Coach Retta's Breaststroke Key Points

Breaststroke is complicated, but the beauty is that there is not just ONE way to do it. If you look at the elite breaststrokers of the world - Adam Peaty, Ippei Watanabe, Marco Koch, Ruta Meilutyte, Kanako Watanabe, Lilly King - each one performs this discipline slighly differently.

Knowing this, however, there are still several characteristics that are applicable to most all breaststrokers, which we can adapt to our own swimming.

Key Points:

  • Movement should be on the horizontal plane - As with butterfly, we're seeing much less up/down undulation and more 'flat' swimming with everything moving forward. This is the case with breaststroke. The flat stroke helps reduce drag resistance and produce a faster stroke rate.
  • Arm movement should gain speed throughout - the acceleration should increase as your arms perform the pull.
  • Head & shoulder should be returned to 'streamlined position' prior to the arms fully lengthening out forward and also before the kick.
  • The recovery is typically begun once the elbows are level with the shoulders.
  • Water is displaced by the instep, ankles and lower legs during the kick.
  • Try not to think of the kick as a 'circle' and instead keep in mind the fact you're trying to push water behind you.
  • Keep low across the water with the breath and don't have any unnecessary head movements. The head through torso operate as one unit.
  • Hips should remain at the surface at all times.
Posted on September 19, 2017 .