THE BRICK is the world’s first-ever coreboard, a 6 lb weighted kickboard that turns any kick set into a total body workout that actually changes a swimmer’s body position in the water—even after the kicking is done.
Developed by Fike Swim Products, The Brick floats just enough to support its own weight, so it sinks when a swimmer places his/her arms on top, forcing the swimmer’s core, upper body, and legs to work to maintain body position on top of the water while kicking. The Brick can be used during traditional kick sets, as well as submerged kick sets and for other drills that aren’t possible with a traditional, hyper-buoyant board.
But The Brick isn’t just about faster kicking, it’s about faster swimming. After using The Brick a swimmer feels higher in the water, like they’re swimming downhill, and is more aware of their body position long after the set is over.
Some of the biggest names and programs in the country, including 3 of the top 20 teams in Division I college swimming, have already purchased The Brick. A head coach of a USA swimming club team recently had this to say about it:
“The shipment came in after practice so I tried them out for an IM kick set. Loved it but will be very sore. Here’s what I did:
4 rounds: 4×75 IM w/Brick @145 (no free) every other round holding the board to the ceiling on back stroke. 150 IM build/50 no free @3 150 ez freeI
have never been one to coordinate dolphin kick with a kick board but it felt very natural with the Brick.”
The Brick has benefits for every stroke:
– BREASTSTROKERS feel faster heel speed and a more powerful kick that drives straight back;
– BUTTERFLIERS and BACKSTROKERS can easily stay submerged for underwater kick sets; and
– FREESTYLERS and BACKSTROKERS who try to sandbag a kick set with limp legs will sink!
The Brick is for swimmers of all types and levels, from novice to professional, from the lap swimmer to the triathlete to the synchro swimmer working on their skulls and egg beaters.
Fike Swim Products was born when founder James Fike put a brick on top of a kickboard and transformed just another legs-only kick set into a total body workout felt into the next day. Since then it’s been our mission to create unique swim equipment with the single-minded goal of making you faster. We don’t sell toys. We create tools to help you reach your potential.
James Fike has always had a passion for swimming. He started swimming competitively at age 5, ultimately training under Eddie Reese at The University of Texas from 1999-2003 where he had the privilege of swimming alongside some of the greatest swimmers in the history of the sport. James has continued swimming through all the phases of his life- from working as an investment banker, to getting his MBA back at UT, and back to working in corporate America. Finally, his passion for the sport led him to opening The Fort Worth Swim School, which teaches students of all ages and abilities and works to foster his same lifelong love for the sport.
Now, what started with a brick and kickboard and a drive for always finding new ways to grow in the pool, has become Fike Swim Products, a company dedicated to helping you Train Different!
Swimming News is courtesy of Fike Swim Products, a SwimSwam partner.