In this video elsson, Swimming Instructor Peter Elizondo teaches how to straighten the legs after the half-circle kick.
Video Transcript: PETER ELIZONDO: "In this section I want to cover the breast stroke, the fourth step. The fourth step is, remember once again--quick reminder, review. Your feet are towards your butt, and they're angled forty-five degrees. And on that third step you did the half circle. The fourth step you want to make sure that as you're doing that half circle your legs are straightening out and you do a complete close. You see how my arms are completely closed. Imagine that being your legs. So you don't want it open like this, you want it completely closed, because you're pushing to water, and that's what's going to push you forward when you're doing the breast stroke, which I'll show you later. So, with the feet again, you bring the heel to the butt. Your foot is forty-five degrees. As you're doing that half circle, which is the third step, you're now going to bring your feet together in close. So, at the end, on this step, your leg will be completely straight, with like a slight little bend on the knee. So let me show you on the other leg. You're going to do the same thing, right. So, step one, foot to butt, step two forty-five degrees, step three, half circle, and on the fourth you're going to end up closing. And what I mean close--you're legs are going to come closed together like that--after doing the half circle. So it's just going to be like that. A full body motion, just like that. That's how you do the fourth step of breast stroke. Now your feet are up towards your butt, forty-five degree angles. We're going to half circle open and then close them. So always remember that. Butt, forty-five degree angles, you open them, and then you close them. Let me show you with my feet up to the butt. Forty-five degree angles, open and close. And it's going to be a quick close. So, you open them and then you close them. Half circle--once you're out, you straighten them up and close them. Again, it's a half circle, open and close. So you're going to feel like that push. See how they quickly go. See how it just pushes the water. So in slow motion it's going to be forty-five degree angles, half circle, close. But if you kind of snap them together once they're fully out and extended, you're going to really push onto that water, just like that."
In this course, Swimming Instructor Peter Elizondo gives 10 video lessons on Swimming the Breaststroke. He teaches how to swim the breaststroke with proper kicking technique, hand technique, foot position, breathing technique, kick preparation and continuous strokes. He demonstrates how to do a half-circle kick and how to push-off the wall.