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Other Swimming Strokes For Triathlon | Add Butterfly, Backstroke & Breaststroke To Your Tri Plan!

Freestyle is the obvious choice of swim stroke for virtually every triathlete when we enter a race, and that is most commonly the case when we head to the pool for our swim sessions too. But why not give Backstroke, Breaststroke & Butterfly to your next swim session? Here’s Mark to explain more!

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Let’s face it, freestyle is the obvious choice of swim stroke for virtually every triathlete when we enter a race, and that is most commonly the case when we head to the pool for our swim sessions too.

However, there are three other swim strokes available as an alternative option during our swim training … and there are a number of advantages to them. So Mark is here to discuss why you should think about including them in your triathlon training and how you might go about that.

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Comments (8)

Always do 400 IM at the end of a session doing all 4 strokes.

I still do IMs, although I do the butterflop instead.

I’m wondering – how common is it to not learn breast stroke as the first stroke when you learn basic swimming as a kid? Bc where I live, if you can swim, there’s no way to be “new to breast stroke”. Are we weird in Austria and Germany for learning breast stroke first?

Freestyle is not a stroke. It’s a race where you can do any stroke you want. Everyone does the front crawl stroke because it’s the fastest.

For the younger generation I teach, all four strokes are important for them to learn.

As we get in the age groupers the difficulty raises from all the strokes Backstroke is the most hated I found.
Learning the Butterfly is brilliant but yes the most exhasuting. But just doing a few meters followed by Freestyle/Front Crawl improves the stroke

The main benefit of fly (and to a lesser degree, breast) is core strengthening. To swim free quickly, you need a tight core, but I’ve seen people swim free with a distended stomach. Front crawl doesn’t develop the core.

People see fly and think it’s a shoulder stroke. To do it well, you press the chest low, kick the hips high, and let buoyancy help you get a breath. That really works the core. People who use shoulders, rather than core end up doing strugglefly as they sink lower each stroke. In the meantime, fly exercises the triceps at the end of the arm stroke, which benefits a strong crawl. Makes for a good interval training stroke too as it easily gets the heart rate up.

So… learn fly well, use the core rather than just shoulders, and become a faster freestyler.

I love backstroke, you can breathe as much as you want.

doggy paddle?

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