leg propulsion in freestyle

leg propulsion in freestyle

Post by Wing La » Thu, 30 May 1996 04:00:00


Does leg propulsion make much difference in freestyle?

Some suggest its not that important, and for some, its only a means of
balance.

Any comment?

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leg propulsion in freestyle

Post by Rob McMull » Thu, 30 May 1996 04:00:00



Quote:
>Does leg propulsion make much difference in freestyle?

>Some suggest its not that important, and for some, its only a means of
>balance.

It really depends on what distance you are racing.  Legs are very important
in sprints for propulsion, but are more for keeping good body position in
the longer distances.

Leg power is not nearly as efficient as the armstroke, so it is just not
possible to kick all-out for an entire 500, say.  In distance racing, you
should really save your legs for the final sprint, when at that point you
don't care what your speed costs.

So if you are a sprinter, your kick should be a significant portion of your
total power.  For me, it seems that my kick is my entire stroke, and my arms
are just flailing attachments. :)

Rob
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leg propulsion in freestyle

Post by RHBei » Thu, 30 May 1996 04:00:00

For me, it is not so much the legs that are important as it is the hips.
If you thrust forward as you roll your hips it really moves you through
the water.  For me, a strong kick is only important in 50 and 100 yd
races.

 
 
 

leg propulsion in freestyle

Post by David Swarbric » Fri, 31 May 1996 04:00:00



] Does leg propulsion make much difference in freestyle?
]
] Some suggest its not that important, and for some, its only a means of
] balance.

Sad to say it depends how hard you kick and how well.

Over short distances (and if you miss a turn!!) it can make a big difference,
but will soon get you puffed.

The longer therace, the less people rely on a kick to assist.  Personally
I wish they had races for kicking only - I could win those.

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leg propulsion in freestyle

Post by Michael Collin » Sat, 01 Jun 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

>Does leg propulsion make much difference in freestyle?

I think having a strong kick is least important in Freestyle, compared to
the other competitive strokes. Horizontal body balance can be reached
without using the legs much at all  (which burn lot's of energy due to the
size of the muscles), by pressing the "bouy" or chest cavity and head into
the water at all times, so that the hips and head remain on an even
horizontal line. Most swimmers try to carry their head much higher than
their hips and must use the legs very heavily to support it.  

The kick has another use besides propulsion and that is to assist in body
rotation, thus making the body slimmer in the water. I would put this as
first priority in why to kick and secondly into trying for more propulsion.

Still the majority  of top Freestylers in the world are MIGHTY fast kickers,
so you can't say it's totally unimportant. But if you don't have some pretty
amazing ankle flexibility you will never get much forward propulsion out
of kicking in Freestyle.

Swimmingly,

Coach Michael Collins
Davis Aquatic Masters, CA

 
 
 

leg propulsion in freestyle

Post by Bill Youn » Sat, 01 Jun 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

>Does leg propulsion make much difference in freestyle?

>Some suggest its not that important, and for some, its only a means of
>balance.

>Any comment?

>--

>Dr. Wing Lam
>Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre
>University of York
>Heslington
>York Y01 5DD
>UK

>Fax: +44 01904 432708
>Tel: +44 01904 433387

I've been told time and again by my coach that leg propulsion is
important.  I've experianced time and again that kicking hard helps a
sprint race, and that a steady 2-4 beat kick in a distance event,
especially at the end, can give you an edge.  Although I would tend to
agree that legs are more important in a sprint event as far as
propulsion goes, I also find it more than necessary to kick and
maintain a good kick for reasons of flotation.  If I don't kick, or
propell with my legs, I have aprox. 30-35 pounds of dead weight on and
including my butt.  Who the heck wants to swim like that?  The kick is
an important and vital part of a good, strng technical stroke and any
winning race.

Amanda

 
 
 

leg propulsion in freestyle

Post by Anthony Zemanovi » Mon, 03 Jun 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

>>Does leg propulsion make much difference in freestyle?

> I think having a strong kick is least important in Freestyle, compared to
> the other competitive strokes. Horizontal body balance can be reached
> without using the legs much at all  (which burn lot's of energy due to the
> size of the muscles), by pressing the "bouy" or chest cavity and head into
> the water at all times, so that the hips and head remain on an even
> horizontal line. Most swimmers try to carry their head much higher than
> their hips and must use the legs very heavily to support it.  

> The kick has another use besides propulsion and that is to assist in body
> rotation, thus making the body slimmer in the water. I would put this as
> first priority in why to kick and secondly into trying for more propulsion.

> Still the majority  of top Freestylers in the world are MIGHTY fast kickers,
> so you can't say it's totally unimportant. But if you don't have some pretty
> amazing ankle flexibility you will never get much forward propulsion out
> of kicking in Freestyle.

> Swimmingly,

> Coach Michael Collins
> Davis Aquatic Masters, CA

What is body rotation!  When I swim freestyle, should my hips rotate 45
degrees side to side.  I am a new master swimmer, and for this reason, I ask.

Thanks you!
Tony