About Pull Buoy

Speedo Pull Buoy II Large

A pull buoy is used to help competitive swimmers train. The Speedo pull buoy is placed between the inner thighs and forces a swimmer to use maximum upper body strength to propel themselves through the water. A pull buoy is used by competitive swimmers who are teenagers or older from the amateur to the Olympic level. There are two types of pull buoys. One is a single piece and the other has two pieces, which latch on to the legs. The latter is commonly used for those who are new to using the tool. The slim portion of the pull float goes between the thighs. Two-part pull buoys can be adjusted with the straps, so it fits the swimmer properly. Swimmers should swim with the Speedo pull buoy between the thighs with their ankles crossed. This is difficult to do and adds to the intensity to your training. Even seasoned swimmers will have trouble swimming with a pull buoy, but remember that’s the point of practicing with one. You’re looking to dramatically increase your upper body strength.

The pull buoy will come loose if you do not cross the ankles. It may take time to adjust to swimming this way, but don’t let the strange feeling deter you. Your body may not be used to practicing with so much dependency on the upper body. With regular practice using the pull float, your muscles will adjust accordingly and you’ll find it’s easier to use after repeated use. Start at one end of the pull and secure the pull buoy. Push off from the wall of the pool and keep your ankles crossed tightly to keep the device in place. Toes should stay pointed behind you to keep drag at a minimum. You can use whatever technique you prefer through the upper body. Eventually, the momentum will slow and you will have to use your arms to propel yourself through the water.

It’s important to note that to use a Speedo pull buoy, one should already be a good swimmer. A pull buoy is not a toy. If it is your first time using one and you’re a decent swimmer with no competitive swimming under your belt, you should be sure a lifeguard is on duty while you practice with the pull buoy. It takes time to adjust to the extra weight and the lack of lower body strength. Those who are not good swimmers can easily injure themselves or become overwhelmed in the water using a pull buoy.

Pillow or a Swimming Training Device

Swimming Pull Buoy
Swimming Pull Buoy

Some people think these strange foam things are pillows used for camping. Little kids often use them as building blocks, but swimmers know exactly what they are for. The pull buoy allows the swimmer to focus on training only their arms. A pull buoy or pull float is a shaped piece of  foam used in swimming. Swimmers place the buoy between the legs in the crotch area to provide support to the body without kicking the legs, basically the opposite of a kickboard. Pull Buoys are an excellent training device for developing endurance and upper body strength. Using them gives the arms an intense workout by providing flotational support for hips and legs. One of the best selling swimming pull buoys is the Speedo One Piece Pull Buoy. It is available in both the Speedo Jr Pull Buoy size and the Speedo Large Pull Buoy size. Good body position and technique can be established and the breathing rhythm can be refined. This piece of equipment is a good aid to help swimmers enjoy their training. The pull buoys also provide swimmers with heavy legs a way to be better positioned in the water. There are many different sizes, shapes and colors to choose from. Be sure to pick one that will just give you enough buoyancy to level out your body position. A pull float that is too small will allow your legs to drag in the water, while a pull buoy that is too big will float your legs and push your head and arms down in the water making it very hard to swim.