Swimming gear may appear simple enough, all you really need is a swim suit and a pair of goggles, but there are a few swim gadgets that are both useful and functional. Having the right tools not only streamlines your trip too and from the lane line, it provides and opportunity for you to work on your form. Get ready for my must have swim equipment:
Swimming Gear Essintials
1. Speedo Mesh Equipment Bag
Having a gear bag that is both ventilated and durable is a must for carrying all of your gear to and from the lane line. For this purpose the Speedo Mesh Equipment Bag really delivers! Almost entirely constructed out of mesh, this bag insures your gear will air out between swim sessions, an absolute necessity for preventing nasty mold growth. With it’s simple sturdy design this bag will get the job done for years to come
2. Tyr Special Ops Goggles
I have mentioned these goggles before in My Favorite Things Tri Edition post, good goggles are possibly even more important than having a good swim suit. Over several years of racing triathlons, and many more years on swim team, I have gone through my fair share of goggles, of all the models I have tried, the TYR Special Ops Gogglesare hands down my favorite. These goggles are comfortable, don’t leak, and are 100% customizable.
3. Pull Buoy
The TYR Pull Buoy is a great tool form warming up, cooling down, and working on your swim form. If you are not familiar with this handy little gadget, you simply place it between your thighs too keep your legs afloat. This allows you to place all your focus on your arms. As an added bonus, if you are currently dealing with an ankle injury using the pull buoy will allow you to continue to swim and strengthen your upper body with out putting pressure on the ankle joint.
4. Kick Board
The TYR Kick Board allows you to focus on form and strength in your legs. My favorite thing about the TYR kick board is it’s shape and size. It is small enough to fit into my gear bag and is easy to tote around. Additionally, the nose of the board is perfectly molded to provide a comfortable grip. This kick board is much easier to use than the generic foam boards we used growing up on swim team!
5. Workout Binder
Admittedly, I often DIY my swim workouts, I write down my swim sets for the week, throw them in a plastic bag for “waterproofing” and away we go! That being said, the Workouts in a Binder for Swimmers, Triathletes, and Coaches is always in my swim bag, for days when I need some inspiration. This workout binder is full of great workouts for endurance athletes, it is completely water proof so you can keep it in your swim gear bag, and with it’s small size it doesn’t take up much space.
Essential Swimming Gear, what do I keep in my swim bag?
The above items are key, but here are a few more things you will find in my swim gear bag:
- Swim cap from my last race (if you haven’t raced yet, or you are particular about your swim caps, you may want to pick up a TYR Silicone Swim Cap, they are thicker and more durable than their latex counter part, they also cling less your hair.)
- Leave in conditioner, this one is really for the ladies. If you are swimming regularly you will want to protect you lovely locks from harsh pool chemicals. Wet hair in the showers, then apply a generous amount of leave in conditioner before you pull on your swim cap.
- Extra swim caps and goggles. I keep these in my gear bag encase mine break, or a lane mate forgets theirs at home that day.
There you have it, my swimming essentials, time to load up your gear bag and hit the pool!
What gear swimming gear is a must have in your swim bag?
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