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Vasa Trainer Pro

(54 customer reviews)

From: $1,049.00


The XL bench replaces the standard bench. It's longer & wider for more stability. Recommended for users over 6 feet (183 cm) in height and over 200 lbs (90 kg). $50 upcharge.

The Vasa Trainer Pro is best for increasing swim-specific strength, improving swim-stroke technique, versatile total body conditioning, injury prevention, and physical therapy. It’s ideal for:

  • Building Swim-Specific Strength
  • Improving Swimming Technique
  • Developing General Strength, Conditioning & Core Stability
  • Increasing Leg Strength & Powerful Starts & Turns
  • Preventing or Rehabilitation of Injuries

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90-Day Performance Guarantee

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, we'll refund the purchase price – no questions asked.

Lifetime Warranty

Enjoy peace of mind with Vasa's Lifetime Home Use Limited Warranty – included at no cost with your purchase.

Product Features

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With over 200 functional and swim-specific exercises, this swim bench is unrivaled in versatility, durability and value. The Vasa Trainer Pro will be your “secret weapon” outside the water.

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Front & Rear Stanchions
Telescoping Tube
Pulley Cable System (PCS)
Webbing Straps
Handles & Paddles
Pull-Up Strap Bar
Seat Carriage
Padded Bench
Stretch Cords

The Vasa Trainer Pro

The World’s Most Widely-Used Swim Training Machine

For over 35 years, the Vasa Trainer Pro has been the choice of champion swimmers, swim coaches, triathletes, surfers, and fitness professionals.

In addition to being unprecedented for improving swim-stroke technique, it offers over 200 swim-specific and total body functional exercises for strength training, injury prevention, and physical therapy rehabilitation. It’s versatility and durability make it a great value.  Through the years, it’s become the “gold standard” amongst serious swim coaches and swimmers worldwide.

Targeted exercises strengthen exactly the muscles you need to make performance gains. Increased strength means greater power & stamina when you need it. Improve your technique—fix common limiters and stroke flaws to transfer better technique in the water. 

The Vasa Trainer is simply the best strength training machine for swimmers, triathletes, surfers, paddlers, physical therapists and other top athletes. Smarter training with the Vasa Trainer delivers these key benefits:

  • Develop true swim-specific strength
  • Correct stroke flaws and transfer proper technique to the water
  • Gain functional strength to get the results you need
  • It’s versatility & wide range of resistance options is ideal for preventing or rehabilitating from injury

The Vasa Trainer Pro will be your “secret weapon” outside the water!

Vasa Trainer Pro

Vasa Trainer Specifications

Space Requirements:

Assembled Measurements: 91″ × 24″ × 29–41″ (231cm x 61cm x 74-104cm) LxWxH

For use: 120” × 48” (305cm x 122cm) LxWxH

For storage: 91″ × 24″ × 13″ (231cm x 61cm x 33cm) LxWxH

Frame: Commercial strength steel tubing coated with primer & epoxy powder coating for corrosion-resistance. (NOT ideal for extremely harsh, chlorine-rich pool deck areas).

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.)

Assembled Weight: 53 lbs. (24 kg)

Shipping Weight: 64 lbs (29 kg)

Shipping: Trainer is shipped in 2 boxes. Additional accessories may require additional boxes.

Trainer Pro Shipping Box Dimensions and Weights:
Main Box: 36″ x 16″ x 9″ and 45 pounds (Metric: 91cm x 41cm x 23 cm & 20kg)
Monorail: 84″ x 3″ x 3″ and 15 pounds (Metric: 213cm x 8cm x 8cm & 7kg)
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 Trainer Includes:

  • Adjustable Length Webbing Straps
  • Pulley Cable System (PCS) with Freestyle Extension Loop
  • Power Paddles
  • Exercise Handles
  • Stretch Cord
  • Assembly Hardware and Tools
  • Illustrated Instruction Manual

Vasa Trainer Resistance Settings and Options:

There are 15 incline settings of the Monorail angle. Your body weight provides the main resistance at any angle;

  • Use Pulley Cable System (PCS) for most exercises
  • To double the resistance at any incline setting, use the adjustable-length Webbing Straps
  • Use Stretch Cord to add 5-10 lbs of resistance at any incline setting
  • Power Cords (add-on accessory) provide for a wider range of resistance options at any incline setting

PLEASE NOTE:  We are continually making improvements to Vasa products and actual items may vary slightly from the images shown on our website.


How easy is the Trainer to assemble?

The Vasa Trainer 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 an hour to complete the assembly.

If you need help, please call Vasa’s customer service and technical support at 1.802.872-7101  M-F, 9am-5pm EST.

How much floorspace does the Trainer Pro require?

We recommend a usage space of 10’ long by 4’ wide, as this will allow you to achieve the full range of motion in every direction to use the machine successfully.

The Trainer Pro itself is 7’ 7” long x 24” wide. Consider using a Vasa Training Mat under your Vasa Trainer Pro.

How do I store the Trainer on the days it’s not in use?

The Vasa Trainer Pro front stanchion folds up easily so you can roll it around on the caster wheel. You can also hang it on a wall bracket for storage.

What is included with the Vasa Trainer Pro?

Every Vasa Trainer Pro model comes complete with everything you’ll need to do most of the exercises available. This includes the rugged steel stanchions, aluminum monorail, Pull-up strap bar, seat carriage with rollers, padded bench, Pulley Cable System, adjustable-length Webbing Straps, Stretch Cord, a pair of Exercise Handles, a pair of Swim Power Paddle, and a comprehensive Training Manual.

We also offer several add-on accessories that increase your exercise options, enhancing the versatility of the Trainer Pro. These include the Leg Power Platform, Forearm / Ankle Cuffs, Power Cords, Training Mat, and Protective Cover.

How much maintenance is required?

Under normal use in dry indoor environments, minimal maintenance is required. We recommend occasionally cleaning the top surface of the monorail and the seat rollers to keep your Vasa Trainer in perfect working order. When used heavily by teams or clubs, or if used in corrosive environments* such as humid chlorine-rich pool decks or outside in ocean air, we recommend regular cleaning. Periodic replacement of high-wear moving parts, such as seat rollers and stretch cords, will be necessary depending on useage. These parts are not expensive or difficult to replace.

Note: the painted steel parts may eventually corrode in such harsh environments and could need replacement or reconditioning. If you do use or store the Vasa Trainer in such harsh environments, we recommend keeping it on a Training Mat.

Which Vasa model is best for me?

Either the Vasa SwimErg or the Vasa Trainer Pro will help you become a stronger, better, and more powerful swimmer (or surf paddler). You will accomplish more high-quality training in less time.

To see a side-by-side comparison of each model by training benefit, review our Model Comparison Chart.

Is the Vasa Trainer safe for people of all ages and abilities?

The Vasa Trainer Pro is completely safe for use by people of all ages and abilities. It’s simple to use and is very sturdy and stable. Changing the resistance on the Vasa Trainer is done primarily by raising the incline of the monorail. For every exercise, you’ll be lifting a percentage of your body weight against gravity using natural movements. So it is easy to determine a safe operating resistance.

Since children typically use their body weight when safely playing on a jungle gym or other playground equipment, then they’ll safely enjoy the Vasa Trainer, too. Research shows that resistance training for children, under adult supervision, is both safe and beneficial. Plus, the entire family will benefit from the variety of sport-specific and total gym fitness exercises it provides for all ages and abilities.

Other than swim training, what exercises can I do on the Vasa Trainer Pro?

Over 200 total-body functional exercises for the arms, back, chest, core, shoulders and legs are possible with the Vasa Trainer Pro.  These include ab crunches, bicep curls, tricep extensions, dips, pull-ups, lat pull-downs, chest presses, lunges, squats, leg curls, leg extensions and leg plyometrics. Visit the Training Resources pages for a full listing of exercises specific to your sport, goals, and more. 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 train for all four swimming strokes on the Vasa Trainer?

The Vasa Trainer is best suited for training Freestyle, Butterfly and Breast Stroke. If attempting to do Backstroke in a supine position on the padded bench, then we recommend doing only the catch to finish segment of this stroke. Freestyle, Butterfly and Breast Stroke can be done in several ways. First, you can gain swim-specific strength in each stroke by pulling your body along the inclined monorail and then returning to the start position. Second, you can do isometric exercises by holding a steady position, one segment of the stroke, such as mid-stroke for Butterfly or Freestyle. Third, you can do continuous Freestyle, Butterfly, Breast Stroke or Freestyle Recovery Stroke using the Pulley Cable Attachment. 

Additionally, you can add on the Leg Power Platform and Power cord kit to increase general leg strength with squats, lunges, and calf raises. Competitive swimmers can develop explosive leg power to practice starts and turns with leg push-off plyometrics.

Is the hip roll or body rotation possible on the Trainer Pro?

The padded benches on Vasa Trainer (and Vasa SwimErg) 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 side arm, and vice versa. If the swimmer uses proper stroke technique, then hip rotation on the bench will activate the torso core and lower back muscles for a better conditioning effect.

In general, accomplishing the hip roll and body rotation on any swim bench will not simulate swimming in water perfectly. The primary reason is because the axis of rotation while swimming in water is a straight line, head to toe, 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. Swimmers can condition the core muscles used in hip rotation while training on a Vasa Trainer swim bench. 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 rolled up yoga mat, beach towel, or a foam pad placed on top of the Vasa padded bench.

Can I use the Vasa Trainer to substitute my pool workouts?

Yes! And many athletes do for a variety of good reasons.  The Vasa Trainer is best for doing swim-specific and total body gym quality strength sessions effectively, on your own schedule, in the comfort of your own home or at your club.  Many swimmers and coaches use the Freestyle exercise or Butterfly pulling to replicate timed sets or long aerobic workouts.  Coaches rely on Vasa to keep injured athletes active and part of practice, especially when they cannot go in the water. Coaches also create dry-land strength training circuit workouts by using multiple Vasa Trainers set up for various complimentary exercises.

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Trainer Pro

Alex Meyer

Olympic Open Water Swimmer

“I’ve noticed a considerable difference in my power and stamina since incorporating Vasa machines into my training. They’ve become an indispensable training tool for me and I am looking forward to working with them in the future.”

Matt Kredich

Head Swimming Coach, University of Tennessee

“I am a strong proponent of the use of swim trainers, specifically the Vasa Trainer swim bench as a multidimensional tool for helping to develop swimmers. I have been using them to train swimmers for 21 years, and have seen two significant benefits: one in the specific strength of the swimmers’ pull, and the second in the understanding of proper swimming mechanics that comes from doing things the right way on the Vasa.”

Coach Lou Manganiello 

“I have been using Vasa Trainers since the beginning of (their) time! They have proved to be an essential piece of our dry land program and especially useful during “periods” when pool training was unavailable!”

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54 reviews for Vasa Trainer Pro

  1. Anonymous

    Wonderful dry land training. Provides a great workout and is ideal for keeping in shape when you can’t (or don’t want to) make it to the pool.

  2. John Wilson (verified owner)

    Excellent product with great results.

  3. Joel Manaligod

    I have had the vasa trainer more than 10 years and still use regularly. I use to keep in shape for surfing


    The Trainer Pro for me is useful in developing the core strength one needs as a swimmer. I concentrate using the Dry Land Training for that core strength and to prevent injury. I would Dry Land Train for weeks before an event or switching to the VASA ERG attachment which I also have in my home gym to train. I only go to a pool to swim just to get the feel of the water. I cannot explain how much the VASA has helped me improve my strength and prevented injury. The 2023 Triathlon season is here and I am getting ready.

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