Selecting the perfect mens swimwear can be challenging, especially for professional swimmers. Competitive swimmers often need advice selectingchoosing the right size, fit and style of swimwear for their shape.
Of course you need to start with getting the measurements right. Butalong with the right fit, functionality is critical. And while appearance may not be such a huge issue, you do want it to look good as well. Ultimately the right swimwear is an important component of your overall performance, so getting it right matters.
Here are some tips for professional swimmers looking to buy swimwear:
Give yourself enough time
One of the most important things is to set aside enough timeto get check out the different styles and to get well fitted. Choosing the right swimwear requires research and time, trying on different styles to get the performance enhancing benefits that will suit you best.
Understand what you need
The right swimwear needs to be suited to what you need and requires an understanding of the intensity and type of swimming and training you will be doing. For example, if you are focused on leg movement, loose material could result in uncomfortable chafing.
If you are competing, you will need tighter swimwear that reduces drag.If you’re competing in the outdoors with prolonged sun exposure, it’s better to getthe one that covers your body. You should consider your specific needs to find the perfect swimwear.
Get fitted properly
Another essential factor that many people get wrong is the fit. Your swimsuit shouldn’t be so loose that it creates drag or chafe and nor it should be so tight that it impairs your swimming action.
Swimwear should also be fitted well around the crotch. As well as making the swimwear more comfortable the perfect fit also maximises the life of your gear.
Choose the right style and fit for you
Men’s swimwear ranges from in coverage from minimal to full body. The minimalist swimwear allows for a full range of motion for all strokes and reduces drag. Most people wear briefs for practice and racing. However, there are other stylesdeveloped specifically for professional swimmers.
Jammers: These suits are the longer version of briefs and fit mid-thigh. If they are too tight, they can restrict movement but they provide more coverage than traditional swimsuits.
Drag suits: These suits create drag in the water and are worn only during practice to build strength and endurance.
Square leg: These are slightly longer than briefs and considered more fashionable. They can be used for both racing and practice.
Know the Materials Used
Swimsuits usually are made with stretchy materials such as nylon, spandex, polyamide or polyester. Nylon and Lycra are quite popular among professional swimmers as both of them haveexcellent stretch.
Polyamide swimsuits are easier to maintain and have quick-drying ability. Polyester also has all these characteristics, but it is less comfortable and less flexible.
Correctly chosen swimwear can make a huge difference to your performance in the pool. Remember, whatever style you buy, don’t skimp on the quality.