Submitted: 01-07-2011 by Eric Neilsen
Being a coach and athlete, I am always looking for ways to maximize training time. The Vasa Erg does just that! You can play with applying different amounts of force, at different phases of your stroke (both swimming and kayaking) to find what is optimal for you in generating max power. Then with continued refinement of your biomechanics, you can determine your maximum sustainable power for a given distance or time.
Great for coaches when teaching because the athlete is right there, head above water not down the pool or river. This allows for instant feedback and with some simple verbal cues, allows the athlete to make the necessary stroke corrections to improve efficiency. If time and conditions permit, try ten to fifteen minutes on the Vasa Erg for technique work, then into the water later in the day for swim or paddle.
Great way to see if what you are working on while on the Vasa Erg, translates into more efficiency (Faster) in the water.