Not everyone has the luxury of having a full-sized pool to properly train their swimming form, but with the proper tools, that shouldn’t stop anyone from still practicing in their home pools! There are a couple of options to do this. The first one is to have swim jets installed, and this option can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $30,000 to install, making them a really expensive option and out of reach for anyone who just wants a quick and easy way to properly train. The good thing is the second option is actually quite affordable (think under fifty bucks!) and it can get shipped to your door in a couple of days, and best of all no complicated installations involved.
What is a Swim Trainer Belt
A swim trainer belt is also known as a swim leash. It’s a very popular swimming aid that helps build strength and improve endurance. It’s also the perfect tool for uninterrupted practice when you want to develop your form. A swim trainer belt like the Water TechniX Swim Tether Pool Resistance Belt Trainer consists of two parts:
- The belt - the belt part of the swim trainer attaches to the waist and typically comes with a padded foam lining to make you forget that you’re wearing anything. Most belts come in specific sizes for different body types. The Water TechniX Swim Tether Pool Resistance Belt Trainer is adjustable, making it suitable for all body types! It can adjust from approximately 55cm on the smallest setting up to 110cm on the largest setting! One belt fits all users, comfortably if we may add.
- The leash / tether - The leash is designed to be strong enough to keep you tethered to one location but it should be elastic enough to provide a natural movement / feel to it. The Water TechniX Swim Tether Pool Resistance Belt Trainer is 2m in length (long enough to give you enough room to anchor it properly) and is tested to stretch up to 4 meters under full load, giving you a secure and comfortable swim session every single time.
Swimming for health and not just for fun
Yep, it’s good fun to splash around the pool and just cool off on those sweltering hot Australian days, but it can be a great addition to your exercise regimen as well! As we all know, swimming is one of the best low impact exercises in the world. It’s gentle on your joints but it can give you a full workout without putting too much stress on the rest of your body.
Little known fact: Hydrostatic Pressure
If you’re familiar with pool terminology at all, then you might already be familiar with this term. Hydrostatic pressure is the pressure that water exerts on a body. When we’re in the pool, there’s actually pressure being exerted on our bodies which makes our cardiovascular system work harder to pump blood through your system. Just standing neck-level in the pool can already do wonders for your cardiovascular health due to the hydrostatic pressure, and can you imagine how much a good workout does?
Let’s put that into perspective, if you have 80 beats per minute in the pool, your cardiovascular system is actually working the equivalent of 90 beats per minute due to the hydrostatic pressure that’s being exerted on your body!
How easy is it to use a swim trainer belt?
Well, reading this post will probably take longer than properly using a swim trainer belt! Simply wear the belt on your waist, adjust the velcro straps until it feels comfortable. Attach the leash to a really secure location like a post or a tree (no pool furniture!) and then practice your swimming form to your heart’s content! Here's our Pool Guru Tom with a quick overview on how to use the Swim Trainer Pool Resistance Belt.
Why every home should have a swim trainer belt
Unless you have an olympic-sized pool, it’s virtually impossible to properly practice your form at your home pool. The average pool length in Australia is anywhere between 5 meters to 7 meters (8 if we’re pushing it) and that’s not near enough to practice your form! It’s good enough for lap training, but if you’re looking for picture perfect form then a swim trainer belt is for you.
- It’s budget friendly - As we mentioned earlier, a swim trainer belt is under fifty dollars so there’s really no reason for you not to get one if you’re keen on practicing your swimming
- You can bring it anywhere - Whether using it at your home pool or if you’re going on a trip, you can strap on and practice your form without worrying about pool size.
- Peace of mind - When you’re tethered to one place, you can focus on improving your reach and catch. You can notice how your waist and hips are driving your stroke, how you can develop a more powerful kick, how you can fully extend your strokes without fear of bumping against the edge of your pool or accidentally slapping a hard surface and breaking a finger or two!
- Build endurance - Since you're anchored to one place, you can concentrate on just keep going on and on, without interruptions of turning around or bumping into other people in the pool.
- Practice different strokes - With the Water TechniX Swim Tether Pool Resistance Belt trainer, you can practice any stroke you want. From freestyle, butterfly, and even to your backstroke, as long as you’re tethered securely with the belt, you can practice to your heart’s content! And as an added bonus, you can also work on your kick strength and technique as well!
Bonus: Improving your workout
Aside from getting a Water TechniX Swim Tether Pool Resistance Belt Trainer to improve your swimming form, you can also get some ankle weights and dumbbells to take your pool workout to the next level! These weights and dumbbells are designed to safely be used in the pool. So if you drop them, they won’t damage your pool surfaces. They’re also corrosion-free so you don’t have to worry about rust or other things to mess up your water balance!
Whether you’re training for a serious competition, wanting the proper form, or just wanting to get an efficient swimming session, the Water TechniX Swim Tether Pool Resistance Belt Trainer is the perfect accessory for you.
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Happy swimming :)