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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!

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Learn How to Breathe for the Breaststroke!

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

If you’ve ever wondered what the most effective breathing method is for the breaststroke, two time Olympic gold medalist, Mark Gangloff, can show you with the “Goggle Drill.” By keeping your head low to the water while maintaining a relaxed streamline, you’ll be able to take quicker breaths.

Goggle Drill

Drill Summary: As the swimmer does a breaststroke in line, they will do three different kinds of pulls. On the first, they keep their head down and flat in the water to maintain the streamline. On the second, they lift their head out of the water so the surface of the water touches their nose. Finally, on the third, the nose comes out of the water and the swimmer takes a breath while staying in line.

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

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!

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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