A Brief Introduction to Butterfly Strokes

The movements of butterflies have mesmerized the human beings so much that they have included them in various activities and sports. One such example is known as the butterfly stroke in swimming. This particular stroke is colloquially known as the fly strokes amongst the swimmers. Essentially the butterfly stroke is achieved while swimming on the breast, while both the arms move simultaneously. They are accompanied by butterfly kick or the dolphin kick. Out of all the known strokes in swimming, butterfly stroke is the latest addition.

Sydney Cavill is known to be the pioneer of the butterfly strokes. In 1933, Henry Myers was the first ever swimmer to implement the butterfly stroke in a competition. Initially, an offshoot of the breaststroke, the butterfly stroke went through many stages of evolution until it was selected as a stroke for separate competition in the Summer Olympics of 1956 in Melbourne, Australia. If one observes the techniques used in the butterfly strokes, then they would notice that it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to achieve the perfect butterfly stroke. A bout of strong masculine strength all over the body would work as an added advantage.

The highest speed of a butterfly stroke is better than front crawl. The force is more and better because of the synchronous push or pull with both the arms. However, there is a significant drop in speed during the time of recovery, thus making the stroke slower than others do. It is considered as the most difficult of all the swimming styles.


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