Breastroke is one of the main types of strokes involved in swimming and is sometimes the one that people find the hardest to get the hang of. Although, this doesn’t have to be the case, as with our swimming tips for breaststroke you can pick up the technique easily! Especially because of the swimming benefits you can achieve by doing one of our swimming workouts, including breaststroke, mean that you will be toning muscle and building strength, which is why swimming is such a popular activity.
Swimming for beginners requires you learning how to swim, trying out different swimming exercises and mastering the different strokes, such as breastroke. It may all seem hard at first but once you are comfortable in the water, you will surprise yourself on what you are capable of doing. Front crawl is usually the least daunting stroke that most swimmers use for their basic knowledge before moving on to the more complex breast stroke.
How to do breaststroke?
Usually one of the strokes that you are taught first, due to how great it is for fitness, some people find it hard to get breastroke right. On your chest in the water, your arms will move synchronously in a half circle motion with your head above the water. Keeping your feet together, bend your knees so your feet move towards your chest and then kick out bringing them back together. You do not move your legs and arms at the same time, but rather consecutively as the motions flow easily from one to the other.
To make sure you perfect your breaststroke, we have put together some useful tips that should help you get the right swimming technique:
- Maximise your streamline – due to this stroke being less streamlined, when returning your arms and legs to normal positions streamline your body as much as you can even though it is for a short period
- Keep your hips raised – make sure that the kick doesn’t drag you down, keep your legs and hips in line rather than below each other
- Sweeping shouldn’t be wide – propulsion comes from your legs so when sweeping your arms out, the aim is not to stretch them as wide as possible but to sweep efficiently
- Timing – you should never be in a still, flat position but your arms and legs should be working consecutively
The following video will give you a better idea on how to do the breaststroke with a few drills for when you practise too: