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    Question Use of fins in workouts

    I'm new to this site and joined USMS last week. It's been >30 years since I last competed. I've used the site to look at sample workouts. My question is: Why do most workouts include sets using fins? I assume you could do more distance in shorter times, but not sure what the benefit is. Can anyone give me some insight?

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    Re: Use of fins in workouts

    Fins are supplemental equipment occasionally used within conditioning sets. I personally find fins very useful for performing stroke improving drills. They also allow swimming at race pace to help one minimize speed induced drag

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    Re: Use of fins in workouts

    What Steve said ^^^. Plus, I like to use them on occasion when I've been working my arms/shoulders a lot and want to focus more on legs. It takes some of the strain off the shoulders while you still can get speed.
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    Re: Use of fins in workouts

    There are Sooooooooo many threads about this topic, that I just can't see my way clear to weigh in yet again! Suffice to say, some like 'em, and some don't!


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    Re: Use of fins in workouts

    I'd suggest you ask the author of teh workouts you are referencing what the purpose of them is.

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    Re: Use of fins in workouts

    Our coach has us use fins as a tool to increase effort AND speed in certain sets. We don't use them to add yardage.

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