In this video lesson, Swimming Instructor, Phillip Toriello, teaches how to do backstroke pull drills, which help you focus on the upper body stroke technique for the backstroke.
Video Transcript: "PHILLIP TORIELLO: Hello and welcome to Expert Village, I'm Phillip Toriello from the Avila Bay Athletic Club. Backstroke pull drills provide the opportunity to focus in, again, on your distance per stroke and really gauging the flagpole effect of your arm coming out of the water, your thumb out, your pinky in, your pull and then your push portions of your stroke. Again, I like to utilize the pull buoy to do that specifically to isolate the legs but more importantly, the focus on the upper body and your stroke technique. During the pull buoy exercise, you're going to be practicing in working on your alternating arm rotation. So, basically, working on your breath, your breathing drills as far as breathe in, breathe out, breathe in, breathe out. You're basically going to be focusing on your breathing, your arm rotations and keeping those hips up on top of the water. Those are the three most important aspects of your backstroke pull drills."
In this course, Swimming Instructor Phillip Toriello gives 15 easy video lessons on How to Swim Competitive Backstroke. The backstroke, sometimes called the inverted freestyle, is a stroke that is swum on the back.