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    In regards to coupling the breaststroke kick with head and upper body hitting water, when does the swimmer lift the heals/bend knees to set up the surface area of the kick so they can punch it back at the right time?And, where are the arms during the pull cycle when setting up the kick? Its difficult for me to see the timing of that.

  • Timing and Breaststroke kick

    Gary updated 3 days, 5 hours ago 2 Members · 3 Replies
  • Sandra

    June 22, 2022 at 10:40 AM

    I think I found the answer in Fundamentals of Fast Swimming book🤔. For the timing of kick cycle pay attention to shoulder and back elevation. At highest point, when velocity is approaching zero, draw the legs forward /heels up and into a fast kick cycle. I think looking at the arm stroke to time the kick.confused me. Using shoulders and back elevation makes it easier to figure out kick timing.

  • Gary

    June 24, 2022 at 3:01 PM

    Yes…I agree. Sometimes by simply taking a different focus on the same issue, we find the answer.

  • Gary

    June 24, 2022 at 3:05 PM

    Sandra, we are finding quite a variability in the kick cycle time among swimmers. Once the hands complete the propulsion phase (which is very short), it is a race to get the legs into peak propulsion. That occurs when the feet are over half way back on the extension. From peak velocity from the pull to peak velocity from the kick is the KCT. Having a KCT near .5 seconds enables a swimmer to achieve a higher stroke rate and couple better with the upper body and head coming down.