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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