How to Move Your Arms in Freestyle Swimming

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The freestyle arm movement is simple and includes a reach, stretch, pull and stroke. Learn how to move your arms to swim the freestyle stroke in this free swimming lesson video from an expert on health and fitness.

Part of the Video Series: How to Swim Competitive Freestyle
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Hello and welcome to Expert Village. I'm Phillip Toriello from the Avila Bay Athletic Club. In freestyle, the arm movement really is quite basic. It includes a reach, catch, pull and push. The reach looks a little bit like this: it's the full extension of the arm out in front with the palm facing down towards the water. It really provides the opportunity to maximize your distance per stroke. The catch is a slight bend of the arm at about a forty five degree angle just under the body. The pull follows through and then ends with the push all the way behind you. It's going to look a little bit like this: reach, catch, pull and push.

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