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1/7/10 10:21 P

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Someone suggested I try the Aqua Sphere training fins:
www.swimoutlet.com/product_p/5265.ht
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When I swam in the zoomers, I worked my legs off, they fit snug but ok and I can feel the front seam with my toes. My Speedoís were more comfortable but I thought I could do the zoomers. Well I tried the zoomers again, same results until I took them off to do another drill. Once I got them off, there was no way I could get them back on and after 5 minutes, I just gave up and put my Speedoís on.

I went to the swim shop and tried the same size on, they felt it was too snug and may cause my feet to cramp, swell or both. I think my feet swelled from the snug fit which is why they would go back on plus they say I should be feeling the seam under my toe. I tried the next size up and it was too big. I tried swim booties with it but it felt weird. Swim shop said I would have to get use to it. I didnít buy the zoomers but still considering it.

I tried the zoomers 2 as well and it was so uncomfortable and the opening was painfully rubbing the top of my foot. Zoomers 2 have the top opening underneath.

Lovey

Edited by: TDSLOVEY at: 1/7/2010 (22:22)
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1/7/10 7:25 P

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Lovey,

We use long fins when we use fins - I think the idea is to stabilize your body so you can concentrate on your stroke - I used them for whole workouts while I was doing catchup drills to retrain my shoulders/arms from a bad stroke.

For concentrating on your kick, use a kick board, which will stabilize you so you can pay attention to the kick.

I'm guessing you got a good workout with the new fins because it was different, and once you get used to them, your legs will get the same benefit as with the older ones. Just my opinion. I'm also not sure that the same muscles used with fins are the ones you need for a regular kick. I know my leg motion seems different with fins.

Good luck, and wow - you have great goals for this year!

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I know I definitely donít want longer fins. I have tried them and they were super comfortable and super easy. Too easy wonít help me improve my kick.

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Sorry Lovey, I can't be of much help. I use my underwater hockey fins, which are basically snorkeling fins. But if you want to ask your coach about using longer fins, I use Mares Plana Avantis. You can sometimes find them on sale for around $40.

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Hi,
My swim coach strongly recommends fins and uses them in specific drills for about 25% of our workout.

I have a horrible kick and it is slooowly getting better. That inefficient kick forced me to use a lot upper body strength causing me to tire easily. When I started and did kickboard drills without fins I went backwards. Now I go forward very slowly and I still struggle.
Sometimes she has me do extra kicking drills alternating with and without fins.

Anyway, I currently use Speedo Optimus Training Fins
I was looking for zoomers last year but they were out and these were the next shortest ones. They fit comfortably and work great. I still feel my legs get a workout during the fin kicking drills.

I finally tried Zoomers Swim Fins in class on Tuesday. OMG! My legs seem to have to work so much harder and it took me longer (25% longer) to finish a lap with the zoomers than it did with the Speedo's. Not only did my legs feel like they got a workout but every muscle in my thighs felt it then and throughout the day. I swim at 6am and I run (short runs) at 6pm the same day. I was able to run a 5K distance but later I was so so exhausted.

Because my kick is what I am struggling on, the swim coach suggested that since my legs worked harder in the zoomer fins I may want to think about switching to them.

Speedo Optimus Training Fins
www.swimoutlet.com/product_p/1647.htm

Finis Zoomers Swim Fins
www.swimoutlet.com/product_p/1267.htm

Anyone used various fins and can give me some insight on which would be better?
Should I switch?

Lovey


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