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Learn how to do three swimming drills that improve freestyle stroke in this swimming lesson from Howcast.
Swimming drills to improve the freestyle stroke. There are a few great drills to improve your freestyle stroke. They are simple, and easy, and anybody can do them from being just a beginner swimmer to an advanced swimmer. One of the drills I would like to do, at Physique Swimming, is the catch-up freestyle. The catch-up freestyle is done by keeping both of your arms in front of you, and then every six kicks, you pull with one arm to catch-up to the other arm. One, two, three, four, five, six, pull, breathe. One, two, three, four, five, six, pull, breathe.
The catch-up freestyle stroke allows you to develop balance and coordination so your freestyle overall becomes a lot more efficient. Another version of a catch-up stroke is doing the catch-up freestyle drill single arm catch-up freestyle, which means just using one arm at a time. So you’re going to be using one arm every six kicks to pull and breathe to your side. So you would kick six times in between your stroke. One, two, three, four, five, six, pull, take a quick breath to your side, and have your arm recover, and enter right in front of your head. One, two, three, four, five, six, pull, breathe to your side, recover, and enter right in front of your head. You would do your right arm down, and your left arm back, so, both the arms have practice.
Another great drill for the freestyle stroke is kicking on the side, with one arm in front of you, and being about 45 degrees in the water with your head straight. This allows you to really focus on your breathing. You can practice your breathing by breathing to your side every four kicks. One, two, three, four, breathe to your side. One, two, three, four, breathe to your side. This drill might seem a little bit challenging because it requires a lot of work from your legs, and you might get a little bit tired, but don’t worry.
Take your time. The slower you do it, the better it will be in the long run. Next grade drill for freestyle is switching from one side to the other side. So you would start off kicking six times on one side. One, two, three, four, five, six, pull, switch, and then breathe to your side. One, two, three, four, five, six, pull, switch, breathe to your side. These drills help you rotate your body and be able to find your proper balance on top of the water with proper breathing. These are some drills to improve your freestyle stroke.