In this video, learn how to properly enter your head and shoulders into the water in breaststroke
This video is a part of a breaststroke series. The next video is all about flip turns!
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Breaststroke: Improve the entry of your head and shoulders into the water
In this video, you'll learn how to improve the entry of your head and shoulders into the water when you're doing breaststroke. It's an essential step towards having a good swimming technique.
For this exercise, you'll need a pull-buoy
When doing breaststroke, you should plunge your head underwater so that you don't injure your neck or your back. We'll divide this video into two steps; submerging your shoulders, and improving the entry of your head into the water
Firstly, entering your shoulders into the water
Put a pull-buoy between your legs and lie on your stomach
Make breaststroke movements with your arms; thrusting them forward, then pulling them back
With each movement, completely submerge your shoulders
Do this for a few lengths
This exercise teaches you how to properly submerge your shoulders in the water
Next, improving the entry of your head into the water. This exercise teachers you how to properly submerge your head in the water
Stay lying on your front in the same position
Submerge your head by your chin first,to lower water resistance. Relax the muscles in your neck and shoulders
Kick your legs and let yourself glide underwater, your head submerged and your arms out in front of you
Repeat this as many times as you like
To improve the entry of your head and shoulders in the water, first practise submerging your shoulders, then your head, by your chin first. Over to you!