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The Vasa SwimErg is the “secret weapon” of thousands of athletes and coaches who need quality swim training on dryland. It’s their “go-to” swimming simulator to maintain consistency, measure progress, and improve technique, power, and endurance. With many swim-specific and functional exercises to keep you sharp, this swim bench is unrivaled in versatility, durability and value.
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The Vasa SwimErg is the ultimate swim bench for improving endurance, sustained power, and stroke technique.
Consistent training on the SwimErg is a proven way for athletes of any ability to swim stronger, better, faster. You’ll get outstanding results for developing swim-specific power, strength, and endurance. The SwimErg’s adjustable airflow resistance closely simulates the feeling of swimming in water.
The PM3 Power Meter’s reliable, repeatable metrics make it easy to quantify your progress on every session. It comes with ANT+ and BT wireless connectivity, ready to use with 3rd party devices and applications like Garmin®, TrainerDay® and TrainerRoad®. That gives more options for interactive training experiences, including the use of structured workouts.
When you use it with third-party programs like TrainingPeaks®, Strava® and Intervals.icu®, you can upload your workouts to analyze your performance and progress.
Note: PM3 Power Meters were standard in Vasa SwimErg’s purchased after 9/12/2022.
BONUS: You get a free 90-day subscription to TrainerDay® and access to Vasa-specific SwimErg workouts written by some of Vasa’s top coaches for the ultimate indoor dry land swim training experience! Note: iPhone, iPad, and 3rd party devices not included.
The Vasa Swim Ergometer is the first 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 door resistance 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
The PM3 Power Meter (ANT+ and BT Wireless Connectivity) completes your swim training system by providing instant feedback on your performance. Measure time, distance, pace, stroke rate, watts including right arm / left arm power balance. You also have the option to transmit the data wirelessly to 3rd party ANT+ compatible devices and Mac, iOS and Android applications.
Use with 3rd party devices and applications like Garmin®, TrainerDay® and TrainerRoad® to enhance your options for a more interactive training experience including the planning and execution of structured workouts.
For a complete experience, upload your workouts to third-party programs like TrainingPeaks®, Strava® and Intervals.icu® where you can analyze your individual workout performance and progress. Learn more about the PM3 Power Meter with ANT+ and BT Wireless Connectivity.
This information allows you to:
- Measure effectiveness of training
- Create repeatable workouts and benchmark tests
- Perform power-based structured training
- Perform distance specific intervals
- Simulate races & time trials
- Measure right & left arm power balance
- Stay motivated, train smarter and have fun!
- Pre-set Distance
- Monitor Clock
- Pre-set Intervals
- Split Times
- Workout Review
Vasa SwimErg Specifications
Assembled Dimensions: 8′6″ × 28″ × 32″ (259cm x 71cm x 81cm) – LxWxH
Recommended area for best function: 10′ × 4′ (305cm x 122cm) – LxW
NOTE: for those with space limitations, we offer the SpaceSaver SwimErg as a compact, fully functional training solution. When paired with our portable Sport Bench, this combination requires far less space and offers outstanding versatility and value.
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.)
PM3 Power Meter (ANT+ / BT Wireless Connectivity): Includes (2) AA Batteries
Assembled Weight: 78 lbs. (35 kg)
Vasa SwimErg Includes:
- Illustrated Instruction Manual
- Assembly Hardware and Tools
- Power Paddles and Exercise Handles
- Stretch Cord
- PM3 Power Meter (ANT+ / BT Wireless Connectivity)
Vasa Trainer 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.
The SwimErg is shipped in 3 boxes with a combined weight of 104 lbs. (47 kg). Additional accessories may require additional boxes.
SwimErg Shipping Box Dimensions and Weights:
Rear Box: 36″ x 16″ x 9″ and 32 pounds (Metric: 91cm x 41cm x 23 cm & 14kg)
Monorail: 84″ x 3″ x 3″ and 15 pounds (Metric: 213cm x 8cm x 8cm & 7kg)
Front End: 34″ x 29″ x 18″ 57 pounds (Metric: 86cm x 74cm x 46cm & 26kg)
Optional XL Bench: 46″ x 15″ x 3″ 19 pounds (Metric: 116cm x 38cm x 8cm & 9kg)
Shipping costs for Vasa products and accessories are based upon weight & location. Our shopping cart will calculate shipping costs for you or you can contact us for assistance.
Attention International customers: Duty & taxes are additional and will be your responsibility at the time of delivery.
Contact Us if you have any questions or need more information.
Vasa has a 90-Day Improvement Guarantee. IF YOU DON’T BEGIN TO SEE A PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT within 90 DAYS of using a Vasa product as directed, we’ll refund the purchase price (less a 15% restocking fee)—no questions asked. (NOTE: Customer will be responsible for paying all shipping charges plus a “restocking fee” equivalent to 15% of the original merchandise price.)
The Vasa SwimErg requires very little assembly. Most of the difficult parts are already put together for you. The Assembly instructions are clearly illustrated and all necessary tools are included. Allow 30 to 45 minutes for assembly.
If you need help, please call Vasa’s customer service and technical support at 1.802.872.7101 M-F, 9 am-5 pm Eastern Time. Or contact us here.
The Swim 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.
NOTE: we offer the SpaceSaver SwimErg as a compact, fully functional training solution for those with space limitations. When paired with our portable Sport Bench, this combination requires far less space and offers outstanding versatility and value.
There are three ways to adjust the resistance:
- Damper Door: Seven settings regulate airflow resistance. Setting Number 1 is when the damper door is fully closed, providing the least resistance. It feels like swimming with a current or paddling downstream. Setting Number 7, with the door fully open, provides the most resistance. It feels like swimming against a strong current or swimming upstream.
- Flywheel: The variable airflow resistance feels like pulling through the water when swimming – the harder & faster you pull, the more resistance you will feel.
- Trainer Strap System add-on: This useful accessory transforms the SwimErg to be used like a Vasa Trainer to perform many swim-specific strength exercises. It comes with two adjustable-length webbing straps and three power cords for resistance.
The Vasa Swim Ergometer is simple to use, sturdy in construction, and completely safe for 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, they’ll enjoy the Vasa Ergometer safely with adult supervision.
Both machines, the Vasa Swim Ergometer and the Vasa Trainer Pro will help you become a stronger, better, and more powerful swimmer. They just work in different ways. The SwimErg has a great Power Meter to guide and motivate you with data. You will accomplish more in less time, thanks to the high-quality training they provide. If you want to see a side-by-side comparison of how each ranks by training benefit, review our Model Comparison Chart.
In addition to the primary sports-specific training, you can perform various exercises using the SwimErg. Many functional training exercises can strengthen the abdominals, arms, back, chest, shoulders, and legs. Each exercise can be performed at a resistance setting appropriate for your specific need, whether strength, power, speed, endurance, rehabilitation, or flexibility. You’ll want to use the Exercise Handles to perform most functional exercises.
Adding the Trainer Strap System (add-on accessory) greatly increases the number of swim-specific and functional strength exercises possible.
The hip roll and body rotation on the SwimErg bench can be done by engaging the core abdominal and torso muscles to transfer that energy into the pulling arm from the catch to the finish of the stroke. While the body will not roll as much as in the water, you can activate the right muscles and timing to increase pulling power significantly.
The padded bench on Vasa Swim Ergometer (and Vasa Trainer Pro) allows 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 down into the padded bench just at “the catch” of the opposite arm. When the swimmer uses proper stroke technique, hip rotation on the bench activates the core torso muscles to provide better conditioning. The difference between swimming Freestyle on the bench with and without hip rotation is quite noticeable. Swimmers can also place a rolled-up beach towel or soft yoga mat lengthwise on the padded bench to create slight destabilization and greater activation of core muscles when swimming Freestyle on the Vasa.
It’s easy to simulate typical pool workouts using the Vasa Swimming Ergometer. Many swimmers and coaches use it for intervals, timed sets, or long aerobic workouts. The Vasa SwimErg allows you to do swim-specific aerobic or strength sessions effectively, on your schedule, in the comfort of your home or club. The gains made from SwimErg training are easily transferred to the water.
In this video, Masters Swimmer and coach Karlyn Pipes explains how to use the Vasa SwimErg as a supplement or substitute to pool and open water swimming:
The Vasa SwimErg is designed to be used and stored in relatively dry areas with low humidity and good air quality. Because of its electronics, we do not recommend using or storing it for long periods of time in environments with high levels of chlorine, humidity, or ocean air. If used on pool decks, we strongly recommend placing it on a dry floor mat and storing it in a dry area with low humidity and low chlorine levels.
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.
World Champion Triathlete
“An incredible tool that’s helped me address technique faults I’ve had for years by enabling me to isolate movements. So good!”
2016 US Olympic Triathlete
“The SwimErg has helped make my swim training more targeted and time-efficient. As a triathlete, I’m already time-crunched with 2 other sports and a job and family. The Vasa SwimErg allows me to work speed, strength, and technique from the (relative!) comfort of my home.”
Multiple IronMan Age-Group Champion
“Time is my ultimate quandary so I consider the Vasa SwimErg a must-have tool. In my experience, it correlates well with water swimming so I substitute 2 of my 4 swims with the SwimErg. It’s easier than water to focus on perfect form….swim-specific strength that translates directly to the pool even for yardage minimalists like me.”
Try it for yourself for 3 months, risk-free—your improvement will be dramatic. If you don’t realize a performance improvement within 90 days of using the SwimErg as directed, we’ll refund the purchase price (less a 15% restocking fee)—no questions asked. (NOTE: Customers will be responsible for paying all shipping charges plus a “restocking fee” equivalent to 15% of the original merchandise price.)
You can now finance your purchase through Klarna for as low as 0% APR (Subject to individual credit)
Tight on Space?
When floor space is an issue, and you need to train for swimming, stand-up paddling (SUP), functional fitness, or physical therapy, the Vasa SpaceSaver Ergometer with PM3 Power Meter (ANT+ and BT Wireless Connectivity) is a great solution!