Why Swimming to Music Matters

Why Swimming to Music Matters

MUSIC IS EVERYWHERE, Now even in the Swimming Pool

From our alarm clocks, our phones, our cars, to the background of the elevators, lobbies and offices. There is no denying that music is a vital part of our lives. We look for music to inspire us, motivate us and escape to another world.

MANY ATHLETES VOW THAT MUSIC IS ONE OF THE MOST ESSENTIAL TOOLS THEY HAVE.

We see it during sporting events; many of the top athletes in Basketball and Football have developed the culture of having the latest headphones while arriving and warming up for games. Baseball and Hockey games have specific songs produced and played exclusively for them. Anyone heading to the gym or going for a run can take their music with them. But what about the swimmers?

WE ARE CONSTANTLY CHASING THAT NEVER-ENDING BLACK LINE.

Though many may argue, the silence of the water can be deafening. Coaches, teammates, parents and spectators cheer their hearts out to no avail. The outside world is literally drowned out. When you are in the water you are alone with your own thoughts. What if swimmers could have that extra push? What if you had the ability to get that one chart topping song out of your head? But even better yet…what if you had a tool that could increase your tempo, help you follow your pace, increase your stroke or kick rate? What if there was a way to simply listen to tracks that helped you develop the fundamentals and improved your technique? Now there is. First timers, elite swimmers, masters, and open water swimmers can now enjoy a world filled with music and its never ending possibilities. the Future of Swimming.

10 Ways to Fight Boredom While Lap Swimming

You wake up early and head to the pool, intent on cranking out 3,000 yards for the day. In a 25-yard pool, that’s 60 laps and 120 lengths, and it can mean over an hour going back in fourth in the same box, 25 yards by 8 feet.

Unlike running, cycling or even open water swimming, where the scenery changes and the pursuit of the destination keeps you occupied, swimming laps doesn’t have the built-in entertainment. If boredom is overwhelming, you better have some ideas to keep your mind occupied as you chip away at the yardage.

Not sure how to fight the monotony of lap swimming?

Intervals

Intervals give your swim workouts a purpose, plus it breaks up the repetitiveness of just going to the pool and pumping out lap after lap.

An example of an interval workout comes from Gale Bernhardt’s article on Fast 25s:

Repeat the following set two to three times:

  • 2 x 25 Build speed throughout the 25
  • 2 x 25 Swim half the distance as fast as you can, it doesn’t matter if it is first half or last half. Swim the other half easy.
  • 1 x 25 All-out fast
  • 1 x 50 Very relaxed and easy

Not only will this particular interval make you a faster swimmer, but it will keep you entertained as well.

Play Music

Technology is great. Now, we can somehow have electronic devices submerged underwater with us. And it doesn’t ruin them!

There are numerous pool-friendly MP3 players on the market, as well as other products that can waterproof your iPod shuffle.

This allows for us to actually hear the professionals sing, rather than listening to us humming to ourselves underwater during our workouts.

Quick tip: Athletes sometime get sucked into the rhythm that’s bouncing around in their brain, which means the music you’re listening to can affect your speed in the pool, for better or worse. Keep that in mind.

A wave of waterproof gadgetry is making swimming less boring. 

The Best Music Systems for Swimmers

These waterproof mp3 players and headphones will be music to your ears

You may already know that your favorite tunes can motivate you to run faster or stick with the kettlebells longer, but dry land isn’t the only place that your mp3 player can help you step up your fitness game: Listening to music underwater can make you swim faster, according to new research conducted at Brunel University in the United Kingdom.

In a recent study, 26 collegiate swimmers experimented with wearing earbuds during 200-meter trials for three weeks. They listened to motivational music for one week, neutral music for one week, and no music at all for the final week. Listening to both types of music helped the athletes slash their 200-meter times by three seconds. That may not sound like a lot, but in swimming, three seconds can be the difference between first and third place—and the difference would likely be even greater for longer distances. “We found that any song played at 130 beats per minute, mellow or upbeat, motivated the swimmers,” says study co-author Jasmin Hutchinson, assistant professor of exercise science and sport studies at Springfield College in Massachusetts.

Looking to improve your swim time or just have a more efficient workout? You might want to invest in one of these underwater music systems:
Already have a waterproof mp3 player? Then all you need are theseUnderwater Audio Swimbuds. The extra-short cord minimizes the chance of any tangling, and the around-the-ear style keeps them secure even during flip turns. $30;
If your iPhone is where you store your music, DRYBuds and DRYCasewill waterproof your device. Simply place your phone in the plastic case, use the pump to remove any extra air, and secure it to your arm with the neoprene arm band. Plug in the ear buds, and you’ll be rocking out, lap, after lap, after lap. $40 for DRYCase; $30 for DRYBuds
Pyle’s Waterproof MP3 Player is made of soft, silicon material that wraps around both your head and ears so you don’t have to deal with annoyingly long cords. Upload your music directly to the device, and you can decide whether you want to repeat or skip a track mid-swim with an easy tap of the control system under the right earpiece. $60

For those iPod Shuffle users, the X-1 Interval Swim Solution is your system. Just pop open the waterproof case, insert your Shuffle, and plug it into the inner wire. Then slide your goggle straps into either side of the device, and you’re ready to dive in. The device comes fully equipped with ear buds and multiple bud tips for a personalized fit. $100; available late May
Can’t seem to keep ear buds from slipping out of your ears? Try the FINIS Neptune. You can upload your favorite playlists directly onto it, then connect the mp3 player to your goggles and adjust the bone conduction speakers so they rest in front of your ears (on your temples). Hit the play button, and the speakers will vibrate the jaw bone, sending pulses into your inner ear canal. $160;

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