In this week’s blog we are catching up with our ambassador Adam Conquest who has been trying out our Short Blade fins and he has let us know how he has found them and how he incorporates them into his regular routine.
Why use swimming fins?
Fins are a must have for all swimmers! Well that’s what my 'part fish part human' friends told me, turns out they might be right! My new Zoggs Ultra fins have added a heap of value and variety to my training/swimming. They've helped strengthen my leg and core muscles, I’ve started to see improved ankle flexibility, and best of all they increase the enjoyment of swimming!
Let’s get into a bit more detail.
How do you choose swimming fins?
Okay......So I’ve got a pull buoy......paddles......kick board.......its time to invest in some fins....so what fins did I choose?
I went with the Zoggs Ultra Short fin blade……why?
Shorter fins give a more realistic feeling of speed and help refine stroke technique while delivering maximum cardiovascular conditioning…..As opposed to the longer fins which traditionally you might see with people snorkelling or for some recreational activity.
The other plus about the Zoggs Short Blade fins is that they’re made from silicone which are significantly softer and more comfortable on your feet as opposed to rubber fins……and I’m pleased to say no blisters or rub marks have appeared!
Oh….and did I mention the compact design means they fit in your swim bag super easy.
If you want a longer comparison of long and short blade fins click here
How do you swim in fins?
Over the past weeks I’ve used these both in the pool and also the ocean.
In the pool:
Stroke technique: Simply using the fins gives you the opportunity to focus on your stroke without having to worry about propulsion as much from your kick. Try a drill like catch-up or just focusing on extending the length of your stroke.
Kicking Technique: Think about shorter kicks driving from the hips.
Cardio: Grab the kick board, throw the flippers on and punch out some 25m’s or push the length up to 50m’s when you what to feel that lactic burn.
In the ocean:
The short blade are a great ‘throw on’ if you need some extra confidence in the ocean…….be it some added floating, propulsion or that touch of extra speed to keep up with some faster swimmers.
Not to mention if you want some power to pull onto a wave a bit early…….because who doesn’t love a body surf at the end of an ocean swim.
What not to enjoy about these fins……the perfect addition to a pool or beach visit…..or even a dress up when you need to come up with webbed feet
It’s time to get your fins, not sure what size fins to get? Check out our Fins size guide