4/15/04 Breaststroke Timing Drill
Demonstrated by Ed Moses,
This is an advanced breaststroke drill, performed with only one arm and one leg.
The drill will force you to use the proper timing of
“Pull-Breathe-Kick-Stretch”. If you are not using the correct stroke timing –
for example, you are not stretching long enough -- you will receive immediate
feedback from the stroke and go nowhere.
Begin the drill by holding your left foot with your right hand (or vice versa).
Always begin a new stroke cycle in a streamline position, with your left arm
extended out in front of you and your right leg straight. Pull as close to your
normal pull pattern as possible. As you begin the insweep phase of the stroke,
lift your head to breathe. During the breath, bend your kicking leg, bringing
the heel of your foot toward your hip. During the power phase of the kick,
place your head back down into the water, and straighten your leg into your
The timing of the stroke is a fundamental skill common of all successful
breaststrokers. You will find this drill to be almost impossible to perform
without proper timing.