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Take your swimming up a notch.

Maximize your power and stamina while improving your technique outside the pool.

  • INCREASE POWER, SPEED, & STAMINA

  • IMPROVE STROKE TECHNIQUE

  • MEASURE PERFORMANCE GAINS

 

The Vasa Swim Ergometer is the ultimate swim bench for improving endurance, sustained power and stroke technique.

Get outstanding results for developing swim-specific power and endurance. The Erg's adjustable airflow system simulates the resistance experienced while swimming in water. You will build endurance and staying power as never before, and prove it with the Power Meter's reliable, repeatable metrics. Try it for yourself for 3 months, risk-free—your improvement will be dramatic.

 

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Return Policy

Vasa has a 90-Day Improvement Guarantee. If you don’t see a performance improvement in three months, or if you find it's not precisely what you've been looking for, we'll refund the full purchase price—no questions asked. You will be responsible only for all shipping charges.

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Make sure you have everything you need for your training with Ergometer Accessories.

The Vasa Swim Ergometer is the choice of top professional, olympic, and amateur athletes as well as renowned coaches around the globe. It will help you swim faster and reach your performance goals efficiently. 

Form and function:

  • Anatomic bench and hand paddles encourage proper swim technique
  • Adjustable airflow resistance with 7 damper settings - low to high
  • Precision drive shaft, fan flywheel and bearings for smooth and quiet action
  • Rugged tubular steel frame with a durable baked-on epoxy finish is built to last a lifetime

 

Power Meter

Ergometer Display

The Vasa Power Meter completes your swim training system by providing instant feedback on your performance. Measure time, distance, pace, stroke rate, watts, and right arm / left arm power balance.

This information allows you to:

  • Measure effectiveness of training
  • Create repeatable workouts and benchmark tests
  • Set up power-based training
  • Perform intervals,distance, & speed
  • Simulate races & time trials
  • Measure right & left arm power balance
  • Stay motivated, train smarter and have fun!

Special Functions:

  • Pre-set Distance
  • Monitor Clock
  • Built-in Tempo Trainer
  • Pre-set Intervals
  • Split Times
  • Workout Review
  • Odometer
 

Power Meter options


POWER METER (NON-WIRELESS)
Provides precise, real-time data on the LCD screen only. Track your daily and cumulative workouts manually to evaluate overall performance gains.

ANT+ POWER METER (WIRELESS)
View live workout data on the ANT+ Power Meter LCD screen as well as have the option to transmit the data wirelessly via ANT+ technology.  Connect to a third-party power monitoring devices such as Garmin(TM) device that receives bike power profiles, or applications like TrainerRoad(TM) or Training Peaks(TM) to enhance your options for viewing, logging, analyzing and sharing your workouts.  Learn more about the ANT+ Power Meter.

NO POWER METER 
If you purchase an Erg without a Power Meter, it's easy to upgrade later with the Electronics Upgrade Kit.

 

This is a partial list of the accessories available for this product. These are the most common accessories purchased.

Vasa Swim Ergometer Includes:

  • Illustrated Instruction Manual
  • Assembly Hardware and Tools
  • Power Paddles and Exercise Handles
  • Stretch Cord
  • Power Meter (unless another option is selected)

*Note: If you purchase a Vasa Swim Ergometer without a Power Meter, it's easy to upgrade later. Learn more here.

 

Vasa Swim Ergometer Specifications:

Space Requirements:

Assembled Measurements:  8′6″ × 28″ × 32″ (259cm x 71cm x 81cm) - LxWxH

For Use:  10′ × 4′ (305cm x 122cm) - LxW

Frame: Epoxy Coated Steel

Monorail: Anodized Aluminum Extrusion

Padded Bench: Pro Anatomic Tapered; 11.5″ – 13.5″ (W) × 35.5″ (L) (Users over 6' may require the XL Bench Upgrade.)

Power Meter (optional)*: Includes (2) AA Batteries

Assembled Weight: 78 lbs. (35 kg)

Shipping Weight:  104 lbs. (47 kg)

Shipping: Ergometer is shipped in 3 boxes. Additional accessories may require additional boxes.

 

Vasa Swim Ergometer Resistance:

Resistance: Airflow Flywheel with 7 damper settings

PLEASE NOTE:  As we are continually making improvements to Vasa products, actual items shipped may vary slightly from the images shown on our website.

Swim Ergometers

How easy is the Ergometer to assemble?

The Vasa Ergometer requires very little assembly, as most of the difficult parts are already put together when it arrives to you. Clearly illustrated instructions and all necessary tools are included with every machine. Allow about thirty minutes to complete the assembly.  View Vasa Swim Erg assembly demonstration.

If you need help, please call Vasa's customer service and technical support toll-free at 1.802.872.7101 M-F, 9am-5pm Eastern Time. 

How much space does the Ergometer take up?

The Swim and Kayak Ergometers are 8’ 6” long x 28” wide.  We recommend a usage space of 10’ long by 4’ wide, to allow the full range of motion in every direction.

 

What is the recommended environment for the Ergometer?

The Vasa Ergometer is designed to be used and stored in relatively dry areas with low humidity. Because of its sophisticated electronics and internal configuration, we do not recommend using or storing it for long periods of time in environments with high levels of chlorine or ocean air. If used on pool decks, we strongly recommend placing it on a dry floor during use and then storing it in a dry area with low humidity and low chlorine levels in the air.

How much maintenance is required?

Regular maintenance of your Vasa Ergometer is an important component of years of enjoyable, functional, and safe use. Maintenance requirements will vary considerably depending on how much use your Vasa Ergometer gets. Please read the guidelines carefully, as these recommendations are made to help you maintain your Vasa Ergometer most effectively.

Read the owner's manual for complete details.

How do I adjust resistance on the Vasa Ergometer?

There are two ways to adjust the resistance:

1. Damper Door: You can open the door in 7 increments. Setting number 1, when damper door is fully closed, provides the least resistance. It feels like swimming with a current or like paddling downstream. Setting number 7, with the door is fully open, provides the most resistance. It feels like swimming against a current or paddling upstream.

2. Flywheel: Variable wind resistance feels like the resistance of swimming in water - the harder & faster you pull, the more resistance you feel.

NOTE: Tether Cords are rubber cords that are designed to prevent the seat from rolling too far forward. For example, if you set the damper door fully open at number 7 and want to do butterfly intervals applying maximum force, you would attach the tether cord. Every new Vasa Ergometer comes with one tether cord.

Vasa Ergometer Flywheel Vasa Ergometer Damper Door Vasa Ergometer Damper Door Vasa Ergometer Tether Cord
Flywheel Damper Door Tether Cord

Which Ergometer model is right for me?

The Vasa Ergometer is currently available in multiple options, including: Swim and Kayak.

The Swim version includes handles and swim paddles. It is perfect for swimmers, triathletes, and anyone looking for a freestanding, versatile unit.

The Kayak version comes with a foot brace, kayak paddle shaft, an alternative monitor mount, and a pair of exercise handles. By purchasing the swim paddles and a few minor adjustments, the Kayak version can also be used for swimming exercises.

The SpaceSaver version comes with a wall mounting bracket, exercise handles and swim paddles. It is can be used with most standard freestanding benches (sold separately) for a wide variety of exercise options. All versions allow you to attach Ankle Straps for leg exercises or use the Exercise Handles for a variety of functional upper body exercises. Cross Country Skiiers should contact Vasa to discuss which version is best for their training needs.

Is the Ergometer safe for people of all ages / abilities?

The Vasa Ergometer is simple to use, sturdy in construction and completely safe for use by people of all ages and abilities. It is easy to determine a safe operating resistance. If your children safely play on a jungle gym or other playground equipment, then they'll safely enjoy the Vasa Ergometer.

Watch Video - Is the Vasa Ergometer safe for people of all ages and abilities?

What exercises can I do on the Ergometer?

The Vasa Ergometer can be used for a wide range of exercisesIn addition to the primary sports-specific training, you can perform a wide range of exercises on the Vasa Ergometer. You can do functional training exercises for strengthening abdominals, arms, back, chest, shoulders and legs. Each exercise can be performed at a resistance setting that is appropriate for your specific need, be that strength, power, speed, endurance, rehabilitation or flexibility.

 

Can I accomplish hip roll / body rotation for freestyle?

Watch Video - Can I accomplish hip roll / body rotation on the Ergometer?

Accomplishing a complete hip roll and body rotation on any swim bench cannot be simulated perfectly. This is because the axis of rotation while swimming in water is a straight line through the center of your body. On a swim bench, the axis of rotation is about four inches below the stomach, which requires the swimmer to roll over, rather than with, the axis of rotation. In water, the body is buoyant, which allows the swimmer to catch the water at full arm extension and initiate the arm pull with a hip rotation by driving the opposite hip toward the bottom of the pool while pulling with the opposite arm. The hip rotation engages the core abdominal muscles and transfers that energy into the pulling arm. To a degree, swimmers can effectively condition the core muscles used in hip rotation while training on the Swim Erg. The padded benches on Vasa Ergometer (and Vasa Trainer) are designed to allow the swimmer to activate and strengthen the core muscles used in hip rotation while performing Freestyle exercises. This is accomplished by simultaneously driving one hip into the padded bench just at the catch of the opposite arm. If the swimmer uses proper stroke technique, then hip rotation on the bench will activate the correct muscles of the core torso and will provide better conditioning. The difference between swimming Freestyle on the bench with and without hip rotation is quite noticeable. Swimmers can find slight destabilization and greater activation of core muscles by swimming Freestyle while laying on a long Aeromat pad, a rolled up towel or placed lengthwise on the Vasa padded bench.

Can I do Swim Erg workouts to substitute pool workouts?

Yes, it’s easy to simulate typical pool workouts using the Vasa Ergometer. Many swimmers and coaches use it for intervals, timed sets or long aerobic workouts. The Vasa Ergometer allows you to do swim-specific aerobic or strength sessions effectively, on your own schedule, in the comfort of your home, or club. The gains made by using the Ergometer are easily transferred to the water.

World Masters Swimmer of the Year, Karlyn Pipes, discusses how to use the Vasa Ergometer as a substitute for the pool:

Watch Video - Can I substitute Ergometer workouts for pool workouts?