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Breaststroke - Butt Head

Posted by Glenn Mills on Jun 17, 2008 07:10AM

To celebrate the birthday of my son and daughter, plus Father's Day, I put together this drill with my daughter.  While it's an old and standard drill, we gave it a more youthful and edgy name to encourage the kids to think about technique as FUN.  We hope you're not offended but, if you are, think of it as finally an honest description to what this drill has been all along.

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Why Do It:
Butt Head is a simple way to think about exactly which part of your body you'd like to be showing at certain times in the stroke when you're working on body movement and timing.  This drill encourages good body undulation as well as maintaining proper timing.

How to Do It:
1.  You can do this drill with or without fins.  It starts with a small breaststroke pull with a dolphin kick.  While doing this, repeat to yourself either BUTT or HEAD depending on which part of your body is above the water.  Say it with me now... butt... head... butt... head... very good.
2.  Take 2 to 3 strokes, making sure you maintain constant rhythm (which is why we used the Swimp3 player) with the dolphin kick.
3.  After the 2nd or 3rd stroke, take a full stroke of breaststroke along with a full kick, only...
4.  Don't allow the full stroke or kick to slow or disrupt your rhythm.

How to Do It Really Well (the Fine Points):
Don't go too deep when trying to show off your butt.  Stay a bit more shallow, making sure your head is close to the surface.  Experiment with various rhythms, and various counts... for example, do 2, 3, or 4 BUTT HEADS prior to taking your full stroke of breaststroke.  The key focus is to maintain your rhythm when the full stroke comes around.

Have a good time, and even if you don't get a lot out of the drill, you'll at least get a good laugh.  

Archived Comments

Responded Jun 18, 2008 11:46AM

Will try this have, been thinking of ways to get my daughters butt up, so will add it to some other experiments I'm going to use. Cheers

Responded Aug 04, 2008 06:58PM

Yep... this will work for fly as well. Tell the 9 year old boys it was put together by a 46 year old boy. ;)

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