Feel the Speed

by FINIS 0

June 20th, 2012 Gear, Swim Often, Swim Smarter

Stationary Cord Long Hip Belt 

Who isn’t extremely excited for summer, especially this summer, in swimming? While we know that it is not the average summer with that big event.  “Which one?” you may ask.  The Olympics!


As we get geared up to watch the best-of-the-best race, many of you may be competing in your own championship race. As the days go by, your training becomes more focused. It is also the time where coaches and swimmers really start to focus on less on yardage and more on speed – sorry distance swimmers.


One of the ways to boost your speed is to incorporate the Stationary Cord Long Hip Belt into your training. The most common use for this type of cord is also referred to as assistance swimming where either a coach or a teammate pulls you in from the opposite side of the pool. Don’t worry should you have a swimmer that is too strong for their own good, FINIS has put in a internal safety string inside the rubber tubing to ensure no harm done in the event of a cord breaking.  The Long Hip Belt allows you to adapt your stroke technique to higher speeds and exposes important flaws, such as slipping – the faster the arms move, the faster the swimmer will go, but that is definitely not the case.  The goal when doing speed work is to find the ideal rate where you are on the verge of slipping, but rather, are actually the most efficient with your stroke.


Another use for the Long Hip Belt is to use it as resistance swimming. Using the overload principle from land training, the Long Hip Belt helps to develop strength and power, and highlights where your stroke is weakest. This allows you to feel where you need to focus on your stroke and gain a better understanding of why.


All in all, there is nothing like the feeling of going faster than race speed with the Stationary Cord Long Hip Belt. Give it a try and see if you can do a faster 25 than the best sprinters in the world.


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