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Malmsten Swedish Swimming Goggles are arguably world most popular swimming goggles that have been used by many world class swimmers. They are self-assembled goggles, with the simple design and the best results.  Swedish Goggles are available at many colours and at a veeeery reasonable price (from $7). Check out the oFit store, the official Australian importer of the original Swedish swimming goggles and other products made by Malmsten.

Swedish Swimming Goggles Blue Oil Metallic

Benefits of training with pool buoys

Pull buoys are exceptional training devices for swimmers, triathletes and in some cases, they are also good for certain types of physical rehabilitation. With the buoy, you can just use your arms for forward motion in the water. By omitting assistance from your legs, you're isolating the muscles in your upper body, forcing your arms to do almost all of the work of propulsion.

Keep in mind that if a specific buoy model doesn't work for the kind of training you're doing, you may need to find a different product. For example, a bigger or more buoyant product might add better flotation to your workouts, keeping your lower torso and legs higher in the water.

Malmsten Pull Buoy is made from hard plastic and it's shaped with one small and one large pontoon & one side round and the other side flat - this enables lots of different training possibilities. It is a great training aid for swimmers who want a corresponding boost. Many famous triathlon coaches promote big pull buoys as it really imitates swimming in a wetsuit. However, big pull buoys were very hard to find in Australia. oFit store listens to its customers and we now offer the unique Malmsten Pull Buoy in our online store. Check it out at oFit store

The three reasons to use pool buoys

Technical advancement and assistance: A pull buoy helps develop and advance proper skill as well as assist in flotation of the hips and legs for under- developed athletes.

Recovery: Due to buoyancy subsidy from the buoy, pulling can be used for recovery during significant load phases in training, and/or to break up large main workout sets.

To build power: Removing the buoy and pulling with secured ankles is very challenging. Its application builds both technique and fitness, as the athlete works on core tautness, a higher stroke rate and increasing power. Without a kick or buoy, significant load is placed on the swimming muscles of the upper body.

VIBRAM FIVE FINGERS

I am sure you have seen someone wearing those funny shoes that make one's feet look like a froggy feet. "What are they? Is that only fasion? They look like they do not offer any protection?! I'm used to my trainers with 2+cm sole". Similar thoughts is probably having everyone who does not know these GREAT shoes. They are called Vibram Five Fingers and why do we use them?!

Many experts believe that wearing conventional shoes weaken our foot and leg muscles, leave them underdeveloped and more prone to injury. There are situations where traditional shoes are essential for protection, safety and security but it's equally important to stimulate and exercise the foot in a more natural state regularly. We were not born with the shoes on our feet, our prehistory ancestors survived millenia hunting, gathering, running, carrying heavy loads without the latest brand of Puma's. Our feet evolved over time to withstand the freedom that result from going barefoot everywhere. Going about “virtually barefoot” may seem odd to our sneaker-crazed modern world, but why not take a break from restrictive, clunky shoes and sneakers and traverse the earth as evolution intended (Well, as close as you can get while still maintaining some protection!)? Plus, being active and “barefoot” will build stronger ankles and leg muscles and improve your agility.

I have been using them for two years for many activities such as running, CrossFit workouts (squats, cleans, jerks, burpees, push ups etc), C2 rowing, walking, shopping, grocery shopping, kayaking, aquarobics and much, much more. I can really recommend them to everyone! The only drawback is the price - you can get them over here in Oz for about $190 which is not cheap at all BUT if you happen to know anyone who is going to USA ask them to bring you a pair - you can buy them over there only for US$80 and that makes a huge difference, nope?!