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<p>Anyone have experience using swim stretch cords?  Effective?  Yes, no, maybe?</p>
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<p>Once the outdoor pool closes at my gym, I will go back to the scheduling problems I deal with regarding the indoor pool.  That and the sheer boredom of doing endless laps are my two primary limiters on the swim workouts.  I'm wondering if one or two workouts per week using cords in the garage would help.</p>
 

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<p>Sort of a disclaimer here - I don't use them, so I don't have any personal experience to share.</p>
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<p>The general tone I get from people who do/have used them is that they can be a nice supplement to your swim program if used properly, but not a good "replacement" for swimming. That's probably the most obvious and useless answer I can give, but it's all I've got! Sorry!</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>kburnell</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69314/swim-cords-anyone#post_1930679"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>The general tone I get from people who do/have used them is that they can be a nice supplement to your swim program if used properly, but not a good "replacement" for swimming. That's probably the most obvious and useless answer I can give, but it's all I've got! Sorry!</p>
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No, that helps.  And it's exactly what I was/am hoping to do - supplement, not replace.  They're only forty bucks, so I'll probably give them a shot over winter.  Why not?  But if the general consensus was that they're comparable to wearing a magnetic wrist band, well...I could buy a real nice bottle of wine for forty bucks!</p>
 

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<p>I think they are great.  I use them when I travel, and sometimes when in our team practices our coach will have us do about 15 minutes of them as part of our strength training.   I use a vasa which is the same concept but sort of like a swim treadmill.  Great for building swimming strength when you use the right technique.  Should really help the swimming. </p>
 

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<p>Matt,</p>
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<p>I got a swimp3 player for about 100 and it makes it a lot less painful to just lot laps.  I'm probably ramping my volume back to about 2500M from 3500+ since i'm not IM training this year and think i'll be working in more shorter sets with speed as I know my form is better, so that will break up the boredom from the 3x800's which used to make my head explode! The Music helps a lot, I may try an audio book or talk, but I'm not sure I can pay that much attention. I liked the swimp3 player as the ones with earphones - h2oaudio seemed to sound crappy.  </p>
 
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