How to Swim Freestyle Better: Overcoming a “Monospeed” Stroke

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A common limiter for many swimmers is the tendency to maintain the exact same hand speed through the entire stroke.  This is especially noticeable in those who began swimming as an adult. Top masters swimming coach Eric Neilsen initially brought this concept to our attention. He refers to this limiter as swimming with a “monospeed” […]

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How to Use Setbacks to Swim Stronger

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Setbacks are opportunities to use creativity, grit, and determination to swim stronger. It takes a special person to turn adversity into successful learning and improvements.  There are many forms of setbacks, whether they be an injury, illness, limited pool availability, race cancellations, and more. Over the years, we’ve been fortunate that Vasa athletes and coaches […]

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Ask the Coach How to Swim Faster – Part 3

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This is part 3 in a series of blog posts where we ask important questions to successful coaches in the Vasa community.  Here are their answers to an important question: What are the primary differences in how triathletes & open water swimmers should approach swim training versus competitive pool swimmers?  Coach Dan Daly: “Triathletes and […]

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15 Reasons to Swim at Home

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How It Will Help You Swim Stronger, Better, Faster What? Swim at home without a pool? Yes, you can and thousands of athletes have been doing it for years. Did you know that dryland training from home is one of the best ways for swimmers, triathletes, and surfers to stay consistent and make improvements in […]

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3 Indoor Workouts to Boost Your Swim Training

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The spring season symbolizes fresh starts. After taking some time off after the end of the season, you’re likely feeling rested, refreshed and in training for racing season.  Consistency, coupled with quality workouts, are proven to help athletes gain a smoother, faster swimming stroke.  Here are three indoor swim training workouts that will help you […]

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Ask the Coach How to Swim Faster – Part 2

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This is part 2 in a series of blog posts where we ask important questions to successful coaches in the Vasa community.  Here are their answers to an important question: Why does indoor swim training on a Vasa SwimErg make sense for time-crunched swimmers & triathletes versus only swimming at the pool or open water?  Coach […]

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How to Swim Faster and Save Time & Money

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How to swim faster doesn’t have to be complicated.  For Masters swimmers, age-group competitive swimmers, and triathletes though, it can be expensive, especially as the costs of commuting to and from the pool, swim coaching, club membership fees, and gear continue to increase. When you consider adding your valuable time to those out-of-pocket expenses, the […]

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This Kona Ironman Triathlete Shaved 7 Minutes off Swim Time with Vasa Training

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Ironman World Championship Special Interview    Salt Lake City based triathlete Nate Zarlengo has been racing triathlons for 11 years and has experienced incredible success by qualifying for the Ironman World Championships twice. During the 2021 Ironman Coeur D’Alene, Nate experienced a significant personal record by improving his swim time by 7 minutes. He went […]

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Paralympic Triathlon Training with Chris Hammer

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Vasa had the privilege of interviewing #3 Ranked Paratriathlete Chris Hammer about his experience preparing for the 2020 Paralympic Games and why he considers the Vasa SwimErg a vital tool in his paralympic triathlon training preparation.  We’re honored to call Chris a #VasaAthlete! Chris was born with one hand, the result of a congenital condition. […]

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Vasa Lane 9 Workout Video #3 – Full Body Strength & Conditioning Circuit for Swimmers, Triathletes & Surfers

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Full Body Strength & Conditioning Circuit for Swimmers, Triathletes & Surfers With Coach Dan Daly, CSCS This full-body swim conditioning workout was designed with an emphasis on speed and strength using the Vasa Trainer Pro.  (Note:  it’s also OK to do this workout using a Vasa SwimErg or the Vasa Sport Bench & Swim Cords).  […]

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Two to Tri – How To Improve Triathlon Open Water Swimming Performance

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Two New Books Guide Triathletes, Open Water Swimmers, and SwimRunners  to Swim Stronger Better, Faster If you’re looking to boost your triathlon or open water swimming game and you’re like a lot of athletes, you probably need to focus on improving your swimming to have better overall performances. But how to go about making gains […]

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Transition To Dryland Swim Training Answer To Pandemic Pool Closures

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In mid-March when the Coronavirus pandemic hit, pools around the country shuttered, leaving swimmers and triathletes at all levels with few options for maintaining their swim-specific training. But just because swimming got more challenging doesn’t mean it stopped altogether. For some creative and determined athletes, the transition to dryland swim training has been a good […]

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