Fast Swimming Techniques: Butterfly Body Position

In this first of five webisodes on how to swim fast butterfly, Gary Hall Sr. discusses butterfly body position and how it correlates to a strong kick and a low driving breath. Body position is key to swimming fast in this short axis stroke. What is the best body position to have while swimming butterfly? How often should one breathe? We discuss the science that will enhance your own swimming training program in this first of five swimming technique videos from the Race Club. Not only get great tips on how to swim butterfly fast, but understand why we teach what we do and the science behind our philosophy.

Featuring footage from “Life is Worth Swimming” our newest DVD Starring Bobby Savulich and George Bovell III available in our store.

Thanks for watching!

9 Responses to Fast Swimming Techniques: Butterfly Body Position

  1. H. STRINGER

    THANKS FOR THE TIPS ON BUTTERFLY. I DO LIFT MY HEAD AND SHOULDERS WAY TOO MUCH AND DON T GET MUCH SPEED IN THAT STROKE. I BREATHE EVERY STROKE.

     
  2. Jim Munro

    Thanks Gary. I’ll try the fly tips. have recently added 10 50’s fly on the 1:30
    (too hard to do ’em on the 1:00!) to my workouts and probably need to be flatter…

     
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  4. horacio luis lopez

    Me interesa mucho su explicación pero no hablo
    ingles. Trato de entenderlo por lo que veo.
    De todas manera muchisimas gracias por su apor=
    te ya que para mí es muy valioso.

     
    • garyhallsr

      Es todo nuestro placer. Comunicamos en espanol, si vienes a un camp o para instrucion.

       
  5. William

    Hey Gary, I average around 14-15 seconds during 25s of fly and swim 15m underwater. I’m never able to break the 14 second barrier. I’m trying to improve my 100 fly time, and I can’t maintain the 14 second per 25. I breathe every other stroke, any tips? Thanks.

     
    • garyhallsr

      It may be your stroke rate. In the 100 you should keep it around 55 strokes per minute. Use the tempo trainer in practice (you can order on our site). It could also be that your legs are not fit enough to maintain two hard down kicks per cycle for all 100. Work on your kick…it is so important in fly

       
  6. opemipo

    Great video. I just wanted to know what is a butterfly sprinters greatest problem

     
    • garyhallsr

      In a fly sprint (50 meters), you want to take as few breaths as possible (0-1). The other imporrtant factors are high stroke rate 60-70, and strong kick.

       

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