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The Breaststroke

The breaststroke involves exquisite timing, and in fact, you can be disqualified from competition if you miss even one stroke. The stroke involves form that causes your body to bob up and down as you glide forward through the water. This is a difficult  stroke and not one to choose if you're just learning how to swim. The basics are that your arms pull, you breathe, you kick (arms alternate with the kick), and you glide. 
The breaststroke to analyse is, like butterfly, controlled by the efficient timing of the leg kick and arm cycle in order to give  the most effective end result - a faster swim! The arm cycle is as follows:
Reach & Glide 
Both hands, thumbs together, reach forward, fully extending the arm at the elbow (the leg kick starts to push back to continue the forward movement) - the arms will stay in this position until the kick is completed by the feet touching
Out Sweep 
The hands rotate laterally, cupped to catch the water, and press laterally with slight flexion of the arm at the elbow
In Sweep 
The arms continue to flex at the elbow as the press on the water is now turned medially towards the chest (the legs flex at  the knee and hips to prepare for the kick)
Recovery 
Once at the chest, the hands meet in the centre, elbows flexed close to the chest to reduce drag, and recover together over  the water at the beginning, but then dive in to the reach and glide. 

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