February 27, 2010
Have you ever experienced that frustrating problem of how to count laps while you swim? Whether you're preparing for a triathlon, training for swim team, or just swimming laps for fitness, it can be confusing when you're halfway through a swim set and you lose track of how many laps you've completed.
Let's face it – not everybody has a swim lap counter standing at the edge of the pool telling you how many lengths you've finished. Not only does not being able to count laps throw off your calculation of how fast you're swimming, but it also affects your ability to focus and to gauge swim pace and intensity.
So here's a good way to count laps while you're swimming: a new company called “Swimovate” has developed a special kind of wrist-watch style computer called a “The Pool-Mate”. This watch is a completely automatic lap and stroke counter for swimmers that works in any size of pool, allowing the swimmer to concentrate on just…swimming!
I'm guessing that it contains some type of motion sensor and software to automatically recognize each swim stroke and change of lap. Either way, the most important thing is that you don't have to count swim laps anymore. During your workout, “The Pool-Mate” will display number of laps completed (up to 99), total time, average strokes per lap, speed, distance, calories and efficiency. You can also time your rest periods between sets, get individual data for each set, and gather statistics for your whole workout.