This week’s paddle review focuses on a new product from a new player in the equipment field: the A3 Fusion Performance Paddle from All-American Aquatics.
Most of us LOVE paddles for the power they provide and for the way they make us feel. The problem is… with most paddles, when you take them off, you’re immediately left with a feeling of loss. The loss of power, and especially that wonderful feeling that your arm has now become a stick.
The Finis Freestyler Hand Paddle has been on the market for several years. As the name implies, this paddle has a very specific use, and after trying it for the other strokes, we’ve concluded that Finis is right… this is a FREESTYLE paddle.
Paddles. Swimmers and coaches either love ’em or hate ’em, but you can’t avoid ’em. Paddles have been a part of swimming for a LONG time, and will continue to be. Nearly every Olympic swimmer for the past 30 years has used some sort of paddle on a regular basis.
To swim a great IM, you need to have more than endurance and technically sound strokes. You need the ability to transition quickly from one stroke to another. That means fast transition turns, of course, but it also means getting into the cadence or rhythm or “groove” of the next stroke as quickly as possible. Here’s a Tempo Trainer set that will get you up and going – especially on backstroke and freestyle.
Just when you think you’ve run out of fun ways to play in training, someone will convince you to READ the manual that comes with the tools you already use. The Tempo Trainer is a perfect example of this.
Here’s a fun and challenging backstroke set that can help you explore the stroke rates of the champions.
Stroke count, stroke length, and glide are important in swimming, but the overriding KING of efficient swimming is rhythm. One of the best tools for developing a sense of rhythm is the Tempo Trainer by Finis. Here’s a fun, challenging breaststroke kick set that uses the Tempo Trainer to help you develop a smoother, more efficient rhythm.
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