Kicking It with Boilermaker Aquatics
If you’re a recreational or competitive swimmer, learning to kick faster will increase your speed and performance tremendously.
See, swimmers use all four of their limbs to propel themselves through the water. This allows them to be more efficient than other athletes. Scientists have found that swimmers are approximately 40% more efficient than the top 100 meter runners!
Swimmers also use the water to help them move their bodies forward by “pushing” the water with their hands and arms in addition to using their legs. This can give their total body workouts in as little as 20 minutes.
It’s generally believed that a swimmer’s kick is the one they spend most time working on because it’s relatively easy to do for a long period of time, it’s an energy burner, and it adds noticeable value.
There are a lot of things we can do to improve our kicking power, which is basically about having good swimming technique, but today we’ll focus on working the Gluteus Maximus muscle, the largest muscle in our bodies.
As you know, to kick faster you’ve got to kick harder. and this means more power out of your glutes.
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The stronger your kick, the faster and farther you can swim. Whether you’re training for a triathlon or looking to shave valuable seconds off of your butterfly stroke, a powerful kick is a necessity.
From the crawl stroke to the butterfly, every stroke relies on leg power. The trick is to learn how to make each stroke faster. Your kick is where you gain that extra edge you need to come out ahead of your competition.
In this blog post, we’ll take a look at a few different ways to supercharge your kick. Whether you’re performing your own workouts at home or having a professional coach demonstrate the techniques, you too can build a faster kick.