Product Review: The Best Equipment you can have while stuck at home.

Adam Depmore

Staying in shape and staying active can be tough while locked down at home. As I am sure many of you have experienced, keeping kids entertained during the Covid lockdown can be challenging. Each kid has their own way of doing things and not every tool is exciting for everyone.

While many of our families have purchased an Indo Board and are continuing to meet with Gabe during his Zoom sessions, many kids are still stuck exploring training options to get through the day. If this describes your kid, then we strongly encourage checking out several of the products we have reviewed over the years.

List below are our top picks. All of these products are proven to last for years. Several items I have owned for 12+ years and are still going strong. If you are interested in learning more about each product, email me and we can set a zoom time to go over each product and show how your kid can specifically benefit from it’s use.

Indo Board

Our top pick. Versatile and can be used by anyone. Young kids struggle figuring out how to use their legs and in turn fail to see the importance of kicking. Indo boards are a great tool for building leg strength while emphasizing spatial awareness, core strength and balance. All of which are imperative to swimming.

Indo boards are great for building upper body strength as well. There are tons of exercises you can do on the Indo board that will not only help build specific swimming strength, but strength for other sports as well.

www.indoboard.com

Vewdo Board

my wife bought me one of these a few months ago. It’s a blast and my go to piece right now. Vewdo boards were designed with two things in mind: agility and speed. Quick, responsive, and great for full-body conditioning, the Vewdo board is set apart by the hardwood angle tapered roller allowing for faster movement by creating more efficient transfer of rotational energy from your hips through your legs down to the board.
Jump Box: The vertical jump is by far the best way to test a persons athletic potential. We had used jump boxes for years and continually send kids off to DI schools largely due to how high they can jump. While most are expensive, you can make do with just about any any platform. Keep it safe though. Avoid jumping with out wearing shoes or go barefoot. Never jump in socks alone!

www.vewdo.com


Indian Clubs 

I was introduced to these back in 2007 when I started training with kettle bells. Indian Clubs are a type of exercise equipment used to present resistance in movement to develop strength and mobility. They consist of bowling-pin shaped wooden clubs of varying sizes and weights, which are swung in certain patterns as part of a strength exercise program. They can range in weight from a few pounds each to special clubs that can weigh as much as up to 100 pounds. For swimmers, we recommend using a pair between 3/4-1bs a piece. Over 60% of swimming related injuries are a result from poor use of the shoulder. Get a pair of these bad boys and keep those shoulders fresh for the long run!

https://www.performbetter.com/Indian-Clubs

Bosu Ball 

 consists of an inflated rubber hemisphere attached to a rigid platform. The device is often used for balance training. When the dome side faces up, the BOSU ball provides an unstable surface while the device remains stable. This combination of stable/unstable allows a wide range of users, from the young, elderly, or injured to the elite level athlete. With the dome side up, the device can be used for athletic drills and aerobic activities. The device can be flipped over so that the platform faces up. In this position, the device is highly unstable and can be used for other forms of exercise. There are many exercises you can do that mimic swim movements.


Kettlebell 

  is a cast iron or cast steel ball with a handle attached to the top (resembling a cannonball with a handle).Kettlebells are my go to equipment for training breaststrokers and the dolphin kick. Used for centuries as a means to improve one’s cardiovascular system, kettlebells have been adopted by many gym owners, trainers, and fitness enthusiast as a way to strength training and improve mobility. There are many lifting styles. We practice kettlebell sport  which is where the foundation of all lifts started.

If you are considering purchasing a kettlebell, please contact me first. Kettlebells come in different sizes and shapes and yes, there are kettlebells out there that I would not recommend anyone purchasing.

Swiss Ball 

 the swiss ball is an exercise ball, also known as a yoga ball, that is constructed of soft elastic with a diameter of approximately 35 to 85 centimeters and filled with air. Swimmers can use these everyday and are cheap! There a many of ones to choose from. The best in our opinion are from Theragear.

https://swissball.com

Stretch Cordz 

Stretch cordz are bands that are specifically designed to help build swimming movements. While you can buy bands almost anywhere, stretch cordz tend to last significantly longer and come with adjustable handles. https://nzcordz.com/product-category/strechcordz/strechcordz-dryland-resistance-training

https://nzcordz.com/product-category/strechcordz/strechcordz-dryland-resistance-training/


TRX Trainer 

Used these while in the service, but I didn’t really see the suspension training movement blow up until around 2009-10 as gyms began to use them. Push, pull, squat, twist… there are so many swim specific movements you can do with a TRX band. Best of all, they last forever. I still have my first one that I purchased in 2006 and it still works great!

https://www.trxtraining.com