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Streamline Breakout Importance And Easy Technique
Streamlines are the most important part of swimming because it’s what you do of every wall on every stroke. Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Freestyle, it doesn’t matter what you are swimming, you streamline off every wall! The reason we do that is that it’s the fastest part of swimming. It’s what you do when you push off a wall or dive into the water which is the fastest you can move under your own power.
What is Streamline Break-Out?
Breakouts are the first couple of steps you take after your streamline. It is very important to have a good breakout technique because they make a lot of in your speed. Your Breakout and its speed of it determine your speed and velocity for the rest of the lap. As you already know that streamlining is the fastest part of swimming and your objective here is to maintain that speed by doing the correct breakouts.
Don’t look forward and Tighten Up Your Arms!
As you can see in the image above, Jack is looking forward and his hands are not tight enough. This is a common mistake made by a lot of beginners. New swimmers usually think that they need to see in front of them to go straight which is completely wrong! Not only you are stressing your neck but also you create a lot of resistance with the water. Always remember to create minimal resistance with the water to swim fast and more efficiently.
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Correct Streamline Body Position
The most important part of streamlining is to have a tight body position which is shown in the image above. You need to be as hydro-dynamic as possible for that fastest push off the wall. The streamlined position consists of a person placing a hand over hand, fingers over fingers, and raising their arms above their head so the biceps are tucked close to the ears. Pinching the shoulder blades together is helpful in aligning the spine to straighten out the back. Legs should be tight and feet should be pointed.
Keep Your Head Down During Breakout!
Another common mistake done by new swimmers is to look up or forward during the initial breakout. This will completely break your momentum in the water. Our objective is to maintain the speed and the velocity we gained during the streamline underwater. Keep your head down so you avoid the water splashing on your face! It is like applying breaks at full speed.
That first stroke is key. Keep your head tucked and streamlined for the first couple of strokes, and explode to the surface.
Watch the following video to improve your streamlined breakouts.