Not all of us are knowledgeable of the benefits of swimming particularly with the various strokes we’re using. Here’s a list to give you a little overview of the different swimming strokes and its benefits to your body.
Breaststroke. Whether or not you’re a professional swimmer, you have probably heard of this term before. And you may have unknowingly performed it in the water before, you just wasn’t aware of the term it’s called. Breaststroke is one of the the most popular swimming strokes above all.
Although not the exact form but ultimately similar, this is one of the first strokes that was taught to you by your mom/dad when you’re just starting to swim. Any guess? If you answered frog-like swimming style, you got it right.
Breaststroke, to demonstrate the style in words, uses a frog-like kick technique where you bend your knees kicking your legs out underneath the water. While your legs are kicking, your arms will then start to sweep in and out the water to your breast.
This swimming style is good for those who doesn’t like sipping their faces in the water often. You can have the option to either put your face down the water every stroke you perform or keep your head off the water.
- Great for beginners since it’s easy on the body.
- Since the stroke doesn’t get you far and fast, you exert more energy which makes it a good workout.
- Uses your triceps, chest, upper back, shoulders, butt and legs.
Front crawl. If you haven’t heard of this one, perhaps you’ve heard of the freestyle stroke? Front crawl is sometimes called the freestyle stroke since it’s the most preferred style by seasoned or freestyle event swimmers.
The front crawl or freestyle stroke uses flutter kicks. This is the favorite stroke of a vast majority of swimmers due to the speed it provides — it is the most efficient and fastest of all swimming strokes. Other factors to take important notes of when performing this style are: timing your breathing pattern with your stroke, keeping your body straight when performing the stroke for any lateral movements will slow you down and you have to kick hard to push yourself faster and further.
- Great for burning calories and maintaining weight.
- Uses your upper back, chest, abs, triceps and thighs muscles.
Backstroke. The backstroke is fairly similar to the front crawl and the primary difference is: you swim on your back; your lungs out in the open while your body lays beneath the water.
This style is less intensive as well than the front crawl and breaststroke. Similarly with the freestyle stroke, the backstroke also uses flutter kicks to travel through the water. You would also need to keep your posture aligned and horizontal as you pull your arms in circular motion through the water.
- Improves posture.
- Tightens core.
- Good for a complete lower body and core workout.
Butterfly. If you’re looking for another fast stroke, this should be your second choice after the freestyle. You might want to take the time to learn this technique for it is one of the hardest and at the same time, energy-consuming.
The style is also known as the dolphin-style technique since to perform the stroke, you’ll have to keep your feet together and kick through the water like how dolphins would.
- Burns a great amount of calories.
- Works out your shoulders and legs muscles.
Who knows maybe after reading this article and trying it yourself, you‘ll consider giving swimming a try as your physical exercise. More so, if you find yourself a coach to improve your swimming skills, you might enjoy joining in competitions of your liking.
So what are you waiting for? Grab your bathing suit, swimming cap, goggles and other swimming essentials then go straight to the nearest pool! Try out these strokes and observe the changes and how it makes you feel.
About Chie Suarez
When you can’t find her watching the latest films in the cinemas eating popcorn, she’s probably writing for SWIMSHOP UK — the Europe’s premier swim specialist. They are both recognised nationally and internationally for providing the essentials for every swimmers of all levels.