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Breaststroke - Playing with Rate

Posted by Glenn Mills on Jul 30, 2013 10:25AM

Learning better breaststroke sometimes means lengthening the stroke to the point where it becomes uncomfortable.

In this drill, we had access to the Endless Pool Elite.  The benefit of doing this drill in the Endless Pool is that the water speed is consistent through the entire process.  What we changed was the tempo, or rate, of the swimmer's stroke.  Using the FINIS Tempo Trainer Pro, we determined a comfortable rate for the water speed, and then pushed the tempo a bit slower and slower.

We took 10 to 15 strokes at each tempo, slowing the rate down by 5/100ths each time.  The rate went from 1.20 - 1.40, and then we turned the swimmer loose to play.  All tempos were at a constant water speed.

If you don't have an Endless Pool, stroke counting is one way to accomplish this, but it won't allow you the same fine details of play that this swimmer was able to have.

Archived Comments

Responded Jul 30, 2013 08:52PM

I don't understand the Tempo settings of 1.20 to 1.40. Please clarify for me. Tony

Responded Jul 30, 2013 08:54PM

1.2 seconds per stroke up to 1.4 seconds per stroke. You can adjust the Tempo Trainer in 1/100th increments, so we typically change it 5/100ths at a time. It's not much, until you start swimming.

Responded Jul 30, 2013 10:42PM

Thanks Glenn. That is 1.2 secs x 10 strokes for 25 metres equals 12 seconds for 25! Wow! Am I missing something?

Responded Jul 30, 2013 10:46PM

You're assuming the water speed is set at a rate that gets the swimmer to the other end in 12 seconds. The water speed in this test is irrelevant and nondescript. The most important thing about the water speed in this test is that it's consistent. Vary the rate based on a consistent water speed and you start to build an understanding of the complete stroke.

That make more sense? :)

Responded Aug 27, 2013 07:33PM

Can I ask what this swimmer's result was in terms of what rate ended up being most efficient? As you work with more swimmers in this environment, are you finding trends in stroke rates? We don't have access to an Endless Pool, but love playing with the Tempo Trainer.

Responded Sep 25, 2013 12:41PM

Different rates for different races. The race range for this swimmer is around 1.0.

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