The freestyle stroke is one of the most popular strokes amongst swimmers by far. It can be the fastest stroke, as well as an energy saving strokes depending on your style. It is a total body workout combining your arms, core, and legs equally. The freestyle stroke is the number one stroke used in races like triathlons, the ironman, and the Olympics. The reason is because it’s the perfect all around stroke for swimmers of all ages, goals, and experience levels.
Push and glide off the wall and get yourself into a streamlined position with your entire body extended, arms straight forward held together, hands overlapped, head facing down, body flat, legs tightly knit together. Glide in this position for as long as you can.
Begin kicking by using what’s called the flutter kick. Avoid bending your knee. Kick with the power created by your thighs and hips. Keep your toes pointed straight.
The catch is the part where you grab a hold of the water and push it down past you to push yourself forward. This is where most of your power is generated. Keep one arm straight forward and use the other arm to “catch” the water. Hand slightly curved. Slightly roll your body in the direction of the arm that is catching to create more power.
Continue pushing your hand throughout the stroke. Close to your body. Elbow high. Allow your hand to exit the water by your hip with arm following. Creating an “hourglass” figure with your arm. This naturally allows you to roll your body at which point your head turns, not lifts, enough to breathe. Throw your hand out of the water in an upward circular motion and allow it to enter the water, fingers pointed, extending your arm fully once it’s in the water back to the streamline position, following through to another stroke using the opposite arm. Keep a constant rhythm with the flutter kick, ankles relaxed, toes pointed, power being generated with your thighs and hips.
Tips And Tricks For Swimming The Perfect Freestyle
- Keep your head pointed A major mistake is keeping your head faced up when it should be directly face down looking at the bottom of the pool. Keeping your head up causes your feet to
- Arms scooping one big circle in the water results in an inefficient stroke and waste of energy
- Maintain a High elbow recover
- Do not have a wide arm recovery. Keep a compact recovery with your arm close to the water
- Overreaching at the end of the arm recovery is not only bad for your shoulders but bad for your stroke. Your hand should enter the water between where your head is and where your hand is when your arm is fully
- Don’t allow your hand to arc on the You should straighten your arm once it hits the water before starting the stroke again
- Kick using the power from your thighs, not your feet