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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…)

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Swimming

Breaststroke 104: Coordination

The last article in this series introduced breathing in breaststroke, especially the drill on inhaling through the mouth and out the nose. When swimming the breaststroke, the swimmer may choose to keep the head raised above water, a point that most leisure swimmers consider crucial to their swimming experience. This post Read more…

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Swimming

Breaststroke 103: Breathing

In this lesson, we close up on the breaststroke basics, taking up from the last lesson where we covered arm action, this part will introduce the breathing technique in breaststroke. For any person who has learnt how to swim any stroke, breathing is a critical stage in this learning process, 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…

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Life and style

Swimming in Music

Few things in God’s big beautiful world can claim the soft spot that music holds in our lives. Our feelings, thoughts, moods and emotions are reflected in the music we listen to and in it, the beauty of the world is made apparent. Notes, voices and instrumentation of music, even Read more…

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Swimming

How to swim: Breathing

  If you take up any of our swimming lessons, you will realize that we put a lot of emphasis on proper breathing. If you are going to learn how to swim well, a big part of the training will involve re-learning how you breathe. Just like any mechanical engine, Read more…

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Life and style

Lifestyle Diseases In Kenya

Did you know that according to WHO, (external link), more than 30% of us are at risk of premature death due to physical inactivity and poor dieting? Lifestyle concerns itself with a people’s way of living. How we live our lives reflects on our health and well-being. A ‘healthy’ lifestyle portends Read more…

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