Fast Swimming Techniques – Freestyle Flip Turn – The Push Off and Breakout

In the final Fast Swimming Techniques Video on the Freestyle Flip Turn, Gary Hall Sr. talks about The Push Off and Breakout. Learn the fastest swimming techniques as well as mistakes to avoid during the Push Off and Breakout. A lot of Swimmers form bad habits especially training in crowded lanes where the Push Off and Breakout are rarely executed with speed and precision yet this is the most critical part of a Race! Don’t take for granted the speed that is generated off the wall and thanks for watching!

Fast Freestyle Flip Turn Video Series; Part I: The ApproachPart II: The FlipPart III: The Pushoff and Breakout

10 Responses to Fast Swimming Techniques – Freestyle Flip Turn – The Push Off and Breakout

  1. Rich Abrahams

    Gary, love everything in these videos. One thing I’ve heard mentioned and have incorporated in the breakout is timing the catch on the first stroke with the last downward beat of the underwater dolphin and beginning the flutter kick with zero hesitation after the last dolphin.
    Rich A. in Denver

     
    • Gary Hall Sr.

      Rich, you are absolutely right. Any hesitation or delayed transition into flutter kick from dolphin will result in a slowing down and not allow for an explosive breakout. Having a strong sustained kick is a key to fast underwater and a great transition to breakout.

      Gary Sr.

       
  2. Clark L.

    Thank you for these outstanding stroke technique tutorials! Super clear. As one who really wants to focus on improving my technique, I’m very appreciative. All the best!

     
  3. Jesus Salcedo

    Gary, Thank you so much for the clear perspective of the turn, and the concepts of holding speed. I have one question, I have toying with the concepts of holding speed from the turn to the breakout and the initiation of the dolphin kick.
    Should swimmers delay the initiation of the dolphin? If so how long? Or should swimmer begin their kick immediately?
    Thank for the help,
    Jesus Salcedo, CA

     
    • Gary Hall Sr.

      The length of the delay in starting the dolphin kick after the push off the wall depends on the size of the swimmer (mass) and the force off the wall (strength). It also depends on the swimmer’s shape (streamline). A bigger, stronger swimmer with a good streamline should wait longer than a smaller swimmer. In general, swimmers error more on waiting too long to initiate the first kick than kicking too early. Even with a great streamline the speed of the body decelerates rapidly in water. Start your first kick very soon after your feet leave the wall.

       
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