Swimming with Fins: Training Aid or Cheating Aid?
The following are some of the reasons why swimming with fins might not be a good idea.
1) You need to learn how to swim fast without using your legs.
If you do it, then you will have no chance of reaching your goal.
2) You cannot get the same results if you wear them while running.
3) You may lose the feeling in your feet when wearing them.
When you go out into water, they become numb. This means that you cannot feel the bottom of the pool.
Even though it looks like there is a small hole at the bottom of the pool, but this does not mean anything because you cannot feel what lies beneath it.
4) They are uncomfortable to wear even after breaking them in.
You may have to put on new ones every time you want to use them. That’s a lot of effort!
5) They are not very comfortable for long periods of time.
For example, you can’t sleep with them on during the night. You may fall asleep easily due to their weighty nature.
(You don’t think about how your feet hurt. You think about how heavy the fin is).
6) Even though you can swim faster with the help of the fin, but you cannot maintain that speed for long.
This is due to the fact that your body is not used to it. You get tired quickly.
You have to constantly move your legs in order to move forward. When you are tired, it becomes even more frustrating!
Is there any advantage of using Swimming Fins?
This is why it’s important to know how to prevent it from happening.
What about swimming faster with the help of Swimming Fins?
It may seem like a good idea, but it’s not. If you swim too fast, you might experience a cramp in your legs or back. If you get tired, then you will not be able to finish your race.
How can I break in my Swimming Fins?
You can break in your swimming fins by doing the following:
1) Soak your fins in a bucket of warm water.
This will make them soft.
2) Put on the swimming fins and walk around in them.
You can wear them around the house.
3) After an hour, you can wear them to go swimming.
This will make them easy to use.
Now that you know everything about swimming with fins and how to break them in, it’s important to learn how to swim fast. We will discuss that in the next training guide.
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Fin shoe by W Louis – US Patent 2,980,926, 1961 – Google Patents
Swimming shoe by JKO Fredrick – US Patent 1,688,498, 1928 – Google Patents
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