Posted at: 03/14/2013 6:38 PM
By: Benita Zahn
Dawn Borysewicz is working to enhance the technique of her swimming stroke without getting wet. She's using a new piece of equipment .. the Vasa ergonomic trainer to hone her stroke in advance of competing in a tri-athalon this June.
"I think definitely the efficiency in my stroke has really improved since I've been doing this with Kristen."
Efficiency improves along with strength. But just as important the Vasa helps you track your effort. In the past you couldn't quantify your workout beyond improved speed. This tracks how much power you're putting out with each stroke and more, helping to keep tabs on your progress.
" You can look at your strength on both sides of your body, left arm versus right arm" explains tri-athalon coach Kristen Hislop. "You can look at stroke count .Then, you can start playing all kinds of games to make a workout more fun. "
It's a very short learning curve to use the Vasa ergometer. I got the hang of it within a minute or two, thanks to Kristen's coaching. You The machine also serves as a full body workout and with some adaptations can be used for kayaking, canoeing and stand up paddling. While this is a boon for tri-athletes and competitive swimmers, it's also helpful for recreational swimmers.
"Swimming is one of those life skills so you get a little better you get a little more comfortable then you're out, you're swimming in a pool, you're swimming in open water, you're having more fun" says Hislop.
Hislop trains in her Clifton Park home. By the way, the Vasa is manufactured in Vermont.