How to increase speed in backstroke?

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Posted Aug 07, 2007 04:05PM

More precisely I mean how to swim the same distance in the *least* number of strokes. I must not be kicking correctly: I need 40 strokes across 25 meters :( So how should one kick? Also, I heard that after hands enter the water, they should first press down than raise; why could doing so increase speed? Thanks.

Posted Aug 08, 2007 04:55PM

Rollover onto your stomach.

That's what I would do.

:-)

Posted Aug 08, 2007 06:03PM

Alright :) but...before rolling over...

Should the head be like sleeping without a pillow, or should it raise a bit looking slightly toward the direction of the feet rather than directly upward?

Posted Aug 09, 2007 12:20AM

Depends on your buoyancy..

You want to have your head/body position make you float in a line(STREAMLINE haha). and not make your legs/arms do any work really to get your body there.

For me I go with shoulders deep and my head cocked forward. I heard this somewhere before but eyes looking up right above where your toes are... if that makes sense( I believe a lenny k. comment)
I'll find a picture and post it after this..

Some people if your not really HEAVY can achieve a great body position with their head cocked a bit shoulders pretty deep lungs full of air and hips just on the surface water like a picture frame around the face, and a slight kick to provide some FORWARD propulsion. I find that if your not skilled in buoyancy you can drop a large chunk of time in backstroke events. Another skill is maintaining buoyancy while rolling the body ;)

Posted Aug 09, 2007 12:26AM

Not the best picture for everything.
But imagine this guy just laying there floating and how he balanced his body around his lungs...
http://swim.ee/models/back_swim1_files/models_18284_image022.jpg

To make sure every ounce of energy he expends propels him forward..

Posted Aug 09, 2007 09:06AM

Just to have a reference, ddld,

how many strokes do you need if you swim crawl?

Posted Aug 10, 2007 10:08PM

Thanks for the replies. JZ: For backstroke across 25m, I need a mighty 38 strokes--my best record made today :( I tried to kick more frequently but to no avail, and still was tired. I saw others backstroking like effortless. I thought my position was quite alright, straight, etc.. Either looking up or slightly toward toe. I really don't know what I need to correct/improve. :(



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