When first learning how to swim, many types or variations of certain movements are present. We learn the basics first of all: how to move your arms , breathe in the water and kick. Afterwards, we can move on to more complex things. One of them is called the breaststroke,  a swimming style that most learn about in the intermediate levels because it is very different from the freestyle or back crawl. In this article, you will read about an introduction of this type of movement.

The breaststroke is a swimming movement that asks the competitor to be on his chest and to not rotate his torso. It is more of a recreational style since it asks you small bursts of kicking unlike the freestyle which demands a continuous one and your head, if you do it properly, is supposed to be near the surface or out of the water depending the moment during the move.

This style is said to be originated from the movement of frogs. Proof that support this hypothesis could be found in Babylonian and Assyrian wall paintings. It has become one of the four official swimming movements used in competitions. Michael Phelps is a practitioner of it and he has used it during the 2008 Missouri Grand Prix.        Please remember that the breaststroke is one of the slowest and relaxing styles. So, it is highly not recommended to use it when having a free-for-all competition with your friends and family unless you really want to look bad.

In sum, the breaststroke is a slow swimming style originating from the movements of frogs  but it is widely reknown in the aquatic world. Michael Phelps has a gold medal during a competition of breaststrokes and counts many practitioners whether old men, women or children.