A pull buoy is a float that fits between your thighs and helps your legs float better. The idea is that it helps keep your legs afloat, which means you can concentrate on the upper body part of your freestyle stroke without worrying about your lower limbs sinking. Swimming with a pull buoy can also be used in conjunction with a set of hand paddles as a way to focus on your catch and pull through.
These attach to your hands to create a bigger surface area for the catch-and-pull phase of the freestyle stroke. Not only do they provide a more challenging upper body workout, but they also help you feel how well you're grabbing hold of the water and propelling yourself. Be careful, though, because overusing hand paddles can lead to shoulder injuries. If you are not used to them, ease in gradually.
These swim-specific snorkels allow you to focus on your stroke without you having to turn your head to breathe. A swimmers snorkel has several benefits, including:
- Balancing out your stroke if you have an overly dominant side
- Helping you eliminate excess body roll
- Improving your stroke turnover
- Allowing you to focus on your stroke and your kick technique.
A simple float allows you to focus on the kicking element of your freestyle swimming. You essentially hold it out in front of you - and kick and propel yourself along with your feet, ankles and legs. A powerful kick improves body position as well as providing good propulsion
Fins instantly improve your balance and leg propulsion. They're invaluable because they give you enough propulsion so that you can perform difficult swim drills without feeling like you're drowning. Then, once you've got the hang of your swim drills with fins, you're in a better place to start incorporating what you've learned into your normal stroke. You can also use them in conjunction with a kick float to supercharge your kick workouts.
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