Friday, November 25, 2016

It's Black Friday! And A Swimming Power Meter For Just $32 ??!!

Fly The Flag with a
brand new Archimedes 2!!
Today is Black Friday and that means incredible savings on Swim Smooth DVDs, HUUB wetsuits and Finis products in the Swim Smooth Shop: www.swimsmooth.com/products

To highlight just a few of the deals:

- By entering promo code 5CQM-QHAC you can save up to 30% when you sign-up for a Guru PRO subscription. All of Swim Smooth's coaching to transfor your swimming! : www.swimsmooth.guru

- We have the Great Britain Edition of the HUUB Archimedes 2 on sale for £299 (or just £239 if you live outside the European Union) with FREE WORLDWIDE Shipping too! www.swimsmooth.com/archimedes2

- All three of our coaching DVDs are discounted by up to 40%: DVD Boxset, Learn2Swim and Catch Masterclass

All offers must end on Monday 28th - so don't miss out!




Last shipping dates for pre Christmas delivery:  UK: 21st Dec, USA/Canada: 15th Dec, EU Countries: 14th Dec, Central / South America: 8th Dec, Australia / NZ: 10th Dec




Does A Swimming Power Meter Already Exist?

If you've used a power meter on the bike you'll know it's an amazing bit of kit, letting you accurately set your training intensities and measure small incremental improvements in your cycling fitness as the weeks and months go by.

But what if you could achieve those same benefits for your swimming... and for just US$32?

Well actually you can using a Finis Tempo Trainer Pro (on sale for just US$32/UK£26/AU$45 in our Black Friday sale!)

Here's how:

Most swimmers think of the Tempo Trainer as a way to control their stroke rate (cadence) as they swim, and this is certainly a very valuable thing to do when developing your stroke technique. However, and perhaps even more usefully, you can slow the timer right down and set your Tempo Trainer to beep every length of the pool instead.

Since there's no current or waves in a pool and the length is always the same, this allows you to control the speed (and so intensity) at which you are swimming very accurately. Use a 25m pool and want to swim at 2 minutes per 100m? Just set the Tempo Trainer to 30 seconds, pop it under your swim cap and judge your speed so you turn and push-off when the beep goes. It's a bit like a beep test in the gym but the pace stays the same rather than getting faster.

May the beep by with you... always.
On a bike you might use your power meter to ride a threshold session of 4x 10 minutes at your threshold watts. To do the same thing in pool just set the time on your Tempo Trainer to your CSS pace per length and swim out a CSS set staying with the beeper. Such a set might look like: 6x 300m with one beep rest between each interval.

[More on finding your CSS pace here and a more advanced version in the Guru here]

Just like a power meter this is a brilliant way to accurately target the right intensity to improve quickly... And you'll immediately notice improvements in fitness as you start to edge ahead of the beeper by a few seconds session by session. Of course as soon as that happens you need to tweak the time down a little to keep those improvements coming in an optimum fashion!

Just like a power meter the Tempo Trainer will also help you develop your pacing skills, it's easy to get ahead of the beeper at first but with the help of the beeper learn to control that urge and the quality of your training will immediately improve for bigger fitness gains.

Of course a Tempo Trainer Pro isn't quite a power meter for swimming as it doesn't directly measure your swimming watts (nothing can do that right now) but in practise it is just as good and is a tiny fraction of the cost.


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