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Flutter Kick Swim Instruction (freestyle & backstroke kick technique) #swimlesson #flutterkick

Flutter Kick Swim Instruction (freestyle & backstroke kick technique) #swimlesson #flutterkick


You want to make sure that you have floppy feet Now sometimes you’ll run into swimmers
who have flexed feet and they’ll be stiff and
they’ll be kicking like this in the water What you want is to have long feet, you want
to have floppy feet on the end so they’re catching the water
and forcing it backwards A lot of times you’ll find kids that kick way too big. They’ll use that old
soccer style approach having the full swing like kicking a football
or something They think the bigger they kick the more powerful, which means that
they’re going to go faster That is actually not the case. Now a way to shorten up the swimmer’s kick Here’s a little trick. Tell the swimmer
not to kick any wider than their hips–by putting
their hands on their hips raising them up, turning them this way, and then they should be able to kick now the reason that’s so effective
is because it gives the swimmer something to visualize when they’re in
the water they may not be able to respond properly
if you just say kick bigger or kick smaller. But if they can think ‘I’m
trying to kick within the width of my hips’ than it usually gives them a range, a limit
that they’re trying to keep within and it’ll help them to develop a short
in fast kick rather than a BIG and SLOW kick
which might be so big that it’s slowing down their kick Now a pattern means that you have a constant, consistent repetition within the
kick sometimes you’ll see swimmers, with
flutter kick especially, do a few kicks and then they
will stop or pause or do a few kicks and let one big crazy
kick flop in there and it interrupts the continuous
motion, momentum, and speed within the
stroke. So you want to make sure that you have a consistent kick Now the easiest way that I have
found is to have the swimmers count it. The most common
patterns that you’ll find in competitive swimming are usually the 6 beat or the 8 beat
approach and that means for every full arm stroke you’re going to kick either
6 or 8 times That’s 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Now when you’re teaching swimmers this skill Sometimes they’ll count to 6 and then they’ll pause and then they’ll start again 123456 pause 123456 but make sure that you emphasize to them
that it is a continuous kicking and that they’re counting to 6 but there
is no pause in between the six or eight beats whatever they’re doing You don’t want your foot to actually break
the surface on the flutter kick. You don’t want it to come above the surface of the water. You want
your kick to be churning fast but you want it to
stay below the surface Now it may appear if you’re watching some
swimmers that their foot is coming up but they will have a cusp of water
that’s over top of their feet they’re just really hanging close to the surface and
that’s fine as long as your foot doesn’t actually
physically break the surface of the water and you’re
kicking continuously against water then you’re gonna generate the most
thrust from the kick

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