How to Choose the Right Gear for Swimming

How to Choose the Right Gear for Swimming

How to Choose the Right Gear for Swimming

 How to Choose the Right Gear for Swimming - Ohio Fitness Garage

There are a few specific equipment needs before you hit the pool: swim suit, goggles, and if your hair is long, a cap. These are the bare necessities to comfortably swim the length of the pool. That being said, the right equipment for you is what feels right. Below outlines key things to know when choosing the your equipment.


            Swim Suit


            Swim suits are a swimmers only route to fashion. That being said, there are many styles, sizes, designs, and options.  Some of the best suits I have had were the brand Speedo. My favorite brand is the Speedo Endurance thin strap. The suit itself is a little pricier, but it lasts long and could be the only suit you ever need to buy. For an indoor workout, it is common to see many people in a one-piece, but if your practice takes you to an outdoor pool, check out Jolyn two pieces. These two pieces that are meant for sport. I bought one               for swimming and now use it at the beach as well. These suits stay on when the going gets tough. I highly recommend this suit for any active beach goer.



            There are many options for men. The itty, bitty speedo is the most touted suit of male                    swim wear, but it can be scary to look at that little piece of fabric questioning what it will cover. Luckily, there are other options. Though not as common,  you can wear your beach shorts. They will be heavy and slow you down, but they cover much more leg. Another option is to sport the jammer. A jammer is a knee length tight swim suit. It covers more skin but is tight to your body so it doesn’t collect as much water as your beach shorts would.




            If your hair is long and gets in your face, I highly recommend wearing a swim cap. There are many            types of swim caps, but when it comes to competitive swimming there are two different kinds: latex and silicone. Silicone caps can slip off of your head a little easier if you used conditioner the day before. Latex caps cling to your skull and sometimes your hair. If I am swimming in a race, I prefer latex caps because I know it won’t fall off. If I am practicing, I may use silicone for its comfort. With  either one, sometimes they come in two different sizes: small and large. If my hair is long, the large fits better. The small is more susceptible to falling off. When in doubt, opt for a bigger size.




            There are many types of goggles and twice as many brands. To keep it simple, choose the pair of goggles that fits your face without being extremely uncomfortable. I say extremely uncomfortable            because if you have never worn goggles before it might feel a little weird. The most common brand of goggles touted by competitive swimmers is the Speedo Vanquisher 2.0. You can find them mirrored (for the sun) and un-mirrored. They are by far the most effective and comfortable goggles I’ve worn. Of course, you can find a wide variety, but these are a good place to start.




Written by Michelle Gean


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