive pattern.
This 4 Kicks 2 Pulls Drill is designed to help with the rhythm of the stroke. It also develops better breath control and kicking all at the same time.
Watch instruction from 2010 NCAA Championship swim coach, Eddie Reese. Here is some great advice that will work on the proper mechanics of the stroke. In this segment, you will see a couple of Coach Reese’s favorite drills for breaststroke. These drills are designed to limit the motion of your kicks in order to focus on your arm movement technique.
The Head Out Drill trains a swimmer to have a fast recovery and not allow them to stop their pull underneath the chest or chin.
The Pull Only Drill builds upon the previous the Head Out drill but allows a normal head position, but still no kicking involved with the arm cycle. Coach Reese feels that the stroke tempo is driven from the speed of the pull.