Six Essential Swim Gear Tools To Make You A Stronger Swimmer

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In this video, I show you the essential tools that will help you become stronger in the water – whether you're just getting started in swimming, you wan an alternative to a weight training workout, or you want to get faster for swim competition, triathlon, or open water swimming.

Some of the stronger swimming resources I mention in the video include:

Finis Freestyle Paddles

Zoomers Fins

Swim Parachute or a Drag Suit

Pull Buoy


Underwater Mp3 Player

The stronger swimmer workout that I do with these tools goes like this:

-200-500 meter warm-up

-200m paddles + pull buoy

-200m freestyle

-200m kickboard + fins

-200m freestyle

-8x25m sprints with drag suit or parachute

-200m freestyle

-Recover 10-30 seconds between sets. One circuit=1000m. Repeat 0, 1, 2 or 3x depending on desired distance.

Questions, comments or feedback? Swimming tools I forgot to mention? Leave your comments below!

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14 thoughts on “Six Essential Swim Gear Tools To Make You A Stronger Swimmer

  1. Stevan says:

    Hi Ben, do you ever recommend using a drag suit in training? I have a baggy size 38 square cut speedo suit that I’m not using at all. Do you think it would be a good idea to punch a bunch of holes in it to create my own drag suit?

  2. michael says:

    Who has a Drag + Fly?

    Geoff Huegill – Five time world champion swimmer and dual Olympic Silver and Bronze medallist
    Brett Hawke – Dual Olympian – Swimming, Head Coach Auburn University
    Kylie Palmer – Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist 200m Freestyle
    Dan Marsden – Dual Olympian – Water Polo, former Australian Captain
    Wolf Wigo – Olympian – Water Polo, former USA Captain
    Rafael Sterk – Triple Olympian – Water Polo
    Toby Jenkins – Olympian – Water Polo
    Rob Maitland – Olympian – Water Polo

    Mark Stevens – Former Captain of the Stanford Swim Team – FINNIS executive
    Meagan Nay – Olympic swimmer, Australian Record holder

    Trent Patten – Triathlete and elite swim coach

    Kan Aoyagi – Japanese National Water Polo Team

    Brendan Capell – World Champion Open Water swimmer

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    1. Michael, you should send me one to try.

  3. Marcellus Shale Jobs says:

    Swimming definitely tones your body but the chemicals in the pool can play havoc on your hair and skin, making them look dull and lifeless.

  4. Pam says:

    Good writing and presentation. I will surely be back.

  5. DisneyWorldPackages says:

    thanks, ben. this is quite a post. my brother is a swimmer and i'm sure he'll find this helpful.

  6. Zomber says:

    Best way to breathe? Exhale through mouth AND nose while face is in water or just nose?

    1. lightly through mouth is ideal.

  7. George Mike says:

    Love this article. You summarise your ideas very well. Keep up the good work. I have been google about Swim Gear Tools for my own reference. When come to swimming, I am a newbie, just took a swimming lesson few days ago. Thanks for sharing.

    Best regards,
    George, visual impact muscle building

  8. alex miller says:

    Thanks for he article. I wonder, have you ever heard of swimmers also called "overhead athletes" the same way as baseball pitchers? This is a question in relation to shoulder injuries.


  9. They're pretty similar to the Zoomer ones I use, as they provide resistance on both upstroke and downstroke.

  10. Bill says:

    What is the difference between the Finis Freestyle Paddle & the TYR Catalyst Paddle? Just curious if it's worth the upgrade. Thanks & enjoy the videos!

    1. Freestyle automatically directs your hands into the correct position and forces you into high elbow. They're better for sure.

  11. Jennifer says:

    Ben, I have a pair of hydro finz. See them at Have you ever used them? I am wondering if they work as well at improving my kick and swim as the ones you recommend in this post and the link. What do you think?

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