How To Do Butterfly Stroke

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Always wanted to know how to do butterfly stroke?  Maybe you can swim butterfly already but you find butterfly swimming technique exhausting?   

Either way, you have come to the right place!  

I have taken butterfly swimming technique and broken it down into its separate parts.  That way, you will have a clear picture of what each part of your body should be doing at each point during the stroke. 

Butterfly Stroke Swimming Technique Video

The butterfly technique video below explains each part of the stroke and what your body should be doing as you swim.  

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How To Do Butterfly Stroke - 12 Essential Parts

1.  As the body undulates, the swimmer maintains a stretched and streamlined position, lead by the head.

2.  The shoulders remain horizontal as the movement flows smoothly.

Butterfly swimming stroke body movement for beginners

3.  The kick is simultaneous, rhythmical and powerful, remaining within the body width.

4.  The knees bend and provide a powerful downbeat whip like action, with toes pointed and ankles relaxed.

Butterfly leg kick technique for beginners

5.  The simultaneous arm action begins with the hands entering the water, thumb and index finger first.  

6.  The hands press outwards and downwards in a powerful S shape pathway towards the hips where they exit the water.

7.  The arms are then thrown over the water ready to enter again, gaining maximum reach per stroke as they do so.

Butterfly swimming arm technique for beginners

8.  Breathing should take place every stroke or every other stroke depending on the ability of the swimmer.

9.  The swimmer exhales explosively as the head rises and then inhales quickly as the arms exit and the chin is clear of the water. 

Butterfly swimming stroke breathing technique

10.  The timing and coordination follows a sequence of 'kick, pull, kick, recover'. 

11.  One kick supports the upward movement as the swimmers arms pull and the head rises to breathe.

12.  The second kick assists the undulation and propulsion as the arms recover.

Butterfly stroke timing and coordination

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