Swimming : How to learn the butterfly stroke ?

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The butterfly stroke is an impressive swimming technique, both visually as well as physically. The main difficulty of learning the technique comes from its "athletic" aspect. Indeed, the butterfly stroke requires muscle strength, synchronisation of movements and flexibility.

WHAT IS THE BUTTERFLY STROKE?

The butterfly stroke originated from the separation of traditional breaststroke with the butterfly breaststroke where the arms return through the air. It is known as the fastest swimming stroke after the crawl.

 

This technique is usually taught last during swimming training because of its demanding nature. Indeed, it requires excellent fitness, relaxation and perfect coordination.
Breathing is also very important, whether from the front or side. In any case, it has to be stable.

HOW TO SWIM THE BUTTERFLY STROKE?

As odd as it may seem, the butterfly stroke is similar to the swimming of dolphins because the legs perform undulating movements, as opposed to the scissor movements of the crawl, for example.

 

For beginners, the most common difficulty is in returning the arms forward through the air. This requires coordination between the return of the arms and the second undulation of the legs.

 

And the legs themselves must be held together during the entire stroke. They must undulate, extending the movement of the upper body.

 

The upper body is also very much in demand, starting with the arms. Indeed, it is essential since it is the arms that exert the traction and thrust which propels the body forward.

 

Finally, breathing is the most important point. It can be done with each arm movement for distance or with every two or three strokes of the arms for speed, which requires even more relaxation and coordination. The hardest part for the beginner is to perform correct undulations in order to balance arm movements with breathing.

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