Competitive swimming comes down to thousandths of a second, so I’m always looking for gadgets and equipment that will help me keep my competitive edge. There are some really cool electronics on the market that can help a swimmer compete at their highest level. There’s no magical gadget to make you win every time, but there are instruments to help train more efficiently. Here are my top 3 must-haves to help you improve and make your training a little bit easier.
For me, keeping track of my different lap times can be frustrating and time consuming. I’d much rather be doing laps than trying to remember how many of them I did. That’s why I love The Chrono 100 by Splashwear Aquatics. For $39.90 you get a compact counter/stopwatch that works in depths up to 50 meters. It fits on your finger, so it’s light and easy to carry. Plus there’s a pause button, so if you need to stop mid-lap you can still get an accurate time for your lap. I found it to be a big help for me while I was training. I was able to go back and compare lap times to see where I needed to make adjustments and see which of my swim techniques needed tweaking.
Another electronic equipment I can’t live without, and you shouldn’t either, is the FINIS Aqua Pulse Heart Rate Monitor. There is nothing I find more disruptive when swimming than stopping to check my heart rate. Now I don’t have to: this monitor is worth every penny of its $129.99 price tag – although you can save a few dollars by buying online. Place the device inside your goggle strap, attach the clip to your ear lobe and start swimming. The monitor detects your heart beat through the blood flow in your earlobe and announce is out loud to you while you swim. You can also determine how often your heart rate is said aloud: from 10-second to 5 minute intervals. It allows you to focus on your form instead of your heart rate.
Last but certainly not least is every swimmers dream: the Amigo Fitness Bracelet which is currently in preorder at the time of writing. I know, you’re probably thinking: “why is this fitness bracelet such a big deal?” Well I’ll tell you: it’s actually a two-fold device: a bracelet for your wrist and a clip for your shoe so you can track both your upper and lower body movements! Now you can pinpoint which movements work by analyzing data for individual and combined body movements. This is perfect for getting your stroke as fluid as possible. They can also be worn and work independently, so you’re getting the most out of your money. It retails for about $200 and is a solid investment for dedicated swimmers.
These 3 electronic gadgets can help you make the most of your workout. You’ll spend less time recording your times/laps/vital signs and more time working on your problem areas. These gadgets are affordable, lightweight and easy to use, so you can put all your energy into getting ready for your next competition.