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...

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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