Dec 4, 2014
With the busy schedule we all have, I often do not have much time to do an extensive research online to buy a present, so I look for pre-compiled lists to give me an idea of what to give to the person in question. Be it Christmas, Birthday or whatever other holiday or celebration a good gift should be something useful or unique which will not be sitting in the back of the closet for the rest of its days and should cause a visibly positive reaction on the person's face. This being a swimming blog, I've put together a list of some ideas for anybody trying to improve their swimming. So, if you have someone in your life who deserves a gift from you and is an avid open water swimmer, just a beginner trying to make a dent into a swimming career, a wannabe triathlete with his/her mind set on the next Ironman competition, or simply someone who loves to swim, this list of swimming gift ideas is for you.
1) Exer-Genie - this is a great compact little gadget which let's you have a full body workout wherever you are. More importantly though, in terms of swimming, it is very useful for practicing your high elbow catch (early vertical forearm) without the hassle of worrying about other aspects of your stroke. It works in a similar way like stretch cords, with the difference that you can maintain a constant tension and you can practice the actual freestyle stroke pattern one arm at a time. In my opinion, every serious swimmer or a triathlete should have
one of these and incorporate them into their workouts and off-season training. Exer-Genie falls into the very practical and useful category as far as gifts go.
2) ShinFin Leg fins - these fins have been on the market for a while and I have mentioned them before in one of my Christmas swimming gadget ideas posts, but they don't get the press they should, so here I go again, trying to make a case. If you struggle with learning the proper flutter (freestyle) kicking technique, by wearing these fins, I guarantee you that you will grasp the concept and change your technique in just a few sessions. I've used them on many occasion with beginner swimmers and the results were just astonishing. After one or two lessons, the kicking propulsion improved drastically and most of them are able to kick out of the hip rather than the knee. I just love it when products just work :). With this gift, you are definitely going to relieve some frustration and stress for the person who will use them.
3) Corsuit - having a strong core is a must for a successful swimming advancement. Why not have a little help with this swim gear. The Corsuit serves as a sort of a casket for your mid section. It gives you a constant real-time feedback on your body posture in the water and helps you for example maintain a flatter back, so your streamline is as smooth as it can be. Corsuit will be one of those gifts which will cause a bit of a stir as it is quite unique and new on the market.