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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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Tighten Your Core During the Butterfly!

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

Russ Kasl has spent 20+ years as an age group coach and has gained a wide range of experience training young swimmers. In this clip, Coach Kasl presents a drill that uses a flutter kick to improve the tone of the body and tighten the core of swimmers in the butterfly event.

Flutter Fly

Drill Summary: Swimmers push off the wall and execute a butterfly stroke, but instead of using a regular kick, they use a quick flutter kick. This method will help athletes set a high and early elbow catch and give them knowledge of what their core should feel like during the butterfly. As they execute the drill, their body should be on the surface and they should get arm extension on every stroke. The next progression using the Flutter Fly is to alternate it with a regular kick three times going down the length of the pool to help transfer proper techniques into the regular stroke.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Coaching the Developing Butterflyer.” Browse through other Swimming & Diving videos online at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Work on Body Position for Your Freestyle!

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

Arthur Albiero, University of Louisville head coach, presents two body position drills that will help you establish and maintain a tight body line for your freestyle stroke. With an improved body position, you will be able to minimize drag, increase speed and become more efficient.

Body Kick & Side Kick

Drill Summary: For the “Body Kick,” swimmers keep their hands at their sides and kick forward, doing their best to take quick, sneaky breaths. Focus on maintaining a good body line and keeping your back high up. For the “Side Kick,” swimmers lean to one side with their underside hand extended out in front. The body should be in a line from the fingertips to the toes, and swimmers can use their arm to maintain their balance on both sides.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Championship Stroke Breakdown Series: Freestyle Breakdown.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!




Find the Strengths and Weaknesses of Your Breaststroke!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Saturday, August 1, 2015

Five time Big Ten champion head coach, Ray Looze, presents a breaststroke drill that will help you figure out if the weakness of your stroke is the pull or kick. By comparing this drill to fast 100 breaststroke swims, you’ll be able to target what to work on in practice.

Kick Pull Swimming

Drill Summary: For this drill, the swimmer does 25 meters of just breaststroke kicking, does a flip turn, then does 25 meters of pulling with a dolphin kick. When they return to the wall, they once again perform a flip turn, then swim down and back using a full breaststroke.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Championship Stroke Breakdown Series: Breaststroke Breakdown.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!




Breaststroke Kick Tips from a 2x Olympic Gold Medalist!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Thursday, February 27, 2014

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.

Piston Kick

Move your feet as fast as you can throughout the drill. Your heels will come in and out of the water.

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