How to swim faster in open water

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2012 US Olympian Alex Meyer describes how Vasa training helped his freestyle swimming technique. An epiphany moment   “I had this epiphany moment one day during practice where I didn’t feel like I was swimming very well. I imagined myself training on the Vasa SwimErg. As a result, I kept my elbow a little bit higher […]

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Three Highly Effective Indoor Swim Training Workouts

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Here are three indoor swim trainer workouts created to help you swim stronger and better in a time-efficient format.  Each workout shown below uses a Vasa SwimErg.  Note: these workouts can also be done using a Vasa Trainer or with Vasa Swim Cords & Sport Bench.  In some cases, you’ll need minimal dryland equipment for […]

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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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Ask the Coach How to Swim Faster – Part 1

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This is part 1 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 separates adult-onset swimmers who actually get fast, from those who stay slow? Coach Eric Neilsen: “Proper technique would be the biggest thing that separates […]

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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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Announcing Four Keys to Fearless Open Water Swimming

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A FREE Ebook about open water swimming fundamentals Often in life, the most rewarding part is sharing the knowledge & wisdom gained from experience.  For the past 32+ years at Vasa, we’ve had the profound privilege of working with and learning from outstanding coaches & athletes worldwide.  For most of these accomplished athletes and coaches, […]

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Vasa Exclusive Interview: World Championship Qualifier Kathleen Doswell

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Vasa Exclusive Interview: Meet Kathleen Doswell, a 71-year-old Sprint Triathlon World Championship qualifier.  Kathleen trains on the Vasa SwimErg, significantly to reduce exposure to the Covid-19 virus. Cartersville, Virginia resident Kathleen Doswell has been racing triathlon for the past ten years. She is a multiple-time qualifier for Triathlon Team USA and World Championship triathlons. Due […]

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Pilates Mat Warm-Up For Better Swim Training

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Pilates-inspired Mat Warm-Up For Better Swim Training Warm-up Exercises: #1.  Quadruped thoracic rotation (3-5 reps.) a. Add leg extension Hands and knees position, hands under shoulders, knees under hips.  Spine long and neutral. One hand behind head. Inhale. Exhale to rotate upper body towards stabilizing arm on the floor. Inhale to rotate towards the ceiling. […]

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Pilates-inspired Workout For Stronger Swimming Using The Vasa Trainer Pro

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Pilates Workout For Stronger Swimming, Triathlon, and Surfing Description & Specific Instructions: Important note to athletes and coaches: Before starting this workout, we recommend starting with this mat warm-up designed to prepare you for the main workout. Main Workout: 1. Hip rolls with shoulder extension Supine on bench holding handles with arms reaching overhead. Inhale […]

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