Hi and welcome to SimplySwim.com. Today we're going to be discussing the
use of fins, looking at why we use them, the benefits of using them, and
giving you our top tips.
Fins are a training aid that are designed to be worn on the feet. They come
in a very wide range of styles, shapes, and sizes, including fin lengths
such as short fins, long fins, split fins, and monofins. Fins are designed
to improve your lower body strength, improve your ankle flexibility, and
also allow you to train a lot faster.
The benefits of using swim training fins. So we know that fins are great for use in
developing your lower body strength, but they also have a number of other
swim benefits. Ankle flexibility is a real benefit of swimming with fins as
the fins put extra force in your ankles. By improving the flexibility in
your ankles, your butterfly leg kick will be much more efficient, and so
you can improve all strokes distance off the wall. Fins allow you to
maintain a better body position easily so you can focus on other areas of
your technique that need improvement, whether this be body rotation, arm
technique, or breathing pattern.
Using fins makes your training much more time efficient as you'll fatigue
faster and so not be able to train for as long. It's great if you still
want to train hard but are under a time pressure.
So our top tips for wearing fins. Tip number one, work at a distance off
the wall. You'll really see the improvements and feel the difference in
your races. And don't forget, you're allowed up to 15 meters underwater
from a start to a turn, so maximize this in training.
Many people think you can't wear fins when you're swimming breaststroke.
You can, just work butterfly legs instead of breaststroke legs so you'll
get a really good upper body and lower body workout.
Don't dive off the side when wearing your fins as this puts you at a slip
risk. Normally your feet grip onto the side, so you're at risk of injuring
yourself and others.
Try using your fins when using a kickboard. Your kickboard is going to give
you a good lower body workout anyway, so add onto this by wearing your
fins. It'll be much more intense.
Avoid using long fins or split fins in training. These require a slow
movement that's great for scuba and snorkel use but not great for elite