Your Kick Determines YOUR Tempo!

What is the starfish position? The Breaststroke Kick is the determining factor of the tempo of the whole stroke. So most coaches teach this the opposite way, which is why many kids stop they don’t necessarily finish their kick, and they’re just too worried about how quickly they are cycling their arms. Breaststroke is the opposite of the other three strokes because 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. Your kick is most of your Breaststroke stroke and it determines the timing of the entire stroke. Every world-class Breaststroker hits their body line during their stroke, which is when the body right under the surface of the water is in a streamlined position. You want the feet and legs together and also want the hands together. As soon as those feet come together think about is that as a green light for a swimmer to start sweeping the hands out to go into their next pull. If you don’t do that and the feet are still coming around and your hands are already open, you end up in this position, as I have down in the picture here with the starfish, or the arms are coming out to the side, but the legs are still open. In general, the body has a very big surface area, which cancels the work you’ve done. You have so much drag on you because of the larger surface area, which slows you down, which is not what we want.