Swimming Equipment

Speedo Contoured Swim Paddles

Speedo Contour PaddlesSpeedo Contour Paddles

Growing up on the flat paddles, I distinctly remember wrapping my fingers around the top of these to hold them in place as we swam our pull sets. Man how times have changed!

While many new swimmers focus on adding fins to their equipment list first, triathletes should pay close attention to their pull and the time they spend training on their upper body. Unlike both the bike and running legs of the triathlon, the swim portion has a strong focus on the upper body and leveraging the strength of the triathlete’s arms. To do this, triathletes need to focus on their stroke and arm movement. Read the Rest

Finis Z2

Finish Z2Finis Zoomers Z2

These fins are the new rage in swimming training circles. The second generation from Finis has made several improvements since they came out with the original Zoomers but continue to lag in sales due to the ubiquitous nature of the originals.

The benefit of shorter fins is that you can continue to focus on your form and traditional kick. With the longer fins often used in scuba and other swimming environments, your kick is hampered due to the time it takes to move your foot up and down. You become more accustomed to a slower kick cycle that can impact your ability to increase speed during races. Read the Rest