Blue Seventy’s new trend setting Core Short is just that; a new piece of kit which I use in training and that life without would'nt be worth living! Ok, a bit over dramatic, possibly but these are by far my favourite piece of kit. The Blue Seventy Core Short, or floaty pants which some non-toy lovers like to refer to them as, are in between a pull buoy and your own legs. They are made of neoprene, just like a wetsuit, are incredibly comfortable to swim in and provide flexibility in your legs when kicking. A bit like Spanx but with just a little more rubber in them girls.
One of the main reasons I like the Core Short is that it mirrors the lift you get when in a wetsuit. Essentially , you get all the benefits of a pull buoy but with the addition of your own kick allowing the swimmer to work on timing. If the timing between the arms and legs are off, this will create drag and ultimately slow you down which is why these shorts are an important swimming aid. So being able to isolate your focus on the upper part of the body will eventually help you to work on a stronger technique at the front.
Suitable for all abilities, it also breaks up the monotony of long swim sets by adding just a bit of fun to your training. This is, of course, not to mention the cute orange detail that can be very slimming ( and lets face it; as triathletes we all care how we look! )
So there you have it; another endorsement on the benefits of pool toys, and a reminder that all triathletes SHOULD have in their swimming bag. But remember, use them as an aid not a crutch and if you do you will see how much fun and faster swimming really can be!
Pull Buoy next…