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Breaststroke Kinesics:Muscles used in Breaststroke

[caption id="attachment_474" align="alignright" width="300"] Breaststroke pulls[/caption] The muscles and muscle groups worked in the breaststroke At Swimaholics, we understand that for most of us, swimming well is not an end itself, but is part of a larger effort towards a healthier lifestyle. If like me you want to know which muscles really do the work when you are swimming, this post is for you. It will cover the upper body muscles recruited during the breaststroke. The piece is a bit technical but I’m sure you can go through some muscle lingo for some minutes. Understanding the muscles groups you use during a swim will help you to improve your stroke as well as help you in planning your exercise schedule. The breaststroke requires accurate coordination between the muscles of the arms and upper body, and those in the lower limbs. While many of the major muscles in the body are used in the stroke, several specific ones are used in propelling the body forward. [caption id="attachment_475" align="alignright" width="648"] Breaststroke muscles. From sportsarena.com[/caption]

Upper Body muscles

Latissimus dorsi

The latissimus dorsi (lats) are the muscles running from the upper back to the middle that are flexed when you push your hands together at the front. Bringing the hands together below your chest as you prepare to glide in water activates these muscles especially if you push against a lot of water. The lats are important for a good pull as they prepare the triceps to pull. The lats are therefore used from the time of entry into water as you glide till when you prepare to pull. Relaxing the lats by pushing the head down with hands together, above the ears during the glide allows you to continuously relax and stretch the lat muscles for a good work out. [caption id="attachment_476" align="alignright" width="518"] Breaststroke pulls[/caption]   Triceps The triceps brachii (commonly triceps), take over the work at the catch phase. Triceps are the muscles at the back of the upper arm opposite the biceps. During the catch, these muscles are pulled and relaxed at the in-sweep. However, the work done is quite minimal per pull. Pectoral muscles (more…)

By Swimaholic001, ago
Swimming

Breaststroke 102: Arm Movement

Breaststroke 102: Arm movement In breaststroke 101, we covered the movement of the legs, a sweeping motion that propels the body. In this second part, we’ll look at arm action in breaststroke. To recap on the last lesson, the movement of the legs and arms in alternation allows smooth streamline Read more…

By Swimaholic001, ago
Swimming

How to Swim: Breast stroke 101

Breast stroke 101 To learn the breaststroke, understanding how the body moves is key. This post covers the body positioning and whip kick action of the breaststroke. Check out for the second part on arm motion, breathing and coordination. Being the oldest of the modern swimming strokes, breaststroke can be Read more…

By Swimaholic001, ago
Swimming

How to Swim: Floating

Among the first things you’ll be taught in your swimming lessons is how to float. Once you learn how to float, you can learn any swimming style easily. This post is part of the how to swim series, and explains the science in floating. Although our bodies may not naturally Read more…

By Swimaholic001, ago
Life and style

How to Swim

Most places I have introduced myself as a swimming instructor, there is always a meek approach by a normally loud extrovert who confides how they have never swum before. Almost always, the individual is not interested in lessons, but rather in a few notes they can cram and try in Read more…

By Swimaholic001, ago
Swimming

For your first time.

You have never swam before but due to some inspiration from the new year, or a moving Monday-morning motivational quote mandating you to get over your fears, you decide it’s time. Before you head out and risk remembering you didn’t bring a swimming costume, here’s a quick checklist for you. Read more…

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