Stationary Swimming with StretchCordz!
StretchCordz Stationary Swimming Products
With warmer weather around the corner, many swimmers are itching to find ways to get in the water and swim! But when backyard pools are either above ground or only long enough for 1 or 2 strokes, it can be tough to get in a proper swim workout.
We may have a solution for you!
StretchCordz have products specifically made for working out in shorter pools! Their Longbelt and Shortbelt Resistance Bands can be anchored to a fixture on the pool deck and come with a super soft neoprene wrapped belt that goes around your waist and the band allows you to swim against a varying level of resistance to keep you in one spot! The bands come in several different resistances; you can check out our Dryland StretchCordz Guide [here] for information on what resistance level would be good for you! We have some details on which products are best for what purpose, longbelts and shortbelts are designed for similar uses, but have a couple distinct differences. We have also answered a few FAQs as well. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to a TAS representative if you have more questions! Our Swim Experts are always happy to help! You can contact us by phone, email, or through our online chat system. Contact details below.
Swim Expert Tip: If you are wanting to really improve your technique, combine these stationary swim workouts with an underwater mirror that you place right underneath you on the bottom of the pool. This will allow you to actually see what you are doing with your strokes and make adjustments right away! Combine this with your regular training equipment, such as: snorkels, paddles, and even your kickboard for a full swim workout in the comfort of your own backyard!
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Longbelt vs Shortbelt – Which one is right for me?
- What is the difference between the long and short belt?
- The long belt is used to add resistance when swimming to improve strength and stamina. It works best in a full length pool as the swimmer can usually swim all the way to the other end, and then sprint back. It can be used for stationary swimming as well.
- The short belt is used for more stationary swimming as well as push-off drills. This is the perfect option if you are limited to swim in a small pool.
- What tension to choose?
- These follow a similar guideline to the dryland cords we carry.
- Checkout the chart that breaks down each colour with a range of tension.
- From our own experience this is what we would recommend.
- Silver: 11-12 year old, novel swimmer.
- Yellow: 12-13 year old, more experienced swimmer training 5+ times a week.
- Green: 13-16 year old. Older provincial to national level swimmers. Experienced with strength training.
- Red: 17+ strong older mature swimmers, experienced with weight training.
- However, for the shortbelt we recommend the higher resistance to more experienced swimmers (training 5+ times a week.)
- What if the tension I want is not available?
- Similar to the dryland cords, if the exact tension you want is not available you are able to compensate by going up or down and adjust the workout.
- For example, if you have to choose a lighter tension for the short belt, it means you will likely get more distance/stretch but you will still be able to do the same style of drills. You could also do stationary kicking with a board or pulling with a pull bouy if you are using a lighter resistance.
- Is there any other equipment I can use with one of these belts?
- Absolutely! Check out our ‘Stationary Swimming section on our website. We also have few recommendations for equipment you can try:
- Use a belt with a lighter tension and work on kicking with a kickboard, sculling, or 1 arm drills.
- With the higher tension belts, put some fins on and work on your power and sprints!
- One of the best tools for swimming with a belt is the snorkel! Switch things up and focus on head position.
- For those really interested in perfecting their technique, consider purchasing an under-water mirror. There’s no better way to fix your technique than being able to watch yourself stroke by stroke, especially when swimming on the spot!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this! We truly appreciate your support during these times!
We hope this helps you keep in shape until we are ready to get back in the pools! See you on the pool deck soon!