Welcome to the Long Beach State Masters Swim Team Website
Long Beach State Masters Swimming is a United States Masters Swimming club dedicated to helping adult swimmers of all backgrounds and abilities meet their fitness goals through swimming.
Whether you are interested in competing in meets, improving your swimming for a triathlon, or just want to stay in shape with a fun group of people, the Long Beach State pool is the place you want to be!
Long Beach State Masters offers 11 practices a week, morning and night along with monthly instructive workouts that focus on technique improvement so you can move more efficiently through the pool or ocean.
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Technique Tip of the Week!
Breaststroke Pullout + Dolphin Kick
The breaststroke pullout consists of three phases: the glide phase, the pull-down phase, and the recovery/kick phase. Properly executed, the phases of the pullout are combined to produce maximum efficiency and speed. As the swimmer begins the first stroke at the surface, the distance and speed gained from the pullout will define the power of that breakout stroke. Excluding or insufficient emphasis on any phase will decrease velocity and put the swimmer at a disadvantage before the first stroke at the surface.
So where does the dolphin kick play in?
Well there are two spots where you can add in your dolphin kick. Some swimmers prefer to add the dolphin kick with the second phase of the pullout when the body already has a natural undulation and finish the pull down with a powerful dolphin kick. Other swimmers will use their dolphin kick just as their hands begin to part for the pulldown phase. Whichever you choose, remember you are allowed only one dolphin kick per pulldown. Check out the GoSwim video below to watch the different underwater pulldown dolphin kicks.
Streamline, it is the one of the first things you learn when your an age group swimmer, and one of the first things to go when your a master swimmer. Never underestimate the power of a streamline. Most of us just get lazy, but doing 3-4 quick dolphin kicks with a tight streamline can make a huge difference in any workout set.
Next workout, practice some turns or starts. First practice pushing off the wall and immediately opening up your arms while doing 3-4 dolphin kicks, then do it again with a tight streamline. Not only will you go further, but you will get there faster. Now see if you can get a lane partner to help out. Have them time you. Do your normal start or turn. Then do the same thing with tight streamline and dolphin kicks. See for yourself which is faster and conserves more energy.