01 Nov The importance of kicking durring swimming
Swimming is a full-body movement, and efficiency comes from developing coordination between your upper and lower body. The kick provides stability, improved body position and propulsion–all components necessary for a more efficient freestyle.
Remember, the swim is the only leg that impacts the entire race. Efficiency in the water is key to successful overall swimming.
The significant “metabolic” cost of swimming is in the deceleration and acceleration phase of the stroke. Water is roughly 900 times denser than air, so the cost of accelerating in the water is large. One of the better ways to increase the efficiency in your stroke is with a more efficient kick.