Whether you are training in a personal or a professional capacity, you want to make sure that you are doing so as effectively as possible. Effective training means that you are not wasting any time, and we could all do with a little more spare time in our daily lives.
One particularly effective and efficient form of training for all athletes is resistance training. This comes in a variety of forms, but essentially it involves the act of pushing against some kind of artificial resistance which you have put into place. It can be a tough workout - but, of course, that is the whole point.
If you are wondering whether swimmers are able to use any kind of resistance training in their sessions, the answer is a resounding yes. For swimmers, as for other athletes, there are many ways to do this, and the benefits are just as numerous here as in other sports and workouts. But for many swimmers, the practicalities of performing resistance swim training can get in the way of being able to actually make it a part of the daily or weekly routine.
So what products can you use to create this resistance?
1. Stretch cords, you can now make swimming against resistance much more a central part of your workout regime. What’s more, it’s not going to cost you an arm and a leg to do so. Stretch cords are easy and cheap to get hold of. Yet, they can offer a huge difference to the effectiveness of your workout. It is often true that the simplest items can make the biggest difference to your workout, and this is just yet another example of that being the case. Simply attach one end of the stretch cord to your waist, and the other either to an anchor or ask a friend to hold it, you then simply swim out as fast and as powerfully as you can. The benefit of stretch cords is they provide the highest possible level of resistance.
2. Drag tights & shorts, unisex drag tights look and feel great, they provide additional drag while swimming and are a great tool for swimming in public pool. Drag tights and shorts offer the benefit of being able to move freely in a pool, meaning they can be used during public sessions and you won't be getting in the way. You may find that due to the loose nature of drag shorts, they provide more drag than tights, both are unisex and designed to be worn under/over your normal swimwear.
3. Drag Belt, drag belts combine heavy resistance while still allowing you to be mobile in the water. Featuring cups around the edge, the belt can provide an excellent level of resistance at a low cost. Designed to increase both strength and stamina, yet still fit easily in your gear bag!
"Why would you want to use resistance in your swimming training sessions?"
Why would you want to use resistance in your swimming training sessions? Well, it turns out that using resistance in the water can be a powerful way to make your workouts more effective. Plus, it’s not just swimmers who might use the water to work out. Athletes of all kinds can find huge benefits from resistance training in the water.
For a start, resistance training reduces the stress on your joints and muscles, due to the buoyant nature of the water itself. You can also expect to achieve the desired level of muscle tone considerably faster. And something that a lot of people finds useful: you will almost always burn more calories working out in this way, as it will take more muscle energy to push through the water - especially with the added resistance of the stretch cords.
Stretch cords easily provide the most resistance, drag shorts & tights probably look the best, and belts are the most convenient. All of the resistance accessories will certainly help build your strength and stamina, it's just a case of choosing the right one for you! If you want to build your stroke strength or your swimming technique, they might prove to be the essential item. Please be wary the first time you use resistance training accessories as it is common people under estimate the resistance they provide and occasionally get left stranded in the middle of the pool an-able to go much further.