Tempo Trainer / Beeper
I strongly encourage swimmers to add a tempo beeper to their equipment bag. Here is a quick look at this nifty, valuable device:
Check out this instructive product demo video from my friend Glenn Mills and GoSwim.tv:
The most valuable aspect of using a training beeper is when you couple its use with stroke count awareness. The idea is not just to swim your strokes at a faster tempo but to swim specific stroke counts at faster tempos. Since the Tempo Trainer allows 1/100th second increments for stroke tempos you can work any stroke count toward faster tempos in small enough steps you won't even be aware of the difference. By using such baby steps to steadily increase the tempos of each of your different stroke counts, you'll get progressively faster while you learn a lot more about your swimming than you could without the beeper.
It's not a bad idea to spend some dry-land time practicing switching your beeper between modes:
Now go get you one them beeper thangs, y'hear!
Note: you may still find the original Tempo Trainer available - perfectly round in shape, it is not nearly as good as the Pro version. You want the TT Pro. It floats, which comes in real handy when it gets away from you in the water (and it will). Tthe battery is replaceable, which comes in handy when it dies (and it will). It is sturdier, which comes in handy when it gets away from you on deck (and it will). For just a few dollars more, the Pro version is a much better deal all around. Did I say, "get the Pro"? Get the Pro.
And be sure to check out the A Stroke In Time article series by Coach Emmett Hines.
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