What is the optimum “stoke rate” pace that guarantees faster swimming? This is a question swimmers must somehow find the answer for but coaches struggle with how they are supposed to “crack the code” for each individual swimmer. The great news is that FINIS has created the Tempo Trainer Pro, a waterproof metronome, to help swimmers and coaches find this answer.
The best “stroke rate” is thought to be a skill swimmers instinctively possess or one that is acquired through endless repetition. Finding the ideal tempo requires a bit of investigative work from swimmers and coaches to test, learn and execute the tempo during training sessions and competitions.
The goal of swimming is to swim more efficiently, effectively and ultimately faster than the competition. As a result, coaches place a lot of importance on analyzing a swimmer’s stroke rate pace and distance per stroke. Finding the perfect equation will help swimmers to avoid spinning in the water but keep the stroke turn over consistent to optimize their swim performance.
Many swimmers do have a tendency to “spin their wheels” when they increase their stroke rate in an attempt to up their speed. Commonly, the swimmer will appear to move the water around them rather than moving their body forward through the water. The direct result is a very high stroke rate with an inefficient distance per stroke. However, it is also important for swimmers to keep their strokes long. There are those swimmers that have a slower stroke rate who actually need to increase their pace. Toying with the length of strokes and the rate at which a swimmer moves their arms can present difficulties and confusion for some swimmers while trying to adjust to new speeds and rhythms. While varying a swimmer’s stroke rate when they are pacing is key, one of the fundamentals of efficient swimming is to keep a consistent rhythm, which harmonizes the various elements of the stroke. So how do you crack this code?
Cracking the code on speed is all about trying different varieties of arm rotations and distance per stroke exercises. While it may take people years to learn what their optimum stroke rate is and coordinating it with the distance per stroke, a solution has been developed. FINIS offers swimmers of all levels the opportunity to hone in on stroke rate, with the Tempo Trainer Pro. This little powerful device has been developed to help swimmers find their optimum speed remain focused and give that extra motivation to reach your goals.
For more information and training sets utilizing the Tempo Trainer Pro and cracking the code on speed check out: One Tool and Five Sets That Will Transform Your Swimming