Improved triathlon race performance with the Vasa Swim Ergometer

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As a triathlete, I’ve always been a strong cyclist and runner but a frustrated mid-pack swimmer. Last year I began training on the Vasa Swim Ergometer and broke decisively out of the mid-pack at the Beach2Battleship half-iron distance race in Wilmington, NC in October. My 35:21 swim ranked 40th out of 334 females, allowing for […]

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Shoulder Maintenance for All Swimmers

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There are two types of swimmers. As our friend Tim Crowley likes to say: “There are two types of swimmers: Those who have had shoulder issues, and those who will develop them.” This article on SwimSwam.com is a must-read for swimmers at all levels and outlines the four most commonly injured shoulder muscles. Shoulder injuries are all […]

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Overcoming Triathlon Injuries

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Facing reality: Injuries happen! There are two types of triathletes: Those who have been injured, and those who will be. There’s no doubt that training for triathlon is intensive, and common injuries have the ability to sideline you for days, weeks or months. Just check out this Active.com article by Ryan Wood called “7 Embarrassing […]

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Video: How to Improve Technique, Reduce Injuries and Swim Faster

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Step by step progressions to obtain efficient swim stroke mechanics Vasa had the pleasure of hosting Level 4 ASCA and multisport Coach Eric Neilsen at our headquarters earlier this year to learn more about his coaching style, and how he incorporates the Vasa Ergometer into both his coaching and his own personal training. In the […]

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Reflections from Vasa’s summer intern

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By Galen Broido A competitive swimmer’s summer usually consists of early morning practices, swim coaching, life-guarding and one-piece tan lines. Although the sport of swimming is one that I have, do and will always love, I promised myself that my summers would not look like this. I felt I needed a separation from my training […]

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When the pool is not an option: Part 2 of 3

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By Cortney Martin This is part two of my three-part series, “When the pool is not an option – times there is just no substitute for the Vasa Ergometer.” In the last installment I talked about scheduling, travel, and availability. Today I’ll address injury and motivation, and still to come: technique and performance. Athletes need […]

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Team Vasa Wins Age Group in Colchester Triathlon

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By Janice Shade Ok. We admit we had a ringer for the swim leg with our intern, Galen Broido, who swims for UNC-Asheville. Galen posted the fastest overall swim time in the Colchester Triathlon on July 28, with a 10:47 half mile. She started with the women five minutes after the men, and still “chicked” […]

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When the pool is not an option: Part 1 of 3

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By Cortney Martin A few weeks ago, I was bitten by a dog while out training on my bike. Given my upset state, the presence of an open wound, and my already tight schedule thrown off by the added time spent talking to Animal Control and the Health Department, my scheduled pool swims were no […]

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Which machine is right for me?

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One of the most frequently asked questions we get is, “Which machine is right for me?” While the Trainer and the Ergometer have some crossover benefits, they are designed for very different purposes. Which one is right for you depends on your personal needs, training goals, and other factors. While this blog post may certainly help […]

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My triathlon training x-factor

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This blog entry represents the time period between 1/3/13 and 2/18/13 in the training log of David Nijhawan. I am an average Joe. I am an average Joe. Nothing more, nothing less. I maintain a rigorous work schedule, drink beer, eat pizza, love my Philly cheese steak, and depending on the day, relish in terrible Chinese […]

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