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TRIED & TESTED

As the summer winds down in the Northern Hemisphere, our thoughts are turning to making the most of the autumn and winter months. For most of us that means spending more time in the pool, developing our technique and improving fitness before all of a sudden it’s the summer again, and those seemingly distant open water challenges you’ve been talking about are just around the corner. Alice Gartland

Back to the pool

Thank you to our testers: personal trainer Lisa Peake, swimmers Pip Barry and Kat Rowlands and Dan Abel for the insight on training kit

THIS MONTH

WE LOOK AT TRAINING ACCESSORIES TO GET YOU FIT, IMPROVE TECHNIQUE AND ADD VARIETY TO YOUR SWIMMING: FROM PADDLES TO PULL BUOYS AND PARACHUTES!

Paddles

Paddles provide increased resistance and can be used for strength and speed training. They are also high reward/ high risk: the higher resistance means that the risk of something going wrong (hurting your shoulder) is greatly increased if you don’t have good technique. Some paddles offer focus on particular aspects of technique too.

Pull Buoy

A pull buoy isolates the legs and provides increased buoyancy. It helps focus on the upper body and is good for strength work as it is lower risk than paddles. It can help a swimmer understand what a good body position feels like. But use sparingly and don’t simply use a pull buoy to hide legs that sink.

Kick Board

Good for practising body position and kick; and developing core strength. Remember that kicking with your head up takes you out of body position. Combining with a snorkel can be a good option as you can work on kick while practising effective body position. A small kick board can be used in a single arm stroke drill to give feedback on arm position.

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In our October issue we look at the hot topic of cold water swimming and whether it can help beat depression and find out how to get back your swim mojo if you need a motivation boost. Plus we test all the latest pool training gear; swim in wild waters in Norway, the Bahamas and Italy; and delve into the swimming history of America's smallest state. And we share more of your inspiring stories, photos and swimming adventures.