How can swimming equipment improve your swim?

Have you ever heard of the swimming equipment such as swimming paddles, fins, snorkels and pull buoys? Different swimming equipment can train up different muscle groups - learn more!

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1. Swim fins

Swim fins can enhance your leg's muscular endurance. As a result of increased resistance, you can correct the wrong swimming posture of the leg and effectively train the lower part of the body.

Functions:

- Increased resistance:
Fins can increase the area of ​​contact with water during kicking and conducting resistance training. With high-intensity water kicking, heart rhythm will be improved significantly. On top of this, it can be extra training for the thigh and hip muscle strength too.

- Muscle training:
Medium-to-strong strength training in thighs and abdomen.

Pro-tips when shopping for swimming fins:

- Rigidity:
The hardness of silicone-made fins is very important. If the flippers are too hard, it may cause an ankle sprain.

- Length of fins:
Short fins ensure an ideal kicking frequency, which greatly improves cardiovascular function compared to long blades. 

However, long fins help you to go further with each kick in the water as compared to short fins. So all in all, it depends on what you're looking for!

2. SWIMMING PADDLES

If you want to strengthen your upper limbs' muscle endurance, it is recommended to use it with a rower. You can also use a small kickboard or swimming fins to make different training plans!

Functions:

- Resistance training:
Since the hand paddle can increase the area of ​​contact with water as you paddle, different hand resistance training.

- Muscle training:
With the hand paddle, you can strengthen your biceps, triceps, and upper back muscles.

You can also choose the most suitable shape of the paddle according to the individual needs and practice level. It can also have different training effects with different wearing methods and training menus.

Pro-tip:
First-time users should go for a smaller-sized hand paddle to start with as there will be less resistance.

For more experienced swimmers, consider larger and wider hand paddles as they provide more resistance.

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3. SWIMMING KICKBOARD

Swimming kickboards provide buoyancy which can help swimmers who want to increase their practice diversity. 

Ensure that you choose the right kickboard, which should be as big as your shoulder width, so as to ensure you get the right buoyancy in the water.

The kickboard is a piece of handy and practical swimming equipment that can help you to improve the whole-body muscle and core-muscle stability – discover how it works below!

Functions:
- Lower-limb muscle training: 
It is suitable for occasional or regular swimmers to train up their lower body movements when kicking their legs and help with enhancing core-muscle control.

- Upper-limb muscle training: 
Some kickboards can be used as a pull buoy to be put between the thighs to train the upper limbs.

- Core-muscle control: 
Kickboardd with less buoyancy requires users to use their core-muscle strength to put their body in the right position, which in turn enhances core-muscle control.

4. SWIMMING front SNORKEL

Wide swimming front snorkels are very helpful for a wide variety of users, from swimming beginners to triathletes, to professional swimmers and coaches, for both leisure and fitness alike.

Picking the right swimming snorkel can help you focus on improving your swimming posture and breathing.

Functions:

- Keeping good balance:
It reduces the user's need to take note of breathing when turning your body to pull strokes, allowing the user to keep balance while focusing on good posture.

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5. SWIMMING PULL BUOY

A swimming pull buoy is a must-have for upper-body muscle training. It is suitable for both occasional and regular swimmers who want to train their upper body (biceps, triceps, shoulders and abdominal muscles).

Functions:

- Upper-body muscle building:
It provides greater buoyancy for the legs, forcing swimmers to use their upper limbs to keep themselves moving in water during practices. It can allow users to concentrate on mastering arm-stroke techniques.

- Core-muscle building: 
If you want to work specifically on your core muscles, you can position the pull buoy in-between your calves. In this way, you can control your core muscle in greater detail during turning or somersaults underwater.

Apart from regular swimming practices, it is also of utmost importance to find the right swimming equipment in order to strengthen different muscles. 

With the right choice of swimming equipment and proper usage, your swimming technique can be taken to the next level!

How can swimming equipment train different muscle parts?

written by: Olee Sasithon

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