Hi and welcome to SimplySwim.com. Today we're going to be looking at a
perfect butterfly model, so focusing on the head position, the arms, the
legs, and the body.
So taking a look at the butterfly body position, you want to aim to keep
the body as close to the water surface as possible, making the movement as
fluid and continuous as possible so water resistance is reduced.
The hips act as a pivot point on the body so when the upper body is up, the
hips are down slightly lower in the water.
When swimming butterfly, ideally the head goes down as the hips move up.
When you're ready to breathe, push the chin forward as you pull back with
your arms. Keep your head looking down but forward and reenter the head
into the water before the hands. Aim to breathe every other stroke as
breathing every stroke can lead to hyperventilation.
A strong upper body is essential for butterfly. You begin the stroke in
streamline and aim to pull your hands through towards your feet and not
down to the bottom of the pool. When the hands reach the thighs, lift the
arms out of the water, throwing them back over simultaneously. Keep your
arms slightly bent when doing this and ensure your palms are faced down.
Thumbs enter the water first and continue this as many times as necessary.
You need a strong and gentle kick for butterfly, keeping the legs together
but not touching. For consistent leg kick, kick down when the hands enter
the water, then down again when the hands leave.