• Published on Aug 22, 2019
  • If you feel like your kick slows you down instead of assisting you...these 5 things will help change the way you kick. We work with a lot of adult swimmers who don't come from a swimming background and ankle flexibility is almost non-existent. If this is you, think of your kick as more about balance and timing rather than propulsion.
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Comments • 34

  • Effortless Swimming
    Effortless Swimming  25 days ago +2

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  • Pistol Pete
    Pistol Pete Day ago

    Great channel thanks for the tips lots to work on.....

  • mark ankone
    mark ankone 4 days ago

    I will give it a try

  • Bruno Gibbanov
    Bruno Gibbanov 6 days ago +1

    Gold!! Timing is my problem.

  • Stormy Brown
    Stormy Brown 9 days ago

    I feel as though my kick draws me back in breast stroke, the recovery of the feet has too much drag

  • Ka Y0
    Ka Y0 13 days ago +1

    What if the top of your thighs keep rubbing each other?

  • Marku Potgieter
    Marku Potgieter 19 days ago

    What can you do to activate your legs? My problem is that I've got fast stroke rate and my pulling is really quite strong but it's almost like I have a problem with activating my kick. So it's a huge disadvantage in racing. Especially sprints.

  • Jonathan Neufeld
    Jonathan Neufeld 21 day ago

    I keep getting a cramp in the smaller toes of my right foot, the left foot is fine though. What's going on there?

  • freeridefried
    freeridefried 22 days ago

    Always thought it was supposed to be a diagonal kick while entering the hand in the water. Could also be interpreted like this if watching the vid in slow motion as the catch happens while the other hand is entering the water. Sure about the timed catch and kick?

  • Cheetah Wilson
    Cheetah Wilson 23 days ago

    I tried online coaching before the guy was good I got fast off of his training, but he only focused mainly on kicking drills. My kick got better. However, even though I told him I need hand technique he wouldn't focused on it and my shoulder kills now and back pain so I don't swim as much to avoid the pain. He stopped coaching me b/c of the shoulder pain, and my time is back up for 100M . Would you be able to help me to where I can avoid these injuries from online coaching, or you recommend I get a local swimmimg coach which haven't worked for me. I travel to Florida to training b/c the coach there helps me improve but always loose it when my form is not corrected when I swim back in NY.
    Sorry for the long message

    • Effortless Swimming
      Effortless Swimming  22 days ago

      If you have access to a camera to record your swimming, I can coach you in technique and provide drills and a plan. effortlessswimming.com/member/join/

  • Wheel333
    Wheel333 24 days ago +2

    Awesome tips, thanks.

  • Chris Watson
    Chris Watson 25 days ago +1

    Could you try to include some endurance speed videos please? You always seem to have sprinting.

  • Nuno Prazeres
    Nuno Prazeres 25 days ago +2

    Another great video! Thanks.
    Just wanted to add this note.
    I am a triathlete and introduced some heavy lifting in my program a few months ago (mainly deadlifts and split squats). As a result my core strength improved massively and my swim got another upgrade. My body alignment is at its best and my kick became much more efficient and effortless.
    This fully validates episode #123 of the effortless swimming podcast.
    Thanks again.

  • Seiti
    Seiti 25 days ago +2

    Can you post the name of the music, please?

  • Felipe Córdoba
    Felipe Córdoba 25 days ago +1

    As I saw in other video, another way to sync is to kick with one foot when you finish the opposite arm recovery and starting the reach (when you get your hand again into the water). Do you agree?

  • robohippy
    robohippy 26 days ago +2

    The catch as you call it, or the pull as I call it comes just slightly before the down kick on the same side, so right side pull, then right side down kick. Some people try to link it with the recover arm which would be right side down kick, then left arm recover/enter. Many teach that the hips drive the arm/shoulder rotation. I don't agree, the pull/catch arm drives the hips, which is pretty much what this video shows.

    Also, in the bit where you are using the snorkel, your kick is pretty much vertical. When you go into full stroke then the kick is going sideways at an angle that pretty much matches the hip rotation angle. Much more effective.

    For me, learning to go pigeon toed and pronating my ankles has helped me drastically reduce my lap time with the flutter kick. It used to take me almost 2 minutes for a lap in a 25 yard pool. Now, I am down to about 1:15, and getting faster. For years, I always tried to keep my toes pointed straight out behind me. Going pigeon toed and pronating also gives you a much more effective oar surface so you use the side of your foot for propulsion rather than just the top of your foot. Like you said here, it does add slightly to getting more toe point/hyper extension/plantar flexion.

  • yonatan Selby
    yonatan Selby 26 days ago

    @ 4:12 I would say this is an error because you say to time the CATCH on the right hand side with the downward kick on the RIGHT hand side. In fact one would want to kick the right hand in to a catch position via the LEFT hand side leg, no? Perhaps you mean to pull with the right hand while the right foot kicks down?

  • Vladimir Shishov
    Vladimir Shishov 26 days ago

    What should I do if I feel very weird when I try to kick and catch using one side leg and arm? It’s like I can’t engage the right muscles. Are there any drills for it maybe?

    OVOCNY CHECK 26 days ago +1

    What you think about Paltrinieris kick?

    • Effortless Swimming
      Effortless Swimming  26 days ago +2

      Not good for top end speed but GREAT for efficiency and maintaining a fast stroke rate and speed for minimal effort.

  • Mark Stewart
    Mark Stewart 26 days ago +8

    Your videos are some of the most informative swimming videos available anywhere.

    • David Tom
      David Tom 23 days ago +2

      definitely makes you feel guilty for getting it for free, absolutely unbelievable of Brenton for these video's!

    • Effortless Swimming
      Effortless Swimming  26 days ago +1


  • pippo1590
    pippo1590 26 days ago +2

    Please make a video with ankle flexibility excercises. When it comes to effective kicking, flexible ankles are the number one requirement!

    • kuf geo
      kuf geo 26 days ago +3

      Try sitting with your butt on your feet.

  • Maurizio Genovese
    Maurizio Genovese 26 days ago +3

    Thank you coach!!
    Very well explained...
    swiss swimmer🇨🇭

  • Naveen K
    Naveen K 26 days ago +9

    Thank you for the video on kicking!!! Your choice of words to describe is very nice makes things clear....

  • Moonlit Imagination
    Moonlit Imagination 26 days ago +3

    awesome video as per usual!!!! thank you so much!! (and beautiful song too n.n)

  • Thekidisalright
    Thekidisalright 26 days ago +7

    I am a little confused, you mention right catch with right downkick, but the video shows right hand catch with left down kick, so am I suppose to catch and kick on the same side? Or alternate side like right hand left leg? Thank you.