Thursday, January 20, 2011

How to swim the butterfly stroke

Ever wonder how swimmers do the butterfly stroke? They whip their legs together and stroke with both arms simultaneously and symmetrically to dive and glide like a dolphin in the water. Here are a few steps to get you swimming like a pro.
Difficulty: Moderately Challenging


Things You'll Need:

  • Swimming Goggles
  • Swimsuits
  • Fins
  • Swimming Ear Plugs
  • Swimming Trunks
  • Swimming Caps
  • Swimming Nose Clip
  1. 1
    Hold your legs together and extend your arms above your head.
  2. 2
    Kick your legs up and down once in a whipping motion generating from the hips and bending at the knees, as if you were a dolphin.
  3. 3
    Pull both of your arms simultaneously and symmetrically through the water beneath your body along with the big kick, helping to propel your body forward and out of the water.
  4. 4
    Lift your head up and breathe as you quickly pull both arms out of the water and swing them forward. Head and arms reenter the water together in a diving motion.
  5. 5
    Glide momentarily, performing a smaller follow-up kick.
  6. 6
    Execute another pull-through motion with your arms, with your legs performing a full kick to propel you up and out again.

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