Kick Determines Stroke Tempo!

So what is a starfish position? The Breaststroke kick is the determining factor of the entire tempo of the whole stroke. So most coaches teach this the opposite way, which is why many kids don’t necessarily finish their kick, and they’re just too worried about how quickly they’re cycling your arms Breaststroke is the opposite of all the other three strokes and the fact that it is solely kick driven. Your arms don’t do that much for you in Breaststroke, Butterfly is kick driven as well, but your arms do a lot more for you in regards to generating propulsion, so your kick is like most of your whole Breaststroke stroke, and it determines the whole timing of the entire stroke. So, every world-class Breaststroker hits their body line during their stroke, which is the body right under the surface of the water in a streamlined position, you want the feet together, you want all the legs together and then the hands together. As soon as those feet come together, this is the green light for a swimmer to then start sweeping the hands out to go into their next pull. If you don’t do that and you see your feet are still coming around and your hands are already open, you end up in this position, like in the picture here with the starfish or the arms are coming out to the side but the legs are still open in the body. In general, this is a large surface area, which wastes all the work you’ve just done. You have so much drag on you because you’re so much bigger. That you’re slowing down, which is not what we want.