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Maximizing the Breaststroke pullout

Whenever swimming breaststroke in training, it is vital that swimmers work on maximising the breaststroke pullout for the following two reasons:

Getting the most speed and distance off the wall after a dive or turn

Learning to cope with the oxygen debt that occurs when performing turns and pullouts in races

The following video really highlights some excellent features of the breaststroke pullout.

There are three things I would like to emphasize:

  1. The streamline from the dive or turn, prior to performing the pull. A tight streamline with one hand on top of the other.
  2. The use of one dolphin kick during the pullout as long as it occurs before the first breaststroke kick. I encourage swimmers to use this kick just before starting the underwater pull. As the FINA rule states: “SW 7.1 After the start and after each turn, the swimmer may take one arm stroke completely back to the legs during which the swimmer may be submerged. At any time prior to the first Breaststroke kick after the start and after each turn a single butterfly kick is permitted.”
  3. The pull through to the point the hands are left by the sides of the swimmer, really emphasizing the finish of the pull to get maximum propulsion and surge forwards.

photo credit: cristi alexe swimming, 2012 via photopin (license)

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Richard is currently Secondary School Principal of Suzhou Singapore International School, one of China's leading international schools. He leads workshops across the Asia-Pacific region for the International Baccalaureate in the areas of pedagogical leadership and approaches to teaching and learning. Richard consults with schools on the topics of school improvement and effective implementation and use of technology.

With a background in public and independent school education in the UK and Australia, Richard is enjoying his international school adventure in China. He is passionate about developing and supporting educational leaders, as it is essential to improving all schools.

Richard is a proud family man and feels lucky to be married to Kim and father of their son Austin.

In his spare time Richard enjoys to swim, bike and run and is a now retired football player and coach (with occasional guest appearances)

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