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The Swimmers Guide to buying a tech suit

The Swimmer’s Guide to buying a tech suit

Championship season is exciting for all competitive swimmers, but it comes with a ton of preparation.This comes with buying a new tech suit. Worried about finding the right tech suit? Here are some facts to know when buying a tech suit.

What’s the importance of a tech suit? Why are they any better than a regular swimsuit? A tech suit is designed to reduce your drag in the water and help you efficiently move through the water. Tech suits are made from water-repellent fabric and don’t soak up all the water like a normal swimsuit does! They offer compression which is shown to be effective in improving circulation and can have an overall positive effect on recovery. 

One thing you will notice with most tech suits and swim jammers is that they are very smooth. Almost seamless? Don’t worry, this is on purpose! By removing the seams through multiple stitching and designing the seams to direct the flow of the water, the suits become closer to being a second skin that allows you to move faster and more freely through the water. Fastskin suits are designed to give you a slight bump in performance.

When buying a Fastskin, size doesn’t matter. Are you a 24”? Tech race suits are going to be different sizes. They are designed to be tighter fit so you get all the benefits of the suit! Also, it is often that a swimmer’s body changes size as they grow, change and develop. You want a suit that fits you and that you feel ready to race in. Sizing is just a number! Measure to find your current sizes to compare to size charts to find the size that you need.

Try on a few styles before making a decision! Many female swimmers prefer the classic open back suit, but there are both closed back and powerback suits to be considered. Are closed back suits harder to bend, twist and move in? Not at all! Try on different styles to find the one that is best for you and that you feel the most comfortable in. It’s important to get a good feel of your options to find the best fit.

Remember, you’re the one wearing the tech suit. You are the one that has to race in it! So, make sure you feel confident in the tech suit you choose. 

Tech suits are not cheap. They are an investment, especially in a swimmer’s training and success. You don’t wear tech suits to regular swim meets. Tech suits are made so you can invest in your goals and designed for the athletes at their most elite competitions. They are racing suits for when you are prepared to race! 

Shopping for a new race suit is an exciting task, not something that should be daunting and scary. It means that your big competition is coming up and you are achieving your goals!

At ProSwimwear, we have a large range of performance suits to browse through. Check them out here: https://www.proswimwear.co.uk/fina-approved-swimwear.html 

Still have questions? Contact us at ProSwimwear about any of the tech suits on our website and our customer service team will be ready and excited to help you get the perfect race suit for you.

Improve your butterfly form- Twelve drills to practice your form

Twelve drills to practice your butterfly form

The butterfly stroke is iconic in the swimming world. It is challenging to learn, and difficult to master, but the physical and mental rewards of improving in this stroke are very much worth it. You’ll feel your body become stronger and more in sync with each day you practice the butterfly stroke. 

Whether you’re a beginner recreational swimmer just learning how to swim butterfly or a competitive swimmer this race season looking for extra tips and pointers, this article will provide a few ideas to help you further achieve the excellent butterfly form. 

 

Tips for improved butterfly form

Of all the swimming strokes, butterfly is one of the most challenging. It burns more calories during one hour of swimming than any other stroke. A butterfly swimmer who weighs 155 pounds (70kg) will burn 774 calories in an hour. That is 70 more than the same person would burn when swimming freestyle or breaststroke. 

Not only does the stroke expend a lot of energy, but the form itself can be hard to master. Taking the time to train with the proper butterfly technique will help you improve the efficiency in your stroke, allowing you to maximise the energy you use while swimming. The following tips will help to improve critical areas of your stroke technique. 

 

Body position

How you position your body in the water plays significant roles in efficiency and speed. With butterflies, you want to make sure your body is aligned. When you do this properly, each part of your body will be participating in the movement.

Butterfly will mean that you will be undulating when you move through the water. Undulation allows you to move through the water efficiently. This type of body motion is to propel yourself forwards in the water, similarly to the motion used during an underwater dolphin kick. It allows your upper body and legs to alternate to help in propelling yourself across the pool with more efficiency and faster speed.

 

Butterfly arms

As you take butterfly strokes, focus on the correct arm movement and how your hands enter the water. Extend your arms with your elbows slightly bent, and keep your hands somewhat further apart than the width of your shoulders when they enter the water. 

Once your hands enter the water, pull, as if performing a freestyle stroke but using both hands simultaneously. Focus on pulling equally with both arms, using your forearms and hands to catch as much water as possible. Pull straight down at first and allow your hands to come slightly closer together as you continue to pull towards your hips. 

In the arm recovery phase of the stroke, your hands should leave the water by your hips and stay close to the surface. Do not lift your arms too high out of the pool, this wastes energy. 

 

Butterfly kick

Kicking provides a large amount of propulsion. Both legs perform a large, powerful kicking motion at the same time. Your legs must remain together, and keep your feet pointed directly out behind you.

For every stroke cycle, you will kick twice. The first kick you take provides enough forward motion so you can lift your arms out of the water during the recovery phase of your stroke cycle. The second kick happens before you begin your pull and adds additional drive to keep the forward momentum going.

 

Breathing

When focusing on breathing technique, you want to avoid lifting your head too high out of the water. Lifting your head too far out of the water can tilt your body and cause drag, slowing you down. Your head should come out of the water just enough for you to take a breath before returning to a neutral position.

Butterfly is a tiring technique, so you might need to breathe with every stroke if you are new to it. As your form improves, you might find you can take breaths less frequently than every stroke cycle. Breathing every other or every third stroke allows you to keep your head down longer and cut out drag, allowing your momentum to be significantly stronger as you move through the water. 

 

Twelve butterfly drills to practice your skills

Now that you have the basic understanding of how to swim this challenging stroke with proper form, you can practice some of the swimming drills below to improve your skills. Remember to stay positive throughout your training, and as you continue to train you’ll see improvement. 

 

  • By the side of the pool

Mimicking and practising the butterfly movement at the side of the pool, outside of the water, can help you to improve your technique. Lay on your stomach and bend your knees slightly to imitate the leg kick as your hands come forwards to enter the imaginary water. Kick again when your hands reach your sides. This drill can help visualise the mechanics of the stroke before you enter the water, assisting when applying it in the water. 

 

  • With Short fins

Training fins make an excellent option for butterfly drills. Swim this stroke with short swim fins, taking one arm stroke for every 4 kicks. Focus on the form of your leg. The added resistance provided by the fins will allow more sensory response to the movement of your legs through the stroke, providing more focus on the movement.

 

  • Butterfly kick drill

For this drill, you will need a kickboard. Grab the kickboard firming and practice your kicking technique. Allow the kickboard to dive under the water in front of you and then come back to the surface as you complete your kicking cycle. This will help you master the movement of the stroke. 

 

  • With pull buoy

Place a pull buoy between your legs and swim butterfly using only your arms. This drill will help improve your arm strength and help you focus on the upper body mechanics of the butterfly technique. Try to pull equally with both your left and right arm during each stroke.

 

  • One-armed butterfly

Swimming the butterfly with just one arm can help improve technique. Keep the arm that you are not using extended out in front of you or along your side. It is extremely important to remember to breathe forwards and not sideways when doing this drill.

 

  • Breaststroke legs with lateral breathing

Swim the butterfly whilst using a breaststroke kick for every arm stroke. Breath once to the right and once to the left. Attempt to keep your head underwater as much as possible. This should help you get more comfortable with your breathing technique.

 

  • Adding flutter kick

Swim the butterfly using a freestyle leg kick, try to keep your shoulders above the water when performing this drill. Focus on your arm mechanics and practice a powerful pull-through and efficient recovery phase.

 

  • Variable entry

Your first stroke of your arms in the water should have a wide entry. In your second stroke, your hand should enter the water at half the width of the previous stroke. For the third, your hands should enter next to one another in front of your head. Repeat this variable entry cycle throughout to get used to the movement.

 

  • Recovery underwater

Swim the butterfly without the recovery part of the arm stroke. Make sure your arms are below the chest and try to go as deep as possible with your shoulders by thrusting your back powerfully downward. 

 

  •  Clenched fists

Swim the butterfly with clenched fists to keep your arms and legs as coordinated as possible. 

 

  • One leg kick

Swim this stroke by just making one leg kick for every complete arm cycle, inserting it at the end of the pull phase right before beginning the recovery phase around the water. 

 

  •  Full stroke

Once you feel more comfortable swimming the complete stroke with proper form, try timing yourself swimming 50 metres, 100 metres and 200 metres and a time. Keeping a log of your times is a great way to track improvement throughout practising the drills!

 

Butterfly Technique

 

Essentially, the key to improving any swimming technique is to keep up with consistent practice, and to take your time to think about proper mechanics before you enter the water while you are swimming. Remember, practice makes perfect, and our swimming aids at Proswimwear also contribute towards that.

Check out our range of training aids here: https://www.proswimwear.co.uk/swimming-accessories/swimming-training-aids.html

 

Level X – The New Virtual Swimming Competition introduced by Swim England

Introducing Level X: The new virtual swimming competition! 

Swim England is introducing a new way to for swim clubs to virtually compete! 

In this blog we will tell you... 

  • What exactlty Level X is
  • Who the first clubs competing are going to be
  • How it's taking place
  • How it's scored
  • And what comes next for virtual swimming! 

We will be updating you on the latest Level X news throughout this exciting new journey!

Read more now! 

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GOING FOR GOLD: Top 5 Racing Suits of 2019

In this blog we will be looking at the Top 5 Racing Suits of 2019! Top 5 Cover

This blog will include: 

  • Some of the incredible features of these Racing Suits!
  • Some of swimwear's biggest brands 
  • An insight into why each of these suits stand out
  • Other product information that can complete your competing look!

So, to see our Top 5 Racing Suits look no further!

You may just find the suit that takes you to the top of the podium! 

Available now at ProSwimwear! 

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Superstar Nuria Marques becomes World Champion!

NEWS ALERT: Nuria Marques has become a swimming World Champion at 20 years-old! Nuria Marques

At the World Paralympic Swimming Allianz Championships from the 9th - 15th September Nuria Marques made big waves!

Not only taking home medals she took home an impressive title too! World Champion! 

Read our latest blog to find out more about her incredible achievements! 

Congratulations, Nuria! 

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One for all and all for Akron: The Viper Racing Suit is Performance Swimwear Perfection!

In this blog we will take an inside look at the incredible Viper Racing Suit by Akron! Akron Viper Female

We take a look at... 

  • A brief look at Akron 
  • What features their incredible designs have that make them the best racing suits
  • And other products from Akron that will shape the way you swim 

So read on and visit ProSwimwear to be a part of this game-changing swimwear today! 

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Speedo Fastskin Endurance+ Race Suits: A Perfect Suit for Junior Swimmers!

In this blog post we will be looking at the Speedo Fastskin Endurance+ Race Suits available now at ProSwimwear! Speedo Logo

These suits are perfect for junior athletes! This blog post gives you a look into:

-A brief history of Speedo

-The incredible abilities of the suits in this collection

-And a glance into some other incredible Speedo and Speedo junior products

So, if you are looking for some of the best quality Junior swimwear around then look no further!

Take a read of the blog to find out more! 

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Nationals Success: ProSwimwear's Adam Chillingworth Wins GOLD!

Adam Chillingworth at NationalsIn this blog post, we catch up with the progress of ProSwimwear ambassador Adam Chillingworth.

At the end of July, Adam was competing in the British Swimming Summer Championships 2019.

Read on to learn more about:

 - Adam's first national title

 - Why the British Swimming Summer Championships are important

 - Where Adam will be competing in his final event of the season 

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How To Find The Perfect Orca Wetsuit For You!

Orca are established outdoor swimming experts, specialising in wetsuits for triathlon, open water and swim run competitions.Orca Wetsuits

Here we take a closer look at Orca’s useful ‘Swim Scale’ guide to finding the perfect Orca wetsuit to aid and improve your swim style!

These are broken down into:

-          Natural Swimmer

-          Total Swimmer

-          Progressive Swimmer

Read more here!

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Diana Submarine Poseidon Tech Suits – Inspired by Nature

Diana Poseidon SwimwearIf you're looking a more unconventional tech-suit then turn your eyes towards the Diana Poseidon. If you're tired of seeing Speedo Lzr's and Arena Carbon Flex's then you might want to give these a go. The suits have all the technical racing aspects that you would expect from any competitive swimsuit. Compression, panelled construction and bonded seams come as standard. But what really makes them stand out from the crowd is the specially textured surface of the material.

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Speedo LZR Racer X New Colours Now In Stock

Speedo Racer XHello competitive swimmers! Just a quiock update to say that we've just received our first shipment of the NEW colours of Speedo's flagship racing suit the LZR Racer X. The new versions feature a blue flame design on matte black LZR material with shimmering gold X shaped piping along the sides.

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The New Speedo Junior Fastskin Endurance+ Racing Swimsuits Are Here!

Speedo Fastskin SwimwearWhen youngsters are starting out in their first competitions, at some point down the line they'll probably start looking at racing swimsuits. For any competition beyond their friendly club atmosphere they'll require a FINA approved swimming costume. The "FINA Approved" mark signifies that the swimwear has been tested, and adheres to the rules laid down by the governing body of swimming.

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Introducing The New Speedo LZR Racer X Junior

Speedo Fastskin For KidsSpeedo have recently released some junior specific versions of their much loved Fastskin LZR Racer X tech suits. The junior jammers and kneeskin come in a professional black/gold colour combination just like the adult black/gold version, but have several different features aimed at the younger swimmer.

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