What are VoloBlades?
VoloBlades are technique-enhancing paddles, the first of their kind. We came up with this design as a way to encourage swimmers to use their core and large muscle groups to generate more power, while taking pressure off the shoulder.
As an example, when we pull ourselves out of the pool, both hands are well planted on deck. We pull with our lats and triceps. Try this with just your fingertips. You’ll find that it’s much harder. The shoulders are now doing most of the work, leading to greater risk of injury. Swimming is the same. If we pull with our fingertips we engage the shoulders. If we pull with our palm we’ll use our lats and triceps, generating easy power. VoloBlades are our solution to developing the feel and the power of the pull.
During the catch phase, VoloBlades encourage a high elbow catch, allowing for better anchor and leverage, creating a more powerful stroke. This is essential to free, fly and breaststroke. For backstroke, VoloBlades help with the initial entry and catch through the power phase, promoting excellent setup to the recovery.
What size VoloBlades should I use?
The smaller VB45's are great for drills and working on basic technique. They can be used for the entire workout, helping swimmers fine tune their feel for the water, promoting a more efficient stroke.
VB60's are larger and great for power sets. They provide more resistance during the pull phase, developing power and strength.
ZB weights: zero buoyancy
We have created a system of weights to complement VoloBlades. ZB weights are made from an industrial grade high density felt that absorbs water, and adds weight to our paddles during above water recovery. Underwater, ZB weights maintain a neutral buoyancy and provide drag without adding any effective weight -- just like DragSox!
VoloBlades plus ZB weights create a cycle of weight and drag throughout a swimmer's stroke, making for a great upper-body power training tool while promoting excellent technique.
Are there Different sizes?
Yes, ZB weights come in 2 sizes, 1/4" and 1/2" thickness. The 1/4" is about 3oz when wet, 1/2" is about 6oz.
How to care for ZB weights.
Rinse or soak ZB weights in clean fresh water after each use. If you have a suit spinner at your pool, put your ZBs in there and give them a spin. Hang them from a clothesline or hanger by hooking them through one of the bottom holes to let them dry.
How do I use VoloBlades?
Here are the instructions for VoloBlades and ZB weights. This is where you can find sample sets, videos and a journal of our workouts.
Handmade in the USA!
VoloBlades and ZB weights are Handmade in the USA! Our Production Team uses only the best materials, making small quantities at a time to ensure only the best quality. VoloBlades and ZB weights are sold separately.