Swimmers love their toys in the water—and swim paddles are no exception. In a mesh bag that includes fins, a pull buoy, snorkel and a multitude of other pieces of swimming equipment, there is perhaps nothing that swimmers regard with as much fondness as their paddles.Here are a few of the reasons that swimmers go ga-ga when it comes to training with swim paddles:
The swimmer’s gear bag has really filled up in recent years. Where at one point water-born athletes only had to worry about having a kickboard and pull buoy on deck now we have various sizes of paddles, fins, ankle bands, and one of the more recent additions—the snorkel.
Yoga is known to effectively improve your flexibility while calming your mind and relieving stress. However, if you’re aiming to lose weight and have an overall healthy body, yoga alone is not enough. In fact, in one study, participants doing yoga for half an hour burned only about 120 calories while other exercises burned more, such as aerobics, which consumed at least 165 calories.
Looking to level up your power and strength in the pool? Strap on a pair of swim paddles and give your shoulders a workout that will leave you a faster, stronger swimmer.When it comes to your swim workouts there is no shortage of different ways that you can tweak your training. Whether it’s focusing on the upper body with pulling sets, or hammering away at your legs with kick sets, there are an endless number of ways to train.
For swimmers who spend hours and hours training in the pool they are always on the lookout for a way to make the most of their hard work in practice. The tech suit, with its space age materials, promises of less drag, and high price tags offer a tantalizing means of swimming even just a little bit faster.The cost of a tech suit for swimmers is no joke—they run in the neighborhood of $400, with some of the women’s tech suits costing as much as $600.
The butterfly stroke is tough. There’s no disputing that. Ask any competitive swimmer what stroke they loathe the most, which of the four is the most taxing, and they will almost all tell you that it’s the butterful that takes the cake for difficulty.
The competitive swimming lifestyle and training schedule is no joke. With a season that nearly never ends, countless hours swimming up and down the black line, and the endless eating that goes on to fuel the training, being a top-flight swimmer is tough work.Adding a strength training component to your training is one way to get more from your time in the pool, and eventually, more from yourself when you step up on the blocks to race.