This is a description of different kick tempos to implement when engaging in freestyle swimming. To properly and effectively swim freestyle a swimmer should use a deliberate kick tempo that is not random or irregular.
The kick tempos described in the article are based on the number of kicks to be performed between two (2) arm strokes. Typically lower kick rates are used in distance and endurance swimming while higher kick rates are used in shorter sprint type events.
The article contains a detailed description of the 2-beat, 4-beat, 6-beat and 8-beat kicks, the types of events in which the kicks are used and athletes who use each kick. There is also a description of a cross-leg kick to aid in velocity even though it is not a proper kicking style.
- The right freestyle kicking requires the right technique in terms of form and frequency.
- There are numerous kicking styles, but here are 5 of the most common types of freestyle kick rates
- Practice different kicking styles for different races until you find the best one that works for you.
“Once again the 4 and 6 beat kick are most common, but that doesn’t mean they will work for you.”
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5 Different Types of Freestyle Kick Tempo