Breaststroke Pull: Scoop and Shoot

The “I” and your “y” is really kind of like a setup phase to get into your scoop with your scoop is the only part of the pull that generates propulsion. So the scoop is a movement that’s like a V shape. So you go from that “y” position to then popping your elbows or bending at your elbows and getting your palms facing down. And then from there scoop in towards your chest, with palms coming in towards your chest, focusing on keeping the hands and elbows still in that peripheral vision, and you sweep them there before you then rotate them together kind of like teepee style into your shoot. So the shoot is the recovery part of the Breaststroke pull. So you want to recover with your hands under the water. We’ll talk about why that’s important here in a second. And the fastest way to get from point A to point B is in a straight line, so when you’re recovering, you want to recover straight under the water, you don’t want to dive down, you don’t want to come up for some reasons we’ll get into in the next slide. Once again, this step doesn’t generate any propulsion for the stroke from the arms. So the only step out of these four steps that does anything for you in the breaststroke pole is the literal scoop itself. So I wrote a blog couple, not this week, but last week, it was part one of a series on the Breaststroke undulation and had a bunch of coaches asked me some questions on it. And one of the coaches highlighted, we were talking about Adam Peaty and how to Peaty has a really high tempo and what his tempo is like in conjunction with how long he glides, it was due to this article that a sports physiologist wrote, who was formed overseas, I forget where he’s exactly from. But what he did was break down the Breaststroke pull into the same exact elements here. They’re called differentt “I “, “y” scoop and shoot for me, but he had them categorized in four different terms. And what he said was that out of spends more time lighting than he does actually moving water, which is technically true, because I the why consider that still part of the glide at the very top, and then that fourth recovery motion, like two thirds flat last third of that recovery motion is still technically part of the glide. So that’s putting a large majority of the Breaststroke pull in a position where you’re not really moving water. So, as a Swim Swam article that was super well, that got a lot of people to think about, well, how does Adam Peaty glide so much with such a high tempo? Well, he does glide very well comparatively, when you ratio when you like, literally categorize out the steps have the pressure pole in comparison to how quickly he does other steps. But he doesn’t glide more than like a Kevin Cordes, or anybody who swims with a little bit slower stroke, right? That spends more literal time in their glide. So yeah, it’s pretty interesting. I always love reading other people’s stuff. Just to make sure that I continue to learn because I don’t want to tell you guys anything that’s like out of date, or not quite up to par with what’s happening in the swimming world.