Swim Question: New Swimmer and Swimming with Fins

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I am still pretty weak in the water and have a pair of Zoomers that I use for drills. What do you think of wearing fins to swim in the pool until I build up endurance?

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I am a new swimmer and was wondering something. I am still pretty weak in the water and have a pair of Zoomers that I use for drills. What do you think of wearing fins to swim in the pool until I build up endurance? Yay or nay? Just so you know - my plan is obviously to not swim with them eventually, but right now I am having problems getting up to speed to get my breathing and stroke down. I figure learn with the fins, then get up to the point that I can swim without them.

Answer

I can’t speak for the entire triathlon community, however, representing triswimcoach.com, I highly recommend the use of fins until you build up endurance!

Now, before you go thinking that I’m suggesting the use of “training wheels” in the pool, let’s get into how and why you should use fins as a beginner swimmer (or anyone who wants to improve stroke technique and endurance).

First, fins are beneficial in two ways:

  1. They allow you to perform drills properly without having to worry about kicking really hard and wearing yourself out. [.....]
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I'm at http://www.TriSwimCoach.com- a resource for beginning through intermediate level triathletes looking for help with swimming. The site features a free email newsletter offering tips and articles on triathlon swimming. I have also written an electronic book titled “The Complete Guide to Triathlon Swimming” and created "The Essential Triathlon Swimming DVD", both available on www.triswimcoach.com.

For a 20% DISCOUNT on Zoomers Z2 fins and Freestyler paddles, go to www.finisinc.com and use discount code ‘aggies20’ at checkout!

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I'm at http://www.TriSwimCoach.com- a resource for beginning through intermediate level triathletes looking for help with swimming. The site features a free email newsletter offering tips and articles on triathlon swimming. I have also written an electronic book titled “The Complete Guide to Triathlon Swimming” and created "The Essential Triathlon Swimming DVD", both available on www.triswimcoach.com.

For a 20% DISCOUNT on Zoomers Z2 fins and Freestyler paddles, go to www.finisinc.com and use discount code ‘aggies20’ at checkout!

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