20 Feb Which is the swimming stroke for beginners?
As you all know, any one of us, when not yet able to swim, is quite “afraid” of water and has a feeling of insecurity when standing in high water whether it is river, lake or sea. And when approaching the sport of swimming, you and a lot of people certainly do not know what style to swim first.
As you all know, swimming has four main swimming styles: freestyle (also known as front crawl), backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly stroke. However, which style of swimming you should learn depends entirely on the application characteristics of your area.
However, there is a swimming style that you are very easy to apply without losing strength, that is the frog swimming style. We will share more through this article.
What is breaststroke?
Breaststroke is the slowest swimming style compared to the other 3 swimming styles: freestyle, backstroke, butterfly stroke. The frog swimming style simulates a frog swimming style with simple movements. This swimming method gives you a comfortable time to rest, does not waste energy, and helps you exercise healthily.
In addition, this is also a highly applicable swimming style, you can swim in rivers, lakes, or narrow places, unable to reach out.
Breaststroke is also very easy to learn for the elderly who need a gentle and comfortable water sport for the joints. Nearly anyone can swim this style, from young to old.
How to perform breaststroke correctly?
To do the correct breaststroke technique, we should start with a step-by-step approach from leg to arm exercise and finally to a coordinated limb practice. For the tireless practice of breaststroke, you should start by practicing the exercises on the land fully before entering the water. Below are the steps to learn breaststroke techniques for your reference.
1. Leg exercises in basic breaststroke technique
Leg practice in standard breaststroke technique involves 2 steps of leg training on land and under the water.
– Land leg exercise: Sitting on the wall of a tank, legs contracted and extended to the sides, soles of the feet facing outwards like a frog’s. Then, kick your legs hard to the sides and then quickly close the legs, while straightening as before. In basic breaststroke tutorials, this leg exercise is often shortened to the name of a sequence of movements, including Co (leg contraction) – Crunch (bend the foot outward) – Pedal (pedal) ) – Close. You can remember this phrase to make it easier to exercise your feet on land.
– Underwater leg exercise: Two handrails on the wall of a tank or exercise board and then pedal to practice as if on land. Pay attention to practice in shallow or horizontal water to avoid danger.
2. Hands exercise in basic breaststroke technique
Similar to leg training, the breaststroke technique is exactly doing the arms on the ground before going underwater.
– Hands exercise on land: Stand hunched forward, arms stretched, palms facing each other and tilted at an angle of about 45 degrees above the floor (later water). Use your arms to push to the sides until the arms are almost in line with the shoulders, palms facing out. Then quickly close your arms and repeat the movement. Hand movements are very important in the correct basic breaststroke technique, as if not done properly you will lose a lot of energy when swimming.
– Hands exercise under the water: Stand under the water, hunched over so that your hands are about 10cm away from the water surface, palms and arms are stretched out like on land. Next, walking while fanning the water like the movements done on land.
3. Breathing technique in breaststroke
When practicing breaststroke with hand movements, you should start to pay attention to the breaststroke technique. When doing this swim, you will breathe out through your mouth when your head is submerged. Next, to the movement of crawling forward, your head lifted, you will inhale. Note this breaststroke technique so you don’t choke on the water.
4. Hand and foot coordination in breaststroke technique
The final step to properly perfecting basic breaststroke is to practice limb coordination. This is the last step to be taken before you actually step into the tank.
– Practice coordination technique in breaststroke when on land: You stand slightly on your knees or arms brought up to your chest. Next, you straighten up, arms outstretched up to the sky. Pull hands back, arms closed, legs straightened.
– Underwater hand and foot coordination technique: Once you have mastered the practice, you can practice water continuously with movements similar to land.
Above is a simple breaststroke and easy to learn for everyone. If you are beginner to swimming, you can learn breaststroke at first cause it is a easy swimming style and you can apply performing it in lots of different circumstances! Wish you success!