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Swim Stroke Paradigm™

In this enlightening presentation, Nyah discusses the four swim strokes and their crossover application to leadership excellence. Each stroke — freestyle, butterfly, breaststroke, and backstroke — will provide participants with fresh insight, nuanced details, and growth markers to take their influence game to the next level. (A comprehensive program is available also, in which a macro or general overview of the Swim Strokes Paradigm™ is covered first, followed by four successive group or breakout sessions diving into the micro aspects of each swim stroke’s in-depth connection to outlier leadership).


The freestyle is one of the oldest swimming techniques used to move forward through the water. It originated from styles similar to the breaststroke. Roman warriors used to perform swimming exercises that were very similar to the modern-day freestyle stroke. This stroke involves a rhythmic and alternating pattern of arm strokes and leg kicks, with the arms pulling the body forward and the legs kicking for propulsion.


The butterfly stroke is considered the most challenging swimming style to perfect as it demands greater stamina, flexibility, strength, and coordination. This stroke is named based on its sweeping arm motion to that of a butterfly's wings. Despite its difficulty, the butterfly is regarded as one of the most elegant and powerful swimming strokes. 


The breaststroke is one of the oldest swimming styles, and it is technically different from all the others. Unlike other strokes, in the breaststroke, the forward thrust mainly comes from the legs, which contribute 70% of the power, while the arms contribute 30%. It is a graceful and efficient swim stroke that involves a simultaneous arm and leg motion resembling a frog's kick.



Backstroke is a unique swimming style that requires a specific body position that many people find challenging. Unlike the other three competitive swim strokes, backstroke is the only one swum on your back. This means that a good sense of direction and coordination are necessary. To swim backstroke efficiently, it's important to keep the body in a streamlined position, with the head, spine, and legs aligned.

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