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Vasa Trainer Pro

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XL Bench UPGRADE

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.

Trainer Pro product image
Front & Rear Stanchions
Telescoping Tube
Monorail
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.

FAQs

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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Reviews

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. Michael Real

    I just turned 60 and have been using my Vasa Trainer for over 10 years to keep me paddling shape for surfing when I can’t get to the beach. It has been the perfect solution to being able to keep up with the youngster in the water. I have been very happy with the durability of my VASA and hope it will allow me to keep surfing into my 70’s.

  2. Ben Caban

    I’ve had a bad sup surfing accident about a year ago. The fin of my board cut me right under the right calf. 34 stitches to close. 5 inside and 29 outside. Basically, it sidelined me for almost 10 months. Absolutely no leg activity for 4 months. Just hearing those words was enough to drive me nuts. I kept active by using your SUP Ergometer. Transferring the activity from SUP to canoe paddling. It did the job but I had to wait until the 4th month to start to walk without fear of tearing muscles on the inside of my calf. After a while, I was able to stand on my paddle board and actually paddle again. Being on the ocean, my leg still felt weak. Slowly I was able to work my leg back into shape. Although I was very hesitant about doing any squats or strenuous lifting.

    Then one day I got an email from Vasa showing the Vasa Trainer (which helps keep me in shape for surf season.) It showed a platform [Leg Power Platform] and a short video of how you could do leg exercises. That was exactly what I needed! The squats and one-legged push-offs helped me get to 80% of my leg strength. Especially since it isolates a specific area. For me, it was being able to directly work the calf muscle. Although I have a little ways left to go, using the Vasa Trainer has definitely helped my rehabilitation. Now with the extra bands, it will definitely get me to where I need to be.

  3. Jim Dunlap

    I worked overseas for almost all of my “active” years. From 1992 to 1997 I was posted to Egypt. Very, very occasionally we would catch surf along the Med coast, from Libya to Alexandria; often wind swells. I realized I could get out once, catch a wave, and then did NOT have the juice to get out again. In early 1996 I bought a Sport VASA for $495, mailed to me via APO, and started paddle training. I added the swim pulley extensions because I realized that just lifting my own arms (against that era’s wetsuits) was as hard or harder than the basic “catch a wave” paddle motion. My surf sessions were so infrequent, that no way could they keep me in shape. The VASA solved my conditioning problems. After Egypt, I was posted to Bolivia. My go-to surf spot meant a long drive to Arica, Chile (or occasionally surfing on vacation to the USA). Regular VASA use kept my surfing muscles in shape. After Bolivia, I was posted to Peru…and now frequent surfing was no problem Waves up the wazoo, weekly. Nevertheless, now I was used to regularly using my VASA; had added ankle attachments, power cords, etc. After Peru came Bangkok, Thailand and then Alexandria, VA. Again, for both places, surf sessions were very infrequent and the VASA kept me in paddle surfing shape. Oh, FYI, without garage or storage space, for many of these years (starting in Egypt) the VASA had its place in our living or dining rooms. Honest!! Guests didn’t seem to mind. So now it’s Aug 2016 and we live in Oceanside, CA. I surf 2-3 times/week but am also away a lot for consulting work. Yesterday and the day before I surfed, but nevertheless, today I spent 30 minutes on the VASA. This is the SAME unit I bought over 20 years ago; using the same paddles and associated gear. Oh: one of the finger strips finally broke…last week. VASA is sending me some new ones. A few years ago I turned over the main long bar, because I’d worn off the stainless steel surface at the trolley end. My unit has been to Egypt, Bolivia, Peru, Thailand, Virginia and is now in California. At age 70 years young, I credit the VASA for helping me to stay in shape, keep surfing, and all in all, just feeling Good!! My opinion: each of you should have your own unit. Seem expensive? OK, but every time you use it the price cuts in half. My unit is down to costing nothing. I’ve used it hundreds (thousands?) of times since 1996, and it is still in great shape (yes, always indoors…never outside by the pool or beach). Terrible story: yesterday I was out with a friend, legend surfer…nice guy. He couldn’t hold up his head or arch his back; had a lousy session. Using my VASA keeps me focused on arching my back and keeping my head up. Age notwithstanding, I never have back or neck issues. Never. 20+ years. Kept me surfing and in paddling shape. Can anything be better??

  4. James “Jimmy” Horst

    I once was a personal trainer to a few world champion boxers. I always sparred with each fighter and held my own to prove my theories for physically training to box were the best. Later years in my fifties boxing took a toll on my back and shoulders to the point I had to have back surgery. My one signature movement of going up and down a 17″ step at a quick clip was over. This was the “base” of my boxing workouts that was over. A premier sports physician that did my surgery told me not to ever use that high step again. It was at this time I ran across this marvelously simple vasa trainer. The thing that attracted me to it was that I could closely copy the same movement and stamina builder as that step by quickly springing off the board on this machine. I was so impressed (and thankful) by it being able to replace the step that I decided to purchase a second one to start a personal training business for helping the elderly and others with physical handicaps to be better. I did this for awhile and made a living from it however, I have since those personally trying times turned this business over to my oldest daughter because, now at 63, I’m able to train on a high step again without back issues. I will be able to retire in less than 2.5 years. At that time, I fully intend to go back into the ring to fight. Should I get injured along the way during workouts, I still have peace of mind knowing that this marvelous little machine will carry me through. By the way, to those of you that might be prospective personal trainers, this machine can easily be transported on a modified hand dolly up an down stairs. It is easily set up to train your clients in their homes too. (P.S. thank you Karen B. for all the help and support you gave me.)

  5. Joe Friel, Co-founder TrainingPeaks & TrainingBible Coaching

    I support the use of Vasa Trainer as part of the dry land swim training for triathletes. The Vasa Trainer has helped every athlete I know who has used it correctly. The skills refined on it are easily transposed to the pool. The main benefit is simply learning to fire the muscles in a correct pattern for the catch and pull stroke phases. It reinforces a good firing pattern far better than swim cords. It is also excellent for developing muscular endurance for swim-specific muscles.

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