Success Stories


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.”  Watch short video of Matt Kredich’s clinic on “Proper Swim Posture, Catch & Pull”.

JOE FRIEL / Co-founder

“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.”


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.”  Watch “A Day in the Life of Alex Meyer” video.

Triathlon Swim Coach saluting


Open Water Swimmer & Coach

“The beauty of the Vasa Swim Erg is its simplicity and adjustability.  I am no expert,  but we have crafted Swim Erg workouts and routines for all abilities.  Experiment and stay safe.  Honestly, it is almost impossible to get it wrong.  Pull in the wrong direction with the wrong musculature and the bench barely slides or the movement just feels wrong. Wrong pull on the Erg and power (watts) will be low. Feedback that would not be felt in the water is immediate and changes to technique come so much easier.”  More advice at Q & A with Dan

Female IronMan Athlete on bike


Multiple IronMan Age-Group Champion

“Time is my ultimate quandary so I consider the Vasa Swim Erg a must have tool. In my experience it correlates well with water swimming so I substitute 2 of my 4 swims with the erg. It’s easier than water to focus on perfect form. The varying resistance settings coupled with ability to monitor power output, distance and stroke rate result in swim specific strength that translate directly to the pool even for yardage minimalists like me.” Read more about Lisbeth…


Head Swim Coach, Germantown Academy

“We call it ‘Lane 7’ at Germantown Academy. We have three Vasa Swim Ergometers & 9 Vasa Trainers on our pool deck. The quality of workmanship in this product is unbelievable… the Vasa products have enhanced all the swimmers at Germantown Academy as we use them for working on stroke technique, conditioning, coordination and fitness. I would highly recommend they put a Vasa in every program.”

Triathlete in aero position on bike


Swimmer & Triathlete Coach

I’ve got limited pool time.  What’s best to do?

“Get a Vasa Swim Erg. Period. It will give you the most bang for your buck. If you don’t have a Swim Erg, then you need to do drills within swims. I call it a “systems check.” Do a 500 swim and within each 100, pick a focus point: your first 100, focus on the catch. The next 100, on accelerating your stroke. The next 100, on breathing. The fourth 100, relaxed recovery. Then put it all together in the last 100. When you focus on drills within a continuous swim, you’re “solving two problems with one answer” (fitness and technique).” More from Eric at Be the Best Version of Yourself


Olympian and ITU World Cup Champion

“The Vasa Ergometer provides an easy way to train in my house and prepare for my swim workouts. It will allow me to put in more time in the winter swimming without having to get into the water. The Ergometer is a great tool to add into strength training for swimmers and triathletes. It provides you with alternative exercises to strengthen your shoulders and really improves swim times. I have noticed that I am fresher on the bike and run. This is definitely due to being stronger and more efficient during the swim.”

Canadian Sports Institute Ontario


Providing world-class programs, staff, services, and leadership to high-performance athletes and coaches

“We are very happy with the swim ergometers – not only do they offer exceptional performance; they also have design elements and functionality that are excellent. We are currently using them for dryland training and conducting physiology research using hypoxic conditions in our altitude chamber.”


93-years young, Masters Swimmer & Senior Olympic Athlete

“I have a Vasa Trainer at home right outside of my bedroom and I have a Vasa Trainer in Barbados at my villa. I’ve had them for almost 20 years. It’s one of the greatest pieces of exercise equipment available today.

Every morning, I exercise for 33 minutes on a Vasa Trainer (doing a Butterfly pull) for 900 repetitions up and down. That takes about 33 minutes to complete.” READ MORE


Multiple Master’s Swimmer of the Year, and 200+ World Record Holder

“Practicing and training on the Vasa Ergometer will help you see and feel the proper technique of a high elbow catch.  Just a few minutes a day on the Erg can result in faster swimming & more power.  It promotes good biomechanics, lessening the chance of injury.  You can learn the correct pull pattern, then take it into the pool where it can translate into faster swimming.”


Masters Swimmer

“I am a 46-year-old masters swimmer and am faster now than I was in my thirties, and much credit goes to my Vasa Ergometer. When I first started training on the Erg, I would “pretend” I was swimming in the water. Now that I understand the biomechanical advantage of stroke training with the Vasa, it’s just the opposite. When I’m swimming, I “pretend” I’m on the Vasa Ergometer! The result has been more distance per stroke and less fatigue for equal yardage!”

Swimmer shaking hands with business owner

Tom Blackburne

Masters Swimmer

“Having a Vasa Trainer for over 25 years, I am in admiration of you and your company.  Your Vasa trainer is a large reason why I became an accomplished swimmer.  I would strongly recommend it to anyone who desires to have a competitive edge in our sport.”

Man surfing in ocean

Rick Rhodes

Surfer and Prone Paddleboarder

“I surfed for the first time since I started training on the erg: what a difference.  Greater efficiency, less work in the water, more waves.  Simply amazing!”  

What Paddler’s are saying:

Stephen Regenold

“The machine mimics the kayaking experience better than anything I have tried. My strengthened abs, shoulders and arms are testimony to the Ergometer’s efficiency in whipping a body into paddling shape. In three months so far, the Vasa Kayak Ergometer has made me a significantly stronger paddler. I feel fit and ready for my big race in February, where we’ll face hours of paddling in some of the most remote waters in the world. Patagonia here I come!”

Rich B.


“I have been using the Vasa Kayak Ergometer for 2 winters to replace paddling when the local waters freeze; I can say that it keeps me in good enough condition that I am able to get back to my fall best times in just a few short weeks. My son-in-law and I use the Vasa at least 3 or 4 times per week each and after 2 winters of use we have had no problems and there are so far no signs of wear. This machine really gives a good workout and I never feel it lacking in any way. I always feel I am better conditioned than my usual competition in the early spring races. I would highly recommend the Vasa to anyone looking to maintain kayaking fitness or just wanting a good winter workout. The folks at Vasa are great to work with and sent me a better suited seat in the beginning when I felt the usual seat did not work for me.”

Dave Joblin


“I have had the Vasa Ergometer for over one year now. I drove down to Vermont from Montreal to test it first and had the opportunity to meet Rob and his staff. I found them to be very personable and passionate about the product. Rob has also been receptive to subsequent feedback relating to potential improvements. I live only 5km from the river but taking into consideration the time needed to take my kayak out of the shed, tie it on, untie it and repeat it after a paddle, I save myself about 40 minutes each night by jumping on the Vasa in the basement. I also found the swim option last winter gave me a good workout of different muscle groups… and the chance to compare best times on the internet over different distances is addictive!” 

Pete Williams

Co-author of Paddle Fit and Core Performance, as well as an avid paddler.

Product Review, Standup Journal, Nov. 2013: “We’ve tested the SpaceSaver Erg over the last four months and have been surprised how often we turn to it, even living in Florida, where SUP is a year-round pastime. We’ve used it for 30-minute interval workouts, functional training, race preparation, swim workouts, and even for longer paddle sessions when Florida’s rain and notorious lightning have canceled scheduled outings on the water.” 

Peter Spagnoli

Physical Therapist & adventure racer

“I’ve owned the Vasa Ergometer for two years now. I initially bought it for the swim training, however, my emphasis has been adventure racing and the addition of the Kayak attachment has aided in my tremendous improvement in my paddling strength and endurance. I’m amazed at the feel of the Vasa to actual paddling. Living in the northeast can limit the time out on the water, but with the Vasa I’m able to maintain my training and prepare for early season races. I would say the Vasa Erg is one of the most important training tools I own.”