The butterfly stroke is possibly the most exhausting stroke out of all of them. It requires the most energy because the swimmer uses his entire body, both arms, and legs to power them through the water using very unnatural movements. This is also why it has a high risk of injury. The unnatural movements combined with the strength required can cause beginners to get hurt. It is not a good stroke to teach beginners because of the strength required and the difficulty to perform the stroke. Once learned, however, it is a very powerful and fast stroke that is often used in competitions.
Start with your body in a Y position, with your arms extended outwards and extended from each other, while your legs and feet are straight. Bring your arms backwards and downwards to pull the water behind you.
Push your head and chest down to start the body roll, slightly bending your knees. When your feet reach the surface, push them down, point your toes, and extend, pushing your chest back up and repeating. Imagine a dolphin, caterpillar, or wave.
Swing your arms up above the water to the sides. Slide your fingertips above the surface of the water. Keep your chin close to the surface. Allow your hands to return back to the starting point of entry.
Tips And Tricks For Swimming The Perfect Butterfly
- Not having enough power to swing both arms out of the water at the same time
- It is normal to want to look forward when you bring your head out of the water to breathe, but you should keep your head down face looking towards the bottom, relax your neck
- Roll your body as much as you Exaggerate it. This will be where most of your power comes from along with the dolphin kick
- Point your thumbs Keeping them forward exposes the pits of your elbows, making it difficult to bend your arms and risking possible injury
- Remember to use the dolphin kick and not the flutter kick
- Your head should be straight head or down when breathing, not turning left or right
- Breathe early, as your arms begin to exit the water, tuck your head back into the water