Technology today has helped to revolutionize training for competitive swimmers. There are so many gadgets for swimmers to use while training and competing. Smartphones are just one more tool in a swimmers arsenal. Smartphones can help a swimmer analyze data, learn different techniques and keep them current on events and meets with their mobile apps. Some apps are not worth the time it takes to download them, but others I discovered are a great way to get a little extra help. Here are the mobile apps I found most effective for swimmers.
Meet Mobile is at the top of my list of mobile apps. Developed by Active Network, this app is great for not only swimmers, but coaches and fans as well. It is used to support both small and large scale swim meets. It has all the data a swimmer could ask for: psych sheets, heat sheets, and real-time results from all over the world. I like that you can keep track of your competition and see where you stack up, helps motivate me. I can also see lane assignments and event times, so I don’t need to run around to see about any last minute changes – another plus in my book. Best of all, it doesn’t drain your battery and it’s free! Although there is a fee if you want to view the heat sheets, depending on the host.
Next on my list is an app I love using to follow my workouts: Swimming Log Pro, by Alex Rastorgouev. The app costs just $1.99 and is easy and effective for studying training data. You can input time, swim style and distance, then review the results. This app lets me visualize my numbers and give me a clearer picture of what I need to work on. I can see which swim styles I excel at (the butterfly) or what distances I need more stamina for (500m). There’s even a journal to record my thoughts and insights on my sessions. It helps me to set future goals and tailor my workouts accordingly. This app is for iPhone, iPad an iPod touch only.
Swim Meet Checklist is the latest app I’ve downloaded, and it is one of my all-time favorites. I was constantly forgetting things for meets, to the point where I had two sets of everything: one at home and one in the car. It was time consuming and expensive to pack twice, but now I don’t have to. Swim Meet Checklist is on Android and costs only $0.99. It provides you with a list of everything you will need for your meet. The app has 45 items already loaded, and you can add more. You can use one of their existing lists, edit it or make a completely new checklist if you want. There’s an alarm feature you can set to remind you of things to do. I like that you can add notes to an item so you’ll know why you have an item on your list weeks after you created it and set priority levels to each item.
I have never been happier since I started using these mobile apps. They help relieve the pressure that comes with competing and have made y workouts more enjoyable. I really feel like I’ve made advancements in my performance that wouldn’t have been possible without them.