The Kicktastic is often but not always female with some swimming experience, often from earlier childhood. Their stroke is characterised by a very dominant and propulsive leg kick but lacks catch and feel for the water with their arm stroke. As kicking is an inefficient method of propulsion, and uses very large muscle groups, this swimmer is often short of breath.
For sprint freestyle a strong kick is expected but over longer distances the very high oxygen demand makes it far from ideal. It is better to divert that energy into the arm stroke for greater propulsive efficiency.
Kicktastics vary hugely in speed depending on the propulsion level from their kick and their level of feel for the water with their arm stroke.
Our full Kicktastic Stroke Correction Guide includes all the analysis, drills and techniques you need to improve your stroke technique. There is nothing generic or cookie-cutter in the guide. Each method, drill and visualisation is carefully chosen to target your unique make-up and make the switch to upper body propulsion. Follow each of the four included training sessions to fit these techniques into a perfect training session for you. The Guide is supplied as a digital download straight to your computer. Find out more here.
Download our full stroke development and stroke training guide for the Kicktastic swim type
Kicktastics are one of the easiest types to spot with their strong leg kick. If you want to be sure, duck under the surface and watch their kick underwater, you will really see the effort they are putting in from that angle. Please let Kicktastics know about this site! It’s often much easier to recognise traits in others than ourselves so give them a quick prompt in this direction and let us get to work on improving their swimming. Without a specific program tailored to lessoning their leg kick and improving their catch, it’s very unlikely they will improve alone.