Incorporating Paddles and Buoy into your swim training by Coach Mina
Using paddles for swimming has been a long time debate of good vs. bad. There has been a lot of controversy saying that using them is like a crutch. I feel they can be a great training tool if used correctly and not over used. Using paddles can help tremendously with form of stroke because you are forced to bring a high elbow out of the water and reach, which in turn assists in the rotation of the body needed to grab the water for a strong pull. With this being said take note that one should make sure you are entering the water at around 1 and 11 or even 2 and 10. Making sure to not cross center line (meaning your hand should not enter across your face). This helps prevent shoulder fatigue that could lead to injury. In triathlon if you can develop a strong upper body and efficient stroke, you can still have a great swim and save your legs for the bike and the run. Try to incorporate 20-30% of your workout as paddles and buoy. Mix it up between fast, moderate and easy pace.
Coach Mina Whitmer
BNG Performance Coach
USMS Certified Coach