Technique Tips: How to Use Training Fins

At Zoggs, we’re passionate about all things swimming and that’s why we produce a range of swimwear, swimming aids and equipment that’s designed to help you make the very most of your swim time.

Some of the most popular swimming aids we provide are training fins and if you haven’t tried them yet, here’s a brief guide to how they work and what the benefits are:

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What are training fins?

Made from lightweight, flexible rubber, training fins slip onto your feet much like flippers.

However, although they will propel you smoothly through the water at speed and can be used recreationally just like flippers, Zoggs training fins have been ergonomically designed to help you actually train to be a stronger, faster, more confident swimmer.

During your swim, these short fins reduce muscle fatigue to help you extend your swim-time and limit the potential for post-swim cramps developing so you can recover from your exercise, sport or fun swim quickly and comfortably.

Why use training fins?

Anyone who swims regularly will slowly build up their physical strength and develop the techniques necessary to be a safe, confident, strong, distance swimmer. Training fins are a fun and clever aid that help speed up that process to get you really swim-fit, fast.

Wearing fins helps you to focus on your kicking movements and as you perfect and master the kick-stroke technique and rhythm of butterfly, backstroke and freestyle, Zoggs training fins create additional, equally distributed resistance in the water to make your legs work harder.

This builds your core muscle tone, cardio and leg strength, and ankle flexibility to help you develop a powerful kick, quickly.

How to wear training fins

It couldn’t be easier to add training fins into your regular swim routine. Available in adult sizes 1 to 12, Zoggs Ultra Blue Finz feature a lightweight, open-toe shoe design complete with short-blade fins that are compact, comfortable and suitable for any stroke.

Just slip your feet in and you’re ready to go. However, because they’re made of soft-grip rubber, it’s often easier to put training fins on when they, and your feet, are wet. Simply rinse them in the showers on your way into the pool or in the water itself.

Swimming with training fins

Training fins are designed to help you improve your kicking technique so you don’t need to worry about adopting any particular new leg movements.

However, if you’re used to swimming without fins they can feel a little strange at first so while you’re getting use to them, focus on kicking from the hips, controlling your leg movements and flicking the ankles at each leg extension to get the best results.

In addition to training fins, we supply other training aids to help you develop your swim technique and endurance including hand paddles, kickboards and pull buoys.

For all the equipment and advice you need to excel in the water, simply explore our product range or check out the tips and informative guides right here in the Zoggs, Life in the Fun Lane, swimming blog.