Question by PG: What is the best way to breathe during butterfly stroke?
I am learning to do the buttterfly, and while I still don’t feel comfortable with it, I have just started to get the rhythm of the arms and legs down. I can swim it decently if I don’t come up for air, but when I do need to breathe, it not only breaks my stride competely, but I hurt my neck. I must be doing something wrong! Can anyone help me with tips for efficient breathing during the butterfly, or any other advice in improving this stroke? Thanks.
Answer by swimerjim
Butterfly is the most difficult stroke to master of the four. While swimming butterfly you should not tuck your head, you will be creating resistance. You head must be in a neutral position, in line with your spine. You do not want to lift your head, your body should naturally lift with your momentum and with that a slight, very slight tilt of the head upward will provide sufficient time to breathe. BUT you must have momentum, so if you’re swimming butterfly slow, or not at a good pace you will have to force yourself to lift your head, thus leading to poor technique.
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