Swim strokes: a comparison

Get the most out of every lap and find the best stroke for you with our expert comparison of swim strokes.

Water provides the resistance needed for fat-burning exercise with the added benefit of a low-impact environment, so there's less stress on joints and a lower risk of injury.

Whether it's breast stroke, freestyle, butterfly or backstroke, swimming is one of the best exercises for boosting circulation, muscle tone, lung capacity and for losing weight.

Check out our guide below to find the best style for you:

Last updated Thursday 11 August 2016

First published on Tuesday 7 July 2015