Are Fins Useful in Triathlon Swim Training?

Written by Kevin Koskella


One ofrepparttar most common questions I hear as a coach is, ďShould I use fins?Ē The answer depends largely on your goals, your skill level andrepparttar 144005 type of fins.

Often times, especially in masters swimming, swimmers wear fins merely to keep up with other swimmers in their lane, or to advance torepparttar 144006 fast lane and make tighter intervals. If you are strictly swimming for fitness, and do not care about your stroke technique, swim time, or energy conservation in a race, then this is a perfectly acceptable reason to use fins. Fins, especiallyrepparttar 144007 Zoomers-type, can help you go faster in a workout and burn more calories.

Most of us inrepparttar 144008 triathlon world are concerned with more than just fat burning. There are certain situations when itís appropriate to use fins during a workout. Fins can help build strength in your legs. They can also allow you to consume more oxygen during your swim, which enables you to supportrepparttar 144009 use of more muscle mass at greater intensity, and for a longer time. However, using fins on a regular basis forrepparttar 144010 desired effects of swimming faster and keeping from sinking inrepparttar 144011 water is ill advised.

If you have little or no kick, or your kick makes you go backwards

Olympic Swimming vs. Triathlon Swimming

Written by Kevin Koskella


While watchingrepparttar swimming events inrepparttar 144004 Olympics last week, I started thinking about how differentrepparttar 144005 freestyle stroke is (or should be) for Olympic sprinters and amateur triathletes.

Many people inrepparttar 144006 triathlon world think they need to just emulate Ian Thorpe to have a faster time, or have a similar stroke to Michael Phelps to cruise throughrepparttar 144007 swim. For most amateur triathletes, trying to learn from these swimmers is like trying to learn Portuguese when you really want to learn Spanish. There are similarities, but not enough to get you by.

Donít get me wrong- Thorpe, Phelps and many of their major competitors have some ofrepparttar 144008 best freestyles inrepparttar 144009 world, and parts of swimming science are based on things these guys do inrepparttar 144010 water.

The problem is, most ofrepparttar 144011 freestyle events inrepparttar 144012 Olympics are actually sprints.

The 50 is over before you can blink,repparttar 144013 100 is an all-out sprint, andrepparttar 144014 200 and 400 are both controlled sprints. The 800 is more of a middle distance event, whilerepparttar 144015 1500 (mile) is reallyrepparttar 144016 only pure distance swim inrepparttar 144017 meet. So can we learn fromrepparttar 144018 mile swimmers atrepparttar 144019 Olympics? Yes, a little. The swimmers generally have lower stroke counts, and arenít relying on their kick as much asrepparttar 144020 sprinters. But those swimmers donít have to do a long bike and run after they swim!

So, they can put everything into their swim, and their strokes come out looking a bit different than what we are teachingrepparttar 144021 beginning level, non-swimmer triathlete. Although we canít use a one-size-fits-all approach to freestyle strokes, there are many aspects I have pointed out that have helped triathletes all overrepparttar 144022 world that donít come from a swimming background:

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