Swimming with Fins Versus Elite Swimmers

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This article is about the underwater sport. For the sport of swimming, see

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Finswimming is an underwater sport consisting of four techniques involving swimming with the use of fins either on the water's surface using a snorkel with either monofins or bifins (i.e. one fin for each foot) or underwater with monofin either by holding one's breath or using open circuit scuba diving equipment. Events exist over distances similar to swimming competitions for both swimming pool and open water venues. Competition at world and continental level is organised by the...

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Swimming is a great form of exercise. Some swimmers choose to add swim fins when hitting the water, changing things up and creating an entirely new swimming experience. Finning isn't for everyone, though you certainly might want to give it a try if you crave something a little different next time you head to the pool or the beach.

Swimming

Swimming provides you with a full-body, heart-healthy workout. Because the buoyancy of the water supports you while you swim, it's ideal for you if you're overweight or have trouble exercising due to joint pain. The water also provides resistance that helps you to burn calories while swimming; depending on your current weight and the type of strokes you do in the pool, you can burn between 240 and 480 calories or more for every 30 minutes you swim.

Finning

Using swim fins changes the mechanics of swimming, requiring you to move your legs and feet in different ways to provide propulsion through the water. The fins...

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Swimming fins, swim fins, flippers, or just fins are all names for the same rubber or plastic footwear pieces worn by individuals participating in watersports. Considered an important training tool for competitive swimmers as well as an essential piece of gear for SCUBA divers and snorkelers, using swimming fins is specific to each activity. There are several types of fins used for each purpose as well as specific training techniques. Before purchasing swimming fins, swimmers should learn how to use them and understand the various types.

How to Use Swimming Fins

The basic ways in which a person uses swimming fins varies depending on the ultimate purpose of the fins. In competitive swimming, they are training tools, while in watersports, such as SCUBA and snorkeling, they are essential pieces of equipment.

Using Swimming Fins for Competitive Training

There are several benefits to training for competitive swimming with swim fins. In terms of...

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If you are used to swimming in a pool, you might not have experience with fins. When you first try them, they may be hard to put on or feel awkward, especially if you’re walking down the beach in them. But don’t give up. Fins offer swimmers many benefits, including added power for your legs and protection for your feet.

Donning a pair of fins can increase your swimming speed by 50 percent, according to Snorkeling.com. They also make your legs stronger. The added resistance of fins builds strength in your quadriceps and hamstrings. Many swimmers focus more on upper body strength than lower. Wearing fins helps bring greater attention to your legs, which consist of the largest muscles in your body. Exercising these large muscles reaps great cardiovascular benefit.

When you wear fins, keep some things in mind for safety. If you get caught in a strong tide, your fins will give you added power to escape. They also...

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Swimming fins are designed to help swimmers develop a more powerful kick, increase their kick tempo, and improve ankle flexibility. They also help swimmers move through the water faster, which makes them a very attractive piece of swim equipment. Since fins for lap swimmers come in a wide array of styles that vary in length, stiffness, and heel design, this guide helps swimmers choose the fins that best meet their swim practice needs.

Training Fins

The length of the fin blade has a big impact on how it will affect a workout. The longer the blade, the more resistance there will be in the water. That means that the legs have to work harder, but that the swimmers also kicks at a slower rate. Each fin blade length serves a slightly different purpose, explained below.

Short fins create resistance in the water while forcing the swimmer to use a faster kick, making them ideal for freestylers and backstrokers. Short fins also help swimmers develop proper...
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You might wonder about those fin-dependent swimmers as you tough it out lap after lap without propulsion aids, but also wonder if you would be better off donning flippers during workouts. Swim fins come in many shapes and sizes that help specific aspects of your swimming. Using them every time you get in the pool can negate their benefits, however, as can using them the wrong way.

Fin Basics

Owen Churchill designed the first modern rubber fins in the 1930s, adapting the woven palm frond swimming aids worn by Tahitians. Former Olympic champion Adolph Kiefer tested the fins and later sold them through his catalog and specialty store. Open-water swimmers, scuba divers and military personnel use long, flexible fins to move quickly and efficiently through and under the water. Fitness and competitive swimmer add fins to their workouts to increase the workload on their legs and hone their technique.

Shapes and Sizes

Swim fins come in many different shapes...

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These award winning swim training short fins are Australian Designed. DMC ELITE SWIM Fins are the World's most sought after swimming training fins. Designed for swim training by the most renowned Australian Swim Product Company - DMC SWIM. These swim Training Short fins are made from SILICONE and are super comfortable with much less chance of abrasion than rubber swim fins. These swim training short fins by DMC are great for Lap swimming and particularly Serious Swim Training Used by many Olympic Class Swimming Athletes in Training and Warm Ups.

Wondering what size you are? Check this out

DMC SWIM Fins are used by Australian and International Olympic Swimming Team Members. The superior quality DMC Swim training short fins have been specifically designed to be moulded in silicone to avoid any kind of abrasion. The principal function of the DMC SWIM Fins is to enable anyone from a novice to an Olympic standard swimmer to achieve an exact kick balance while using...
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TRAINING FINS REVIEWED:
Arena Powerfin Pro
Aqua Sphere Alpha Swim
FINIS Edge
Speedo Nemesis
Speedo Breaststroke
TYR Burner

Swimmers use fins for many different reasons, to work on our technique, to hone our speed, to loosen up on recovery sets and, most importantly, to socially kick with friends!

When you are purchasing a pair of fins it is important to keep several things in mind: first and foremost, you want to buy a pair of fins that are comfortable enough to wear for long periods of time; next, you want a pair of fins that will not only help you to make improvements in your best strokes, but also to help you work on your weaknesses or inefficiencies. I have tested six very different pairs of fins that are all available at SwimOutlet.com.

This review highlights what I liked best about each of them during my week of testing in early June 2016, listed in alphabetical order. For other reviews I’ve done, check...

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Designed in Australia, the unique DMC Elite Training Fins are a favorite training fin among Olympians, triathletes, and body surfers worldwide.

Solid Silicone Construction

The Elite Training Fins' durable silicone design is unyielding to chlorine and salt-water breakdown, making this fin a reliable training partner that will last for years. The soft silicone reduces abrasiveness, allowing you to swim harder, for longer. Plus, the weight of the silicone keeps feet just under the surface, for ideal propulsion. The material is also UV- and tear-resistant.

Superior Balance & Propulsion

By swimming with fins, neuromuscular memory is solidified, leaving the wearer with a more effective kick, even after taking the fins off. The short-blade design of the fin provides ample resistance for training purposes, while still allowing for a quick kick tempo. The blade angle and length were designed to produce the least resistance to the kicking action, while the...

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By Mat Luebbers

Updated May 03, 2016.

Swimming with fins is a way for swimmers to improve kick strength, ankle flexibility, body position, and go faster during a swim practice. Fins or flippers come in hundreds of shapes, colors, fastenings, and sizes; different fins will do different things for (and to) you - but don't come down with Swimmer's CFD (Chronic Fins Dependency).

Short or small bladed swim fins, such as Zoomers, allow you to maintain a foot speed closer to your regular kicking speed with no fins. They also add just enough extra surface area to give you more power from the kick. Zoomer-type fins come in two colors, blue and red. The blue fins are made of a softer material for folks new to short fin kicking or those that have a less efficient kick. They are less stressful on the ankle due to a more flexible fin blade, much more comfortable when starting out. The red are stiffer fins, resulting in more force per kick, but that also results in more...

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Gear. The essential additive to all things sport, swimming included of course!

Fins come in all shapes and sizes. There are sport-specific as well as leisure time fins. So, if you are doing laps in a pool the first thing you need to do is avoid scuba fins…that is unless you are training for your scuba certification.

For swim training you will find short fins, long fins, and monofins useful. Each has a different benefit to their use, but all are excellent training aids to add variety. If you need help finding the right fin, please click on over to my guide here.

Benefits of Swim Fins

Primary benefits to using the standard long fins are increased speed to simulate race pace scenarios and increased work load on your legs. By using long fins you are building endurance and strength with the added bonus of trying to control your turns, streamlines, and stroke under higher speeds.

Short fins are beneficial for flutter kick training. Their shorter...

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Welcome! If you’re looking for information about swimming fins, you’ve come to the right place. First things first. What are swim fins and how do they differ from dive/snorkel fins? While they seem similar, not all Swim Fins are created equal.

Fins with long blades are better suited to diving and snorkeling due to their ability to produce major propulsion with minimal effort.

Swim Fins are used for swim training (to help you become a better competitive swimmer), and to add resistance to your kick which helps build muscle while swimming. They are most commonly used in a swimming pool. And while you could use them when swimming or training in the ocean, these are not the same thing as “dive fins” or “SCUBA fins” which are used, you guessed it, for SCUBA diving or snorkeling.

There are many differences between the two, but the defining factor is that dive fins feature a longer blade, and are designed for a slow, broad kick, used to overcome the drag imposed by...

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