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If you want to get more out of your swimming session and work smarter and more efficiently. The Swimming Aids are just what you will ever need. Now you can tone your muscles and have fun doing it! No more heavy dumbells and cold metal rods.
Often mistakenly regarded as instruments of torture, swimming accessories significantly improve power and swimming technique efficiently and quickly.
Since the arms are the most important limbs for propelling you forward while swimming, it is important to train them to gain muscle power and to get more enjoyment and benefits out of swimming.
The other benefit (last but not least) of training equipment is that it also lets you vary the exercises to ward off monotony
Jokes aside, it's time to get out your paddles, pull buoy and band, starting in 10, 9, 8..
Very often used by experienced swimmers in training, swim paddles are effective and versatile accessories to improve your swimming in all its aspects.
(A warm-up is essential before any swimming workout with paddles. When cold, spare your muscles at the risk of hurting yourself!)
There are typically two types of paddles: hand paddles and finger paddles (in addition to anti-paddles and forearm paddles).
Do you want to increase your power? Do you like to go fast? Get yourself some hand paddles!
Don't get me wrong! Even if it feels like using hand paddles takes its toll on your muscles and power, if used properly, they also undeniably improve your swimming technique. While building your arm strength and toning them.
With their imposing shape, the propulsion surface is enlarged, which increases the water displaced. As a result of this colossal "catch", you will need to use your upper body muscles more (triceps, dorsals, biceps, shoulders), which means they will be worked upon and toned in accordance. While you have a fun time gliding in the water!
This will have an impact on your muscle mass and your swimming comfort without paddles too!
Believe me, if you love the feeling of speed, you will no longer be without your hand paddles!
Do you want to acquire a better technique and also tone your muscles doing so? Do you appreciate a well-executed movement and those shredded arms? Give finger paddles a go!
Finger paddles are much smaller than hand paddles. The propulsion surface is thus reduced but it still lets you work on the resistance of the hand during the underwater movement as well as the sensation of resistance before the pull phase. More resistance is equal to more workout and better-toned arms!
Finger paddles focus your concentration on what you can feel, your catch, and the placement of your hands and forearms for better hydrodynamics.
This equipment makes it easier to take cues to correct your movement and detect the most effective gestures to swim better, faster, and finally, achieve a clean and smooth stroke. OH! and wait you will also have a great arm in the process.
In both cases, swim paddles will allow you to significantly improve the key factors to better your stroke, namely: catch, hand placement, underwater trajectory, acceleration of movement, propulsion and your sensations.
Swim paddles can be used alone or in combination with other accessories (pull buoy, band, etc.) in order to focus the workout differently and keep things interesting during your sessions.
The pull buoy, unlike swimming paddles, does not allow you to swim faster when used, but rather focuses the effort on upper body muscles (arms, pecs, lats, abs, shoulders). The legs must remain completely inactive. This means the entire workout is concreated on your upper body, especially your arms.
A pull buoy is a small float that can be placed between the thighs or ankles to focus the workout on specific parts of the body. This keeps your legs afloat while you focus on your upper body and arms completely.
Thigh Pull Buoy
Beyond giving dense swimmers more buoyancy, this way of using the pull buoy maintains increased focus on upper limb movements, promoting the improvement of swimming technique.
The principal aims of the pull buoy are to impose a flat position on the swimmer and to work on the first part of the arm movement (traction), where the swimmer must pull their body (half of which is "immobilised") forward.
The legs are however brought to the surface by the pull buoy, giving you optimal alignment on the water and thus reducing the resistance that would have been caused by your legs dangling (since you are not able to kick at all).
Ankle Pull Buoy
Using a pull buoy between your ankles requires a certain amount of concentration on your lower limbs so as not to let it escape.
In this position, the workout will again be focused on the upper body, with more intense effort on the abs. Indeed, to maintain optimal alignment and avoid thrashing around all over the place and creating excess drag, your core must remain activated under all circumstances. Which basically means while working your arms out you are getting your abs worked out effortlessly!
This exercise is, however, not recommended for people suffering from back pain.
By working with a pull buoy, you will have the chance to improve your swimming positioning and technique while gaining power due to the lack of leg movement. The perfect two-in-one!
The pull buoy can be used alone or in combination with the paddles to add variety to your workout sessions. And also make it more effective. Using your paddles and pull buoy will give you a pleasurable experience as you glide in the water with more speed. This is fun and you would want to do it over and over again!
Swimming is great workout for whole body but it is one of the best workouts for leg and also proper use of legs often makes the difference in competitive swimming at all levels. To know more, read this article now!