There are few things more fun, for all ages, than the joys of a water slide! With some truly impressive slides to be found around the world, the team here at Zoggs have picked out some of the coolest and breath-taking water slides that are
The Aspire Channel Swim is back! Aspire is a national charity offering practical support for those with spinal cord injuries. The Aspire Channel Swim is now in its 16th year and is running from 14th September - 7th December, where swimmers will complete 22 miles within 12 weeks!
Here are ten great reasons to take on the challenge:
1. Swimming is a great fitness choice as it’s a low-impact workout for the whole body. Because it’s easy on your joints, it is perfect for just about everyone, especially those who have physical limitations or who find other forms of exercise painful.
2. Resistance training can help build strong muscles and reduce body fat. As water is denser than air, every movement made in water is against a greater resistance.
3. Swimming enables you to work the whole body at the same time unlike most gym equipment that only works on isolated muscle groups.
We were approached about an incredible boy called Benjamin and just had to share his story! Benjamin is 8 years-old and is swimming the length of the River Trent within 6 months to raise money for When You Wish Upon A Star, a charity whose aim is to grant the wishes of children between the ages of 2 - 16 years old living with life threatening illnesses.
We asked Benjamin a few questions about this fantastic challenge.
So Benjamin, what made you decide to swim an amazing 185 miles? "I decided on swimming the 185 mile River Trent challenge as I wanted something bigger than last year's 21 miles and I wanted to push myself and have a reason to go to the swimming pool."
Your swims began a few months ago, how far have you swum so far? "I am at 75 miles so far and swimming most days. On 1st August I swam a mile an hour for 5 hours."
Wow, great job! Where have you been doing your swims, have any friends or family been joining you? "I swim at Hucknall Leisure Centre most of the time and my mummy swims with me in the morning and daddy when he's not at work.
We had an exhausting but exhilarating swimming class this week learning butterfly. It’s not a stroke we touch upon too frequently, and ordinarily it’s just a small element of a class, but this week, it was all about the fly. At the beginning of the class I was a little bit nervous, but excited too. It’s one of those strokes that is scary but fun at the same time. When done correctly it looks amazing, almost like the swimmer is flying through the water, probably where it got its name!
The class was very tiring, butterfly is an aerobic stroke and also not one that we were used to swimming, so it did feel like a harder class than usual. We did a series of drills using fins that included dolphin kick, dolphin kick with breathing timed to the kick and one-arm pull - this is not a typo - probably the hardest drill of them all! And then finally, onto full stroke with fins before going fin-free.
The majority of the class was taken up by the drills, but we did move onto fin-free full stroke towards the end of the class. Previously, I’ve only managed to do three quarters of a length of full stroke without fins, so I was really delighted to manage two lengths, albeit with a bit of a breather in-between!
There were a few tips that I picked up during the class which I think are worth sharing with those of you that are learning butterfly as a beginner:
Relax Easier said than done, but it really does help. If you can relax, you will find that the stroke will almost fall into a natural rhythm.