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Review: Speedo I.M. Tech Paddles

Using paddles in the pool is a great way to build arm strength and a technically sound stroke

Speedo I.M. Tech Paddles. Photo Courtesy to Speedo

In the swim, triathletes will often use their arms as their primary source of propulsion to rest their legs. To do this effectively, you need to condition your arms and perfect your technique.

Since I picked up a pair of I.M. Tech paddles from Speedo (large – red), they’ve been a regular in my swim set rotation. The large surface area of the paddles creates more resistance, helping develop strength. Being a smaller guy, arm strength is not my forte. So, by incorporating the paddles into my swim workout, I’m able to do some upper body strength training while working on my technique.

Because you’re pulling more water with each stroke, your arm turnover rate decreases – encouraging you to get a full extension and glide. The longer glide and slower turnover allow you to focus on the catch and pull phases of your swim, both helping improve your technique.

Getting a tight fit is essential when using paddles. The I.M. Tech Paddles use an elastic strap system that’s simple to use, durable and makes for quick transitions.

With two different paddle sizes to choose from, you can pick what works best for you. The smaller paddles are geared towards longer swim sets and beginners. The larger paddles are made for the experienced swimmer in mind, who wants more resistance when swimming.

I.M. Tech Paddles

Small/Medium | Blue | Height: 7.0” (18cm) | Width: 5.5” (14cm)
Medium/Large | Red | Height: 8.0” (20cm) | Width: 6.5” (16.5cm)

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If you’re eager to work on your swim stroke this off-season, you may want to check out the I.M. Tech Paddles from Speedo.

Priced at $22.00 CAN, you can find this product at your local retailer by visiting https://www.speedocanada.com/.