Just like a treadmill or cycling home trainer, a Dryland Swim Trainer is the most time-efficient and effective tool for swimmers, surfers, paddlers, and coaches to increase power, mobility, flexibility, and work on/visualize their technique.
ZEN8 customers report having more stamina in the water, increasing speed and stroke rate, and improving distance per stroke. In a recent survey, many customers reported how they finally do not feel the pressure of a missed in-water session, as they can get it done at home.
It's a must-have tool for any athletes looking to improve and/or maintain swim or surf fitness and good technique without spending hours swimming up and down crowded pools.
The ZEN8 Indoor Swim Trainer consists of an air swim bench, designed specifically for dryland swim training and heavy-duty swim cords with paddles. It is designed and developed to help triathletes, swim-runners, swimmers, surfers as well as other athletes and coaches to get faster and stronger in the water.
The ZEN8® Trainer is the perfect tool for anyone who wants to be faster, stronger, and more confident in the water.
Any level Triathlete, Swimmer, or Surfer will benefit from this time-efficient and easy-to-use tool.
Swim and Triathlon Coaches and Strength & Conditioning Coaches looking to help their athletes to the next level love using the ZEN8® Trainer to demonstrate technique and improve fitness.
We are proud to be helping over 9000+ people of all ages, from rookies to PROs train more, in less time.
Of course, you can!
If you don't care about the core activation from a perfectly imbalanced swim bench or being able to store it away easily, we recommend using a weightlifting bench and high-quality resistance bands. Not the cheap ($15-$25) ones that will snap and break after a few goes, or are as soft as chewing gum. You can then sign up for ZEN8 Coaching and we'll guide you through some great workouts whenever you want.
⛔️ Whatever you do, do not use a Yoga ball as it will make you pull too wide and this will damage your technique and muscle memory.
The ZEN8 Swim Bench is specifically designed to help you fast track your swimming and boost core stability, and body control which will help you get a better streamlined position and minimize drag in the water.
For swimmers +13 years old, The answer is yes, as long as they can follow simple instructions, and are under supervision of an adult.
With younger athletes it’s all about balance. It is not uncommon to find younger swimmers doing land training work or at least being introduced to it.
The ZEN8 Swim Trainer would definitely support this and is the most effective way train the muscles in a swim specific way.
The standard band strength is 3.6kg -10,8kg, therefore, despite being regarded as resistance training, it could be put in the same category as body weight exercise.
The key would be to start in moderation and build up the work. If you have any queries on the age of the child wanting to us the trainer and the level they are competing at, we are happy to pass on to our coach who can give better guidance.
Parents of other young developing swimmers reach out to us via email, and reviews and we love hearing about how these swimmers have improved after using the ZEN8 Swim Trainer for a short amount of time. We hope you're next!
The ZEN8 Swim Trainer was originally designed for triathletes, and swimmers but was quickly picked up by surfers all over the world to help boost paddling strength and explosiveness to catch bigger waves, and endure longer.
The Air Swim Bench is designed to be imbalanced, meaning you will fire up the core, and back whilst using it resulting in better body control and balance.
Surfers love being able to get in shape and ready for the demands of the ocean before a surf-trip, or just as a tool to maintain surf-fitness during off-season or flat days.
People love the convenience of being able to squeeze in quick, easy-to-follow workout at any time.
In 15 minutes you can get the same amount of muscle activation and fatigue that you would get from a 30-40 minute pool session.
This is thanks to added resistance compared to the water and is why training with the ZEN8 Swim Trainer is one of the most time-efficient and effective ways to boost your swim performance.
Only got 5 minutes? GREAT! 5 minutes, working on your catch will build muscle memory over time helping you catch more water with every stroke.
Some customers use the ZEN8 for 10 minutes just after waking up, and others for 15 minutes during their lunch break.
Want to go longer? We've got over 40 (and growing) on-demand dryland swim sessions ranging between 5 - 40 minutes.
There's no limits with what you can do with the ZEN8 Swim Trainer, and YOU decide how short or long you want to go. In the end, it will all count!
If you're anything like 85% of all age-group triathletes (not from a swimming background), the catch will not come natural to you. The catch is our bodies ability to move us forward in the water, and a good catch is crucial to swimming faster freestyle.
It will take years of practice in the pool, especially if you don't have much time for swimming, but the pool is not the only place you can reinforce this movement and build muscle memory. And you might have heard it, if you can't do it on dryland, you will never be able to do it in the water.
Having an alternative training method, at home, means that you can work on your catch whenever it suits you, in a controlled environment where you don't have to think about anything else around you.
Customers love that they can visualize their catch on the ZEN8 Swim Trainer following our guided workouts, quickly helping them understand the catch and improving it over time.
Simple exercises like single arm catch isolations, or catch pauses will help you catch more water faster than you ever though possible helping you effortlessly swim faster.
We primarily focus on the freestyle and butterfly stroke and the underwater phase of the stroke where you produce the propulsion.
The ZEN8 Swim Trainer will promote better strength, muscle memory and coordination as well as improve core stability and body control, to help you improve you your overall swim performance.
Find out more in this video below:
Of course not! If you're looking to replace swimming, we suggest that you find another sport. This is a tool to help you reach your goals IN the water.
Dryland Swim Training is very powerful in combination with in-water sessions, and a great tool for time-crunched athletes looking to increase swim-specific volume and optimize their swim training.
If you're a swimmer who's got all the time in the world, and do not care about getting to the next level, then no. Just keep swimming :)
But, if you lack time to get to the pool, or you just want a tool to help you gain swim specific strength, endurance and improve your technique, or if you're an unfit surfer who's looking to enjoy longer days surfing and catching more waves than YES!
ZEN8 Swim Trainer and Coaching is unique and hard to compare, and you can't put a price on being confident on race day or time saved that can be spent with the family.
But to put it all into comparison here's a few items you might be looking at:
• Aero Wheels - from $2000
Time Save: 48 seconds over a 40K TT at 300 watts
• Nike Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT% - $300
Speed Gain: 6 minutes if you run a three-hour marathon.
• Cheap Resistance Bands of Amazon - $30
Gains: Great for warm-up as long as they last.
• Vasa Swim Trainer - from $1800
Time Saved: Save hours of your busy life and swim faster.
• Weightlifting Bench + Quality Swim Cords - from $200
Gains: Power, Endurance, Technique but bulky and won't address core and back.
• ZEN8® Swim Trainer - from $197 or $3.8 / week over one year.
Time Saved: Hours each week and will make you Swim Faster. Stronger. More Confident.
Other customers have reported cutting their swim time over 3800m by 16 minutes faster after using the ZEN8®. Going from 1h16min down to 1h for 3800m. Results will vary depending on your current level and dedication.
For the price of a pair of running shoes we can guarantee that you'll have a tool for a long time that will not only save you time every weeks, but also make it easier to do your swim training.
The ZEN8® is built to last and over the course of a year using the Swim Trainer the cost per week is less than $3.8/week. Probably less than it would cost to drive to the pool and back.
If you sign up for our newsletter you will get a discount for on your first purchase.
Yes, if you can't make a decision here and now, we will let you train with the ZEN8 Swim Trainer in the comfort of your own home for 30 Days before you have to make a decision. (Yes you can actually train with it for 30 days, and then send it back for a full refund, including our training plans if you want, just make sure the original packaging is not damaged.)
If you for any reason are not happy with your ZEN8 Swim Trainer or Workout Library, just email us and we will help you with a hassle-free return and send your money back.
If you live in mainland USA, UK or EU we will pay the return cost.
ZEN8® SWIM TRAINER
The ZEN8 Indoor Swim Trainer comes packaged in a box measuring 30x25x17cm and 3.4kg.
Depending on resistance wanted, an area less than 3.2m from the anchor point is needed. The Swim Trainer is designed to fit in small spaces.
In the box:
• Portable Air Swim-Bench - with Core Activation & Body Control Technology (13,8x19,7x31,5")
• Bench Cover - Antibacterial Mesh for comfort. Easy to wash.
• ZEN8® Swim Cords With Paddles - Level 1 (3.6 - 10,8kg / 8 - 24lbs) For Beginners - Pros
• Hand Pump & a mystery gift.
Set up in less than 10 minutes.
NO drilling is needed.
Just attach cords to any strong fitting in your home. Loop the bands around a door handle, or use the anchor in between a closed door or window. MAKE SURE THE DOOR IS PROPERLY CLOSED AND CAN'T ACCIDENTALLY OPEN.
Yes. We do not recommend athletes use the ZEN8 Swim Trainer it if they're 135kg (300lbs) or heavier. Even though the swim bench is strong enough to hold weights higher than this, it is not recommended.
The LVL1 Swim Cords are the perfect strength for 99% of our customers, and the best bands to start with no matter age, shape, or experience.
How is this possible?
The ZEN8 Swim Trainer is super lightweight, and can easily be moved back and forth to find different power zones. If the bands are slightly too hard for a certain exercise, you can easily move 5-10cm closer to the anchor point "shifting gear". Want more power? Move slightly backwards.
As you get stronger and want more power and explosiveness the LVL2 Swim Cords are a great upgrade. If you want to save money and get it all at once together with our on-demand coaching plans you can save big with the ZEN8 Bundles.
ZEN8® Coaching is your guide, or shall we say on-demand coach, to Dryland Swim Training. We focus on helping you optimize your in-water performance from the comfort of your own home.
In ZEN8® Coaching you will find guided ZWIM AT HOME™ sessions that you can add in on top of your normal swim routine. Various structured training plans that mainly focus on the Freestyle Swim.
As a bonus, and as we are getting to know you, our customers, better and better, we have also added in-water sessions and drills to help you achieve your goals even faster.
If you already got a coach, and you know what you need to work on, simply add the sessions on top of your normal coaching plan.
With ZEN8 Coaching you can mix and match as you want, and you will quickly find your favourite sessions that fits into your training.
Once you've purchased a training plan or a bundle we will automatically enroll you to your coaching plan.
If you're new to Dryland Swim Training and the ZEN8® Swim Trainer we suggest everyone start with the ZEN8® Foundation to get started.
From here, it's really up to you how you want to use the various plans.
Want some quick wins? Then jump straight into the 5-Day Catch Challenge which is a mix of ZEN8® workouts combined with in-water sessions that will help you catch more water within 5 Days. Guaranteed.
From here, you can either jump into the 6-WEEK ZEN8® BOOSTER Plan which is designed as a starting-block towards your long-term goals, or why not get straight into the ZEN8® & BMC Pro Triathlon Team Swim Plan, which is a mix of both Dryland Swim Training and in-water sessions.
Just looking for guided workouts on the ZEN8® Swim Trainer? You will find over 40 on-demand workouts for technique, endurance or power and you can chose from anywhere between 5 - 40 minute sessions. If you want any guidance on how to use this in your current plan, feel free to reach out and our head coach Kieran Lindars will help you.
If you already follow a swim training plan you can choose to skip the in-water sessions that we recommend and only use the ZEN8® Swim Trainer sessions.
The in-water sessions and drills are for people who do not have a current plan or a coach.
You can simply pick and chose what you like, and add it to your existing swim training.
Yes, definitely. You can find them here.
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