Breaststroke - Band Kick

Apr 17, 2013
Breaststroke - Band Kick

Here's a quick and easy way to improve your breaststroke kick.

Why Do It:
By narrowing the recovery of the legs in your breaststroke kick, you create less resistance in setting up the kick, which can help you maintain more speed.

How to Do It:
1.  Take a rubber band (we're using the FINIS strap), and place it just above your knees.
2.  Swim breaststroke like you normally would.  The band will do the trick in keeping your knees narrow.
3.  Continue to try to grab as much water as possible with your feet when kicking back.

How to Do It Really Well (the Fine Points):
Swim for more than just a few lengths with the legs restricted.  When you remove the band, do your best to keep your knees as close as they were when using the band.  Focus your attention on the resistance your thighs create while recovering and, if needed, put the band back on and swim some more.  Understand that you don't want your knees SO close that you can't grab any water, so make sure you use a band that allows your legs to separate just enough to get a good grab on the water with your feet.

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