A fairly new way of swimming training is Lifeguard training with an elastic band around your legs. In the gym you can also see that training with elastics has increased considerably in recent years, so now the trend has also blown over to swimming training. In this blog, I will explore the benefits of Lifeguard training with an elastic band around your legs. I also check out other swim elastics available on the market.
If you search for swim elastics, chances are that you will first come across so-called “swimming harnesses”. A swimming harness is actually a rope with a strap that you can tie around your waist. The end can be attached to the side of a swimming pool. This way you can also train in small pools. You could actually compare this with cycling on a bicycle trainer.
In addition to swimming harnesses, there are also special swimming elastics available that you can wear around your legs during swimming Lifeguard training. These elastics are often called a band. On some websites, you will also find swim elastics with ankle support. Below you can see some examples of swim elastics that you can use during Lifeguard training.
What are the functions of Lifeguard training with elastic bands?
Why is it becoming more and more popular among swimmers to train with elastics? Training with elastics has different functions. For example, you can use a band while training with a Pull Buoy. When you put the band around your ankles, there is less chance that you will get muscle cramps from tightening to keep the Pull Buoy in place. You can’t secretly use your legs to “kick”. Furthermore, you load different muscles than during normal training without aids and you are busy improving your swimming technique.
Training the correct swimming technique with the help of elastics
When your legs can no longer move in the water, they will sink faster. It costs you more strength and effort to keep your body as straight as possible and just below the surface of the water. Not only do you have to get more power from your shoulders and arms, but your core is also put to work. To stay straight in the water, you have to keep contracting the muscles in your core. So you train certain parts of the body more than during normal Lifeguard training without aids.
Indoor swimming: You need these swimming gear
When you train in a pool – whether in an outdoor or indoor pool – it is a lot easier to work on good swimming techniques than when you train in open water. You can place various swimming gear or swimming accessories on the edge of the pool that you can use for Lifeguard training. Here you can swim a certain number of lanes and then put it away again and possibly replace it with another swimming accessory. Below is a list of everything you need for swimming in a pool, from swimming training materials to flip flops.
There are actually two different swimsuits that you can wear while swimming. For example, you can opt for swimming trunks without legs and longer swimming trunks with short or long(err) legs. Swimming trunks with legs to the knees are also known as jammers. Nowadays you also see a lot of trunks, also called low waist swimming trunks. Boxers are swimming trunks with short legs. Finally, you have the swim briefs.
Bikini or Bathing Suit
During your swimming Lifeguard training, you can choose to wear a bathing suit or a special sports bikini. Well-known brands are of course Arena and Speedo. Finite’s colorful bikinis and bathing suits are also very popular among triathletes. You also have a lot of choices at the Decathlon. In addition to the “regular” bathing suits, there are also competition suits with longer legs and bathing suits with shorter legs.
When you swim in the open water and it is very sunny, it can be nice to wear goggles with dark-colored lenses. These have the same effect as sunglasses and ensure that the difference of light between underwater and above water is less great. This is not an issue in the indoor pool, so you can wear goggles with light lenses here. You can take this into account in the outdoor pool when it’s sunny!
If you have a lot of trouble with water in your ears while swimming, you can use swimming earplugs with lifeguard training. These are available in different shapes and sizes. In addition to the regular earplugs, you also have soft, malleable earplugs. You can tailor these earplugs to your exact size. Are you afraid that you will lose the swimming earplugs? Then you can also buy a special swimming headband to wear over your swimming earplugs to prevent ear infections or a swimmer’s ear.
You can use nose clamps if you suffer from water in your nose while swimming. The nose clip is also ideal if you are teaching the front crawl turning point. In the beginning, it often happens that water gets into the nose. Only later do you learn how and when to exhale underwater during the turning point?