Swim Bands….Not Just Another Swim Toy

Swim Bands….Not Just Another Swim Toy

Swim Bands – Why do coaches incorporate them into your workouts?  Do they love to see your ankles bleed?  The leg hair ripped out, the scars, and the mental torture?

Short answer is no, we aren’t into torture (or we won’t readily admit it), but we are into helping our athletes become stronger and faster swimmers.

How do swim bands help our swimmers?

One of the first things to notice is that the bands will quickly show the athlete how their kick is destabilizing their trunk, or somewhere above the hips they are causing their legs to move in directions that are not conducive to swimming in a linear fashion with minimal deviation.  The athlete needs to be aware of where their head is turning while breathing, the timing of their stroke, and whether or not their kick is being used as a stabilizing reaction versus a propulsion force.

Bands will also help the athlete build strength, and with bands taking the legs out of the equation it helps to increase stroke turnover.  Band swimming is similar to a runner running up a hill.  Where the body position improves (chest and head will automatically balance the swimmer to get the legs up), and the more strokes you take to keep legs up and your body moving forward increases strength.  The increased stroke rate helps the swimmer to become more aggressive in their races as well.

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To the athletes racing this weekend:

Jimmy Sosinski and Scott Ahrendt at Ironman Lake Placid

Bob Mina at Worlds Qualifiers for Dragon Boat Open Premier

Breath and enjoy your day!

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RACE RESULTS OF
ALL ATHLETES

  • June Races
  • Rock Hall International
    Chris Vaughan 3rd AG (30" PR)
    Elizabeth Carroll 2nd in AG
  • Conquer the Cove 25k
    Kate Moga 2nd AG and PR
  • Raleigh 70.3
    Steven Albert PR (6:55)
    Rose Hall Hoyle at 6:25
  • Buffalo Oly Tri
    Veronica Bondi 1st in AG
  • DK 100 Miler
    Drew Holton 1st Male overall
  • Naylors Beach Sprint
    Nick Husson (1:11) 3rd overall
    Sierra Huber(1:30) 1st AG
  • Victoria 70.3
    Drew Holton in 4:50 for 14th ag
  • Boulder 70.3
    Abby Sanford in 5:26 (PR) and 9th AG
  • Eagleman 70.3
    Brielle Lizmi, 5:14 and 9th AG
    Donna German 6:47
    Christopher Stock , 4:18, 1st Amateur!!
    Liz Schieber, 5:55
    Debi Weber Bernardes, 6:23
  • Jamestown Oly
    Brian Quintana, 2nd AG and 2:18
  • Sprint Tri in NC
    Rose Hoyle in 1:27
    Andrew McKechnie in 5:56
  • Pride 5k
    Sharon Jessup 30" PR
  • 2k Lake Anna Swim
    Ciara Graves 1st AG!