Not only do fins aid in strengthening your legs and your heart but they are a prime example of a helpful piece of equipment. Helpful? How? Fins increase your speed, and will propel you through the water. It feels great to move fast doesn’t it? All those feel good vibes of ‘I’m going fast!’ are great for your body mentally and physically. Fins are awesome for new swimmers because of how much positive reinforcement they are able to give. A simple formula of kick = moving forward. Talk about a win win.
Another piece of equipment that can be a helper as well as a trainer is the snorkel. For experienced swimmers snorkel s will help train and strengthen your lungs as well as aid in proper head position. New swimmers can benefit from the snorkel as well by allowing them to get comfortable with their stroke, learn proper technique and not stress over when to fit in that pesky breath.
Snorkels are multi-use. You can use them for just kicking, with or without a board. The ability to look down when you are kicking relieves pressure on your neck and shoulders with the added benefit of still having to work harder to get air.
For experienced swimmers looking to increase their workload paddles are the perfect solution. They come in a variety of sizes that offer varying degrees of resistance to help swimmers get stronger. Paddles are my favorite piece of equipment and if I could only pick one thing to use day in and day out I would hands down pick my paddles.
Did you know music is a proven to boost workouts? Setting your pace to a fast tune will help you keep going and it is an excellent distraction. A distraction? From what? Pain or discomfort. If we are working hard the positive vibes music creates in our brains distracts us from how hard we are working often letting us push ourselves longer or harder than we would without the music.
No brainer this one. Wear goggles please. Don’t subject your eyes to the harshness of chlorine day after day. Plus I personally guarantee your turns will get faster.