In this video lesson, Swimming Instructor, Phillip Toriello, teaches how to kick in the butterfly stroke by using a technique known as the dolphin kick.
Video Transcript: "PHILLIP TORIELLO: Hello and welcome to Expert Village. I'm Phillip Toriello from the Avila Bay Athletic Club. The butterfly kick: The butterfly kick is comprised of, simply put, the dolphin kick, which many of us know and many of us practiced and worked on and played with when we were first learning how to swim. "Hey, mommy, I can swim like a dolphin," was very common. Basically, you're going to be utilizing your knees. You're going to be utilizing everything from your knees down to your toes. A lot of people have fallen under the thought that you use your whole body into one giant wave motion but that's a little--I mean it's close but it's a little bit off. When you're focusing on your kick, you're focusing on everything from your hips down. You're not utilizing your lower back. You're just focusing on everything from your hips down. When you look at dolphins as they swim through the water, they're not moving their whole body up and down like this as far as their middle point. They're focusing on everything from where approximately our hips would be down through their tail or the lower half of their body, not their entire body. An important aspect of your dolphin kick is to remember to keep your legs and your feet close together. You don't want to have two individual dolphin tails; you want to have one giant dolphin tail. So, an example of that would be keeping your feet, just like this, nice and close together, bending at the knees and just going up and down. The bend of your knee or your kick motion as one giant tail will be about a third of the way. You don't want to bend your--or bring your heels all the way to your bottom, but instead, you just want to bend about a third or a 30-degree angle, not a 45 and not a 90, but about a 30-degree angle to get a fast, proper, dolphin kick."
In this course, Swimming Instructor Phillip Toriello gives 15 easy video lessons on How to Swim Competitive Butterfly Stroke. The butterfly stroke is an impressive swimming stroke that requires both endurance and strength. From the dolphin kick to the arm motion, learn how to swim the butterfly stroke, plus get tips on practice drills and racing, in this free swimming video lesson. Some of the topics covered in this course are: Motion of Arms and Legs, Kick Drills, Pull Drills, Breathing Drills, One Arm Drills, Underwater Drills, Body Position, Breathing Techniques, Sprinting and Racing Tips and many more.