PVC Technical Strategy 48

500 Near-Perfect Breaststroke

Your mission this week is to swim a total of 500 yards or meters of near-perfect breaststroke technique (every practice) for the next six days. It can include the breaststroke performed in your daily warm-up, main sets, or warm-down. And you don’t have to do all of the yardage in a row. Instead, pick your spots throughout the practice. 

As a PEAK PVC swimmer, challenge yourself to apply as many PEAK techniques as possible. These include: 

  • Tight 7-Squeeze Position between strokes. 
  • Head-Down-Head-Position with the eyes looking straight down at the bottom of the pool.
  • Straight Arm Outward Sweep beyond shoulder width.
  • An accelerating high elbow inward scull. 
  • Shallow, fast shoot back to the 7-Squeeze Position.
  • Late breath timed with the inward scull.
  • Elevator Arms Breathing, where the inward sculling arms raise the upper body for a breath.
  • Shoot Fast Breathing, where the downward breath moves as fast as the shooting arms.
  • Narrow Knee Recovery, where the feet and legs remain within shoulder width. 
  • East-West Feet, where the feet turn entirely outward before the Kick Back Phase.
  • Snap Back Finish, where the feet snap together at the end of the kick.
  • Toe Point Finish, where the feet point backward as the legs come together.
  • Inline Body Position, where the back of the hands, head, legs, and soles of the feet form a straight line during the streamline phase.  

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