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Lui
May 22nd, 2012, 08:15 AM
I occasionally use paddles, fins, pull buoy, kick board(a lot) and other stuff depending on my work out plan(which I usually get from this site).
I often read that some swimmers say NOT to use gear.

What's your take?

smontanaro
May 22nd, 2012, 09:35 AM
I used to use paddles. Then I lost them and never replaced them. A couple years ago I began to have shoulder issues. I see no reason in my current state to use paddles again. I have zoomers but don't use them all that much (more if my shoulders are sore). Board on occasion. Pull buoy, yes, but still less than I used to before shoulder issues. (I used to love my pull buoy.)

mlabresh
May 22nd, 2012, 11:19 AM
I have all the toys too. I use them quite a bit - I use the kick board in every work out, the pull buoy in probably 90% of them, paddles or gloves in most work outs, and fins in maybe half of them.

I only use my fins if I have a really long kick set or if the workout issued call for them (our coach provides work outs at practice). I use the kick board and pull buoy/paddles in warm ups but only in main sets if listed.

Allen Stark
May 22nd, 2012, 12:09 PM
I don't use paddles or a kickboard because of "twitchy"shoulders.I use fins a lot to work my legs harder,take the strain off my shoulders and for BR pull dolphin kick drills.I use a Finis snorkel a lot to work on body position,for kicking and for when my neck hurts:cane:.

Lui
May 22nd, 2012, 04:40 PM
I use fins a lot to work my legs harder,

What fins do you use? I have these short Zoomer type fins from Speedo which I rarely use. I used to swim at a pool where National swimmers trained and they had these larger type fins http://www.swimoutlet.com/product_p/23058.htm?color=12816.
I hardly use paddles, occasionally a pull buoy or just hold my feet still but I more or less use my kick board each time.

orca1946
May 22nd, 2012, 06:17 PM
I switch from med. to small paddles depending how my shoulders feel.

Allen Stark
May 22nd, 2012, 08:48 PM
What fins do you use? I have these short Zoomer type fins from Speedo which I rarely use. I used to swim at a pool where National swimmers trained and they had these larger type fins http://www.swimoutlet.com/product_p/23058.htm?color=12816.
I hardly use paddles, occasionally a pull buoy or just hold my feet still but I more or less use my kick board each time.

I found the Sporti fins to be too soft.I use http://www.swimoutlet.com/product_p/3825.htm?color=210 .I like longer fins because they help me keep better timing for BR pull/dolphin kick.

aquageek
May 23rd, 2012, 08:28 AM
The basic problem with toys is that they aren't used correctly. Too often people slap on the buoy/paddles/fins when they get tired.

iroger
May 24th, 2012, 12:54 PM
HI
I recently moved to Brazil and I am training exclusively in an outdoor non heated swimming pool. Summers are great but fall and winter get rather cold. I am rather skinny and intolerant of cold water. It makes the training miserable (everyday at 6 AM) and I can't wait to get out of the pool after 45 minutes swim. I also do open ocean swim but do not go out often and only do so when the water is warmer. I finally decided to buy a wetsuit for training in the swim pool but feel unsure of what to buy. I own a wetsuit for surfing and it is great for warmth but unpracticle for swimming (too stiff and too warm for training) . I would like to spend max 200 US$ for the wetsuit or swim skin. Water temperature must be around 18-20 Celsius (which is daily temperature at this time of year) but haven't measured specifically. Help anyone ? Would a vest do the job, should I buy a fulllenght wetsuit? will it last in the swim pool ?
Thanks
Isabelle

SwimmeringEar
August 26th, 2012, 11:26 PM
Hey Iroger. I'm not training for anything besides just getting exercise and having fun. I constantly use flippers, gloves, etc. in the pool but I do focus on making sure I keep proper form too.

I've been to lap pools I swear are quite colder than they should be so I just use a shorty (short arms/legs) wetsuit. Your water sounds colder or at the limit of what a short wetsuit (they're usually about 2-2.5mm thick) can work well in. My best guess is you either will want a shorty (if you are typically hotter and don't want to feel restricted a bit) or you will want a full suit that's 3mm/2mm (3mm in the body and 2mm at the arms / legs).

Just make sure you rinse your suit out in fresh water afterward and lay it flat to dry and it should last. A shorty you can get for about US$60-80 and a full suit is about $100-120. I would not bother with really expensive suits, you just want something made right + fits you. If you have a local dive shop it might help to ask them, but a little shopping and reading some reviews should help. My own personal opinion, I would get something that seems durable/stitched well and isn't expensive so when it breaks in a few years you can just get a new one or repair it with wetsuit glue. I know Cressi has some good suits that people use in the pool constantly for dive classes so those will hold up--they really all should. The only problem the chlorine should cause in addition to the kind of use you'd see in scuba diving is fading of the lycra. I think you'll at least get your money's worth out of it.