Sprint Breaststroke Workout (How to improve your breaststroke kick)

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Sep 25, 2007

Sprint Breaststroke Workout (How to improve your breaststroke kick)

One of you have asked me to give some workout advice in your comments, so here it is. A few tips for your breaststroke 50s and 100s and I am sure it could come handy for longer events as well. First, keep in mind that breaststroke is a combination of leg power with good timing, so focus on this in your workout (apart from strenghtening your arms and improving breathing).

The best and fastest way to improve in your swimming is to make your technique better, so you can move through water with less energy. Here are some breaststroke sets that might help you with your kick and arms. Note: You should not do only breaststroke in your practice as that can be quite stressful on your kneess, so put other strokes in between.

- 8x100 (25 breast arms with six beat free kick, 25 free easy and repeat the first 25) - Focus on extending your arms very fast forward when you bring them together and do not let your head go down under the water.

- 8x25 (odd - underwater in a streamline + eggbeater kick (like water polo players, but in a horizontal position), even - easy free)

- 5x1 min(30 sec on, 30 sec off) - Vertical Kicks. Hold a medicine ball above your head while kicking breaststroke or eggbeater(this is best done in a pair where you can throw the ball to each other)

- 400m - Two pulls under water. Take two pulls after each turn (if too tough to start with, feel free to alternate two and one or decrease the distance)

- 5x1min (30 on/30 off) - Wall Kick. Find a wall and align yourself vertically against it, feet down. Then put your arms either above your head or behind your back and start kicking short breast kicks. The idea here is that you should stay vertical, pressing your chest to the wall, but your knees should hardly touch the wall. This will help you to be more streamlined and it will stop you from bringing your knees too far underneath your chest when you swim.

- 8x25 - Kicks on back. Arms are in a streamline, heels go down almost to your butt. Knees are NOT coming out of the watter and pevlis stays at the surface. Should have same effect as the wall kick above.

- 4x100 Sculling (each 25 differently) - front, on your back, in 90 degree angle, on one side.

Obviously, all these sets/intervals should be adjusted to your own liking/level. To get a good power in your legs a weightroom work is always suggested :).

For helping your breathing, you can use Power Breathe (just 2 times 30 breathes a day and you'll see a difference within a week).
Be seen, keep your stuff dry and take a break when needed.

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