Water Aerobics Equipment Makes Your Workout Fun

17 09 2012
Water Aerobics Accessories

Water aerobics accessories can provide you with an additional workout.

Water aerobics makes it possible to lose weight and have fun at the same time. Water aerobics is one of the best cardio exercises you can do while protecting your body. The water provides the perfect amount of resistance to increase your muscle mass but is not overly intensive on your joints to make your workout painful. Because of the nature of this type of exercise, it is easy to use every day. When you add water aerobics equipment to your workout, you can personalize the intensity of your workout.

Resistance

Adding more resistance than the water provides during your water aerobics workout provides you with an even more intense workout. If your goal is to build muscle mass or lose weight, adding barbells, such as the Speedo Aqua Fitness Barbell, gives your body floating support, while also providing resistance. You can choose to use one or both barbells during your workout to greatly increase the effectiveness of your workout. For those who do not need the flotation support and simply want the resistance, the Speedo Hydro Resistance Water Weights provide the perfect amount of resistance in 1 or 2 pound weights. They are also ergonomically designed with grips to reduce the number of times the weights slip out of your hands.

Gloves

Experience the resistance you get when you lift weights without holding weights at all. Water aerobics gloves, such as the Speedo Aqua Fitness Gloves, are made of neoprene, the material wetsuits are made of, and have webbed fingers to provide the perfect amount of resistance when you move your arms back and forth in the water. Different water aerobics classes will use different techniques to help you gain the benefits of your water aerobic gloves.

Jog Belts

Jog belts are another popular piece of water aerobics gear to help you increase resistance and stability in the water. Jog belts, such as the Speedo Aqua Fitness Jog Belt, offer the perfect amount of stability in the water, while increasing your ability to tone your muscles and burn more fat.

All the water aerobics equipment available, including water weights, water aerobic gloves and jog belts, allows you to participate in cardio workouts, while remaining low impact. This is the preferred method of exercise for anyone with an injury, the elderly or those who wish to protect their body from the dangers of high impact exercise.





Learn How to Perfect Your Swimming

12 09 2012

Swimming is one of the most beneficial exercises anyone can participate in. Whether you swim competitively or simply swim for the benefits of weight loss and muscle building, it is a perfect sport to learn to enjoy. If you are unsure about your swimming skills, there are various things you can do to perfect your skills even without a coach telling you what to do.

Swim Training Gear

The proper swim training gear can help you learn to swim more efficiently.

Focus on One Component

Rather than jumping in the water and trying to focus on all aspects of a stroke, such as freestyle, focus on one component. Use a kickboard to stabilize your upper body while you focus on your kick. Take the time to truly build up your endurance through the use of a kickboard, experimenting with your kicks to determine which method gives you the best times and least exhaustive workout. You want to make sure your muscles do not tire prematurely, but you also want to swim lengths in the shortest amount of time. Once you perfect your kick, you can use pull buoys to stabilize your legs while you perfect your arm movements. This will allow you to slowly put all the pieces together to achieve one fluid freestyle stroke.

Build Endurance

A major component of perfect swimming is endurance. Swimming a couple of laps is fine, but if you want to truly feel the benefits of swimming, you will need to be able to swim a large number of laps comfortably. Through the use of exercise and the proper swimsuit, you will be able to build that endurance. Choosing to wear a competitive swimsuit, rather than a regular swimsuit, will reduce the amount of drag you experience in the water, allowing you to build your endurance without experiencing unnecessary exhaustion.

Time Yourself

Through the use of a waterproof lap counter and timer, you can time yourself on your laps. This allows you to push yourself harder each time, consistently trying to beat your own time. You can also count the number of strokes you use to complete each lap. Trying to reduce the number of strokes it takes to complete each lap will help you perfect your swimming even further.

If you wish to perfect your swimming skills, take it slow. Break your strokes down into individual components to truly understand how your strokes affect your swimming. By building up endurance and speed, you will find yourself perfecting your swimming and even gaining the ability to swim competitively in a short amount of time.





Training Beginners for Competitive Swimming

5 09 2012

Whether you are trying to train a child or you are an adult who wants to get started in competitive swimming, the training is the same. Learning the proper swimming methods in the water, as well as practicing certain drills on dry land, will provide you with the best competitive swimming experience. Your body needs endurance and strength to succeed, which can be reached in a variety of ways.

Training Swim Gear

The proper swim gear can help swimmers build endurance and strength.

Build Endurance

While it is important to perfect the four major strokes, you will need to be able to build your endurance and strength to be competitive. Before perfecting any stroke, you should focus on endurance. Kickboards are a great way to build endurance because it allows swimmers to focus solely on their legs and not on the movement of their arms or head. Keeping their head above water, swimmers can perfect their kick, slowly increasing the number of laps they can do comfortably.

Strokes

Once the endurance is built up, swimmers can learn to perfect their strokes. The four major strokes are freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. Focusing on one stroke at a time will help swimmers perfect each one before moving on to another. Once the strokes are perfected, swimmers can then learn to vary them within each swimming session; this will allow them to participate in medley races that incorporate two or more strokes in the same race.

Strength

Strength is an important component of competitive swimming. Once swimmers have mastered the endurance, you can begin adding training tools, such as pull buoys and swim paddles, to give swimmers the additional resistance required to build up their strength. A pull buoy allows swimmers to keep their legs stable, while their arms get the intense workout, pulling the body through the water. Swim paddles give swimmers extra resistance as their arms skim the water, allowing the body to build more strength. Swimmers can also practice weight training outside the water to further their strength in the water.

Training beginning swimmers to be able to participate in competitive swimming is a process that can easily be done if it is taken slowly. Children and adults can learn to swim competitively by working on improving endurance, perfecting their strokes and building up their strength. Swimming is a sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages; it is never too late to begin perfecting your swimming to participate in competitive races.





Swimming Pool Backstroke Flags

3 08 2012
Plastic Backstroke Flags

Backstroke flags let swimmers know where the end of the pool is.

The backstroke is one of the most difficult strokes in the pool because you aren’t able to see where the edge of the pool is while you are swimming. Unless you know exactly how many strokes it takes to get across the pool and count your strokes as you swim, you can easily become disoriented and run into the side of the pool or attempt your turn too early. The best way to avoid this is by using swimming pool backstroke flags to let swimmers know they are approaching the end of the pool.

Backstroke Flag Options

When you are outfitting your pool, you will find there are many options for backstroke flags. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money, your best option is the generic plastic backstroke flags that are available in 100 foot lengths. These plastic flags come in a variety of color pairings so you can pick your team’s colors or any other color that fits your pool. If you prefer something that is more customized, you can build your own backstroke flags in any length, color and design. All you need is to purchase your customized pennants with logos, letters or pictures, rope and swivel hooks.

Uses for Backstroke Flags

The backstroke flags have a primary purpose of letting swimmers know they are approaching the end of the pool so they don’t become injured and can finish the race or make a turn if necessary. The flags must be suspended from the ceiling across the end of the pool at a regulation five meters from the end of the pool. All swimmers will know that they will need to prepare for the wall when they see these flags over their heads as they swim along on their backs. This provides a visual clue so swimmers can focus on technique, rather than a fear of the end of the pool.

Buying swimming pool backstroke flags that match your swim team or the colors of the event you are hosting is important any time you will hold a backstroke race. Using these flags during practices will also help you swimmers learn what to look for. As long as you place these flags at the regulation length from the edge of the pool — five meters — your swimmers will know just what to do when they see these flags above, no matter where they are. Whether you purchase a premade string or create your own, these flags are a great addition to your pool.





The Best Swim Hand Paddles

27 07 2012
Swim Hand Paddles

Using swim hand paddles will strengthen your swim stroke and improve distance and propulsion.

Becoming a competitive swimmer means conditioning your body to swim in the most efficient manner possible. This means you will have to do far more than swim in the pool on a daily basis and perfect your technique. You will also need to use special swim gear to provide you with the training you need to become a stronger swimmer. One of these important tools is swim hand paddles. When you choose the best paddles, you will be able to enjoy all the benefits as you improve your swimming times.

Strokemaker Paddle

The Strokemaker paddles are the oldest and still the best swim hand paddles you can use to help strengthen your arms so you can strengthen your stroke and swim faster. With the holes in the design, your hands will still get the feel for the water as you swim, while providing you with the resistance you need to strengthen the muscles that are responsible for distance and propulsion. The colors of the paddles will also help the coach to see the swimmer’s hands to provide additional tips for improving technique.

TYR Catalyst Hand Paddle

Created by the inventor of the Strokemaker, these translucent color-coded paddles will provide the strengthening qualities you need from your swim hand paddles, while causing less strain on your shoulders. When you use hand paddles, your goal is to strengthen your muscles, not strain them. The multi-hole strap design allows you to best center your hand for the best results. The TYR Catalyst is available in several sizes for beginners up to the professional swimmer.

Speedo I.M. Tech Paddles

The Speedo I.M. Tech Paddles allow swimmers to use the paddles to train with all four main strokes, including the breast stroke. You will be able to interchange the paddles between your right and left hands for a different feel. With the tube straps, you will experience the greatest comfort while using these paddles to train and increase your strength. The I.M. Tech Paddles provide pronounced edges that will give you a good feel for the catch of your stroke so you can improve.

Speedo Power Paddle

The final of the best swim hand paddles is the Speedo Power Paddle. This paddle is intended to strengthen the muscles for those who swim for fitness purposes, rather than competition. The broad blades are intended to give you the most resistance for a better workout. However, the water will still be able to channel through with the holes, which can also increase the pull of the water so you can strengthen your arm muscles.





Stretchcordz Can Help You with Your Swim Training

9 07 2012
Swim Cords

With the help of swim cords, you will be able to increase your strength and endurance.

Swim training is essential if you intend to win when you compete. However, it isn’t just about your swimming technique and your abilities that will ensure you finish in the best possible position. As part of your training, you will need to strengthen various muscles that will be critical to your swimming success. Through exercises, such as those you can complete with the help of stretchcordz, you will find you are swimming better than you ever thought you could. There are several types of stretchcords you can use to enhance your swimming.

Stretchcordz Long Belt

One type of swim cords allows you to use these cords while you are swimming. This piece of equipment consists of a belt that fits securely around your waist. The swim cord is attached to the belt where it can move freely around the belt. This will allow the cords to move with you as you swim through the water. The Stretchcordz long belt will help create additional resistance as you swim, helping to strengthen your muscles to help build the muscles you need to swim well. This piece of equipment gives you three different resistance levels so you can increase your training intensity as you train.

Stretchcordz with Handles

If you want to continue your swim cord training when you are out of the water, you may want to consider the Stretchcordz with handles, in addition to the long belt. When you use this piece of equipment to complete certain exercises, such as curls, triceps extensions, flies and lateral pulls, you will be increasing the strength in your upper body. This can improve your swim stroke so you can swim through the water faster than ever before. You will also see an increase in your endurance. With five different resistance levels, you can find yourself swimming faster and longer.

The training methods you use can have a direct impact on how well you do in the water. With the use of the Stretchcordz equipment, you will make use of the resistance of these swim cords to strengthen your upper body. When you increase the strength in your upper body, you will find you can swim faster, longer and better. Whether you choose the long belt that can be used in the water, the model with handles to use out of the water or a combination of both, you can reap all the benefits of your hard work.





The Best Fitness Swimming Goggles

2 04 2012

The Aquasphere Kaiman goggle provides you with a truly unique experience when swimming through the water.

Whether you are swimming indoors or out, having goggles to protect your eyes from the sun and from the chlorine in the pool is important. Choosing a fitness swim goggle that provides you with the protection you need and a sleek fit will provide you with all the advantages. When it comes to the best lap swimming goggles, you have many choices. What you choose should depend on the fit and what works best for you.

Speedo

Many times, a fitness goggle is designed in a one-size-fits-all design. This doesn’t always work for everyone, though. Speedo keeps this in mind with the Junior Vanquisher 2.0 goggles. These goggles are available in a variety of colors and are designed to fit smaller, narrower faces with a secure fit, while still providing 25 percent more peripheral vision than the previous design.

Another Speedo option is the soft, flexible Hydrospex 2. This fitness swim goggle is designed to provide the same fit with a frame that will bend and flex to fit different head shapes and sizes. The lenses feature anti-fog and UV protection so you can use these goggles indoors or out.

TYR

The soft gaskets of the TYR Nest Pro fitness goggle will provide you with a secure fit that will keep the water out of your eyes. The nest design will cradle your face to make them one of the best lap swimming goggles available. These goggles feature anti-fog and UV protection technology and come in a variety of colors to match your style.

The Technoflex 4.0 goggles also come in a variety of colors. The design of these goggle is one-of-a-kind, using plastics in a variety of hardness levels for maximum comfort and efficiency. For instance, the material used in the frame helps keep the nose piece from stretching out and the softer material in the gaskets provide a better, more comfortable seal.

Aquasphere

Aquasphere also makes a great swim goggle in the Kaiman swim goggle. This unique goggle comes in a range of colors and works well for fitness swimming, especially in open waters. These goggles provide you with a full range of vision, which many other goggles can’t provide. The curved lenses won’t fog up and will help protect your eyes from the dangerous UV rays from the sun.

If you are looking for the best lap swimming goggles, you can turn to one of the biggest names in fitness swim goggles. With so many to choose from, you can find a color and style that works best for you and your needs.





Lose Weight Swimming – Suggested Swim Gear

31 12 2009

Ok so we all ate too much during the holiday season and now we need to lose some weight. Swimming is one of the best exercises that you can do, it is a full body cardio exercise. Just a few hours each week in the pool will have your waist line going down. Many of you are also making your New Year’s Resolutions to get back into the swimming pool and back into shape. We have assembled a list of swim products to help you out in the pool.

1) a practice swimsuit, available in both women’s practice suits and men’s practice suits styles

2) great fitting goggles, we suggest the TYR Nest Pro goggle or the Women’s Vanquisher goggles

3) a silicone swim cap, you don’t want your hair turning green

4) swim fins, one of the best training aids for swimming is to use rubber swim fins. They will not only help your swim kick but for those of us who have not been in the water in a while, the swim fins will allow us to swim a little longer and help keep us from breaking our form because we are tired.

5) kickboard, I know they are more fun to surf on but now is the time to get serious and put it to use, I found a great swim kickboard with multiple handle grips for added comfort and drills.

6) pull buoy, don’t forget about your arms too, this will not only help you develop your stroke but also make you stronger and better at arm wrestling (hey chicks dig good arm wrestlers.)

7) mesh equipment bag, you will need something to put all of your swim gear in, also check out the swim backpacks too, the swimming backpacks will have you looking like a pro when you head down to the pool.

8) swim parkas, for those of you that swim outdoors, a swim parka is a must. They will keep you warm and also hide a little of that extra weight that you are trying to lose.

9) Pure Sport Starter Kit, put down the coffee and the cokes, now is the time to get serious and start paying attention to what is going into your body also. The Pure Sport Starter Kit will help you before and after you swim to get your body system into shape.

10) Speedo LZR Racer Elite, ok so you are a bad ass and you already have all of the rest of the gear on the list and you are ready to take on Michael Phelps. Then you will definitely need the Speedo LZR Elite swimsuit.

I hope this list helps and don’t forget the most important part of the list…using it!





Aquatic Fitness Belts

10 06 2009

In the heat of the summer water aerobics can be a great way to both escape the heat and get a great workout.  Such a workout provides the same benefits as aerobics done on land without putting unnecessary stress on the body.  If you decide to move your workout to the water your joints will thank you.

Speedo Aquatic Jog Belt

Speedo Aquatic Jog Belt

For most water aerobic programs the first step is selecting an Aquatic Fitness Belt that is right for you.  Speedo’s Aquatic Jog Belt is ideal for deep water aerobic workouts.  This jog belt uses soft, flexible foam to provide flotation support in deep water, and also gives additional back support.  The jog belt fits a wide range of waist sizes up to 48 inches.

Another great deep water option is the Speedo Hydro Resistant Jog Belt.  This belt is molded from soft neoprene foam for additional comfort.

Speedo Aquatic Fitness Belt

Speedo Aquatic Fitness Belt

Speedo’s Aquatic Fitness Belt offers more versatility than it’s deep water companions.  The Aquatic Fitness Belt comes with removable blocks for adjustable flotation.  This makes the belt great for both deep and shallow water aerobics.  Whether you are new to water aerobics or a seasoned vet the Aquatic Fitness Belt will give you the support you need in the water.





Swimming with a nose clip?

20 01 2009

I went swimming the other night at the gym and I always keep to myself and concentrate on my swim, but it never fails that someone just wants to turn the laneline into a bar scene and strike up a conversation. I don’t mind meeting new people and talking but just not in the middle of my swimming set. I am at the wall to catch my breath and rest a few seconds before my next 100 yards of pulling. Well this lady wanted to know how to breath with a nose clip? I told her that I cannot use a noseclip while swimming since I breath out of my nose when my head is down and then take in air when I turn my head for a breath. As far as I know that is the only way to properly swim. Turns out she was trying to teach her friend how to swim and he was having a problem with getting water up his nose. I don’t think using a nose clip is a great idea unless you doing synchronized swimming. I belive after a few snorts of water up the nose you will quickly learn how to blow air out of your nose. Growing up I practiced flipturns in the pool by doing multiple flips in the middle of the pool and if you do not blow air out of your nose then you will be unable to complete the turns. This worked for me and hopefully that can work for you to.








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