Swim Training courtesy of Ryan Turner
Pushing off the wall has never been harder, but there’s a silver lining to the pain with increased strength and endurance. You might even struggle to complete even one lap, but these tools have become a valuable part of a swimmer’s training.
But you might love them, or you might hate them: resistance accessories.
1. Swimmer DragSox
On the surface they don’t look like much, but these little nets will make you sink to the bottom of the pool if you don’t watch out. Perfect for all strokes, the Sox are an awesome addition to a swimmer’s equipment bag.
We all know that bone-chilling feeling when our coach tells us to bring old sneakers to practice. Having your feet sinking along behind you cannot only be strenuous, but also embarrassing. However, shoes help to increase leg strength and serve as a great resource when trying to improve your kick.
It’s amazing how such a small piece of rubber can change your stroke. By having your legs drag behind you, your shoulders get a heck of a workout.
To be fair, I don’t know many coaches that make their athletes do this cruel and unusual punishment. As difficult and awkward as it is, swimming with a shirt still provides a cheap way to create resistance in the water.
There’s nothing quite like treading water with a 15 lb. weight held behind your back, head barely above the surface, choking back enough water to fill a bathtub. It’s an experience to be had, especially as you can see the sun rising in the distance. Nonetheless, weights are fantastic both in and out of the water, and are crucial to any developing swimmer’s workout regimen.
Unlike a regular parachute, this one doesn’t prevent you from feeling any pain. Increasing in popularity, parachutes are the face of resistance training and are an excellent tool to perfect your technique and train your body to deal with fatigue and stress.