The great thing about breaststroke is that you can
exercise as hard or as gently you want to (believe it, breaststroke can be
exhausting if you want it to be). This is mainly because most people find
the breathing much easier to master than front crawl and, unlike
backstroke, you can see where youíre going in a public pool!
Breaststroke is unlike the other strokes in several
The first is that it has natural dead spots which means that it lacks
continuous propulsion. The minimization of the dead spots in breaststroke (i.e. getting
the timing right) and ensuring the body is in a streamlined position during
them are both crucial.
At its best the motion derived from the pull is neatly followed by that
generated from the kick which is then followed by a short streamlined glide
with the arms out in front of the body before the cycle starts again.
At itís worst the arms pull back at the same time as
the knees move far too far forwards. Both actions thus cancel each other
out rendering the swimmer virtually stationery. For this reason breaststroke can be considered
the easiest and hardest stroke to master at the same time!
The other factor that sets breaststroke apart from the other strokes is its reliance on a strong leg kick.