This is a great piece of equipment if you can't get to the pool. It also has the advantage of isolating and breaking down the front crawl stroke to strengthen the whole action.
As an older triathlete and I also participate in aquathlons (currently silver medalist in the world), I find it great to maintain muscle tone.
Had my ZEN8 for just over a month, I’m finding it a great aid. It took only a short time to get used to the setup, now it’s a core part of my routine.
Im happy with my purchase. It make me engage my core muscles
Great product, means I can increase swim training without trip to pool and fits around biking and run
Although only been using a few weeks has improved strength , catch and finish
With limited availability to pools and a short summer season in northern NY… an indoor swim skills solution using Zen8 is perfect. It is compact, easily portable, and workouts are concise.
Product is made well and works great. However I found the software program to be a little tough to work with - missed the two week trial due to issues so now just using product randomly until I have time to dig into this again.
Hey RK. Great to hear that you love the swim trainer :D
Sorry to hear that you missed out on the 2-week trial. We have enrolled you in this again, and if for any reason this is not a good time, just let us know and we will make sure you get access to this when it suits you. Have a great weekend. Victor
So I am training for my Ironman and this swim trainer helped me get my form right! This is one of the best thing an tri athlete could ever get. I am soo happy that I got zen 8 swim trainer! I can see a huge change especially with the core activation while swimming!
You guys are the best! I hope this swim trainer reaches every tri athlete so that they could all smash those swim workouts!
Cheers guys and good luck!
Great exercise. Quick and easy regular alternative to the pool.
Contructed well, shipped quickly. Very clumsy to use and very unsure how best to use.
Its great so far. Just received it.
I’ve used it every day this week. So far I like it a lot.
Fits the purpose of gaining swimming specific muscular fitness and has already improved my swim times
I haven't tried it out yet as have had eye surgery but am excited about the prospect of improving my stroke production .
Great product, easy to setup. Training for Ironman, this will be clutch.
An amazing tool to better you form. I have been using for a short time and it has done wonders. Being your not in the water you can concentrate more on the form and see what you are doing. Excellent trainer.
I wish it had a easier way to inflate. I also found it difficult to watch and follow the instructions for using. I still don’t understand how to use the hand paddles?
Hey. Thanks for your feedback, we'll take this on board and are always trying to improve. you should have received set-up videos + FREE 2 Week Trial to the coaching plan via email, or you may also use the QR code on the packaging.
Here's a video explaining in detail how to use the hand paddles.
Please let us know if you've got any other questions, here to help.
I purchased this for my son (11) to work on his technique on the days he doesn’t train. He trains 4 days a week, so uses this on the remaining 3 days. In the three weeks he has been using it, I have already noticed a faster pace, better arm technique, and he has noticed that he can swim stronger for longer. He’s not quite strong enough to use the arm ropes/paddles yet, they always ping off when he tries to use them, so he does separate resistance band exercises, but this will come in time. The YouTube videos are really helpful in giving him short training exercises too. It would be great if there could be some further videos uploaded focusing on use by youth, particularly as his body is much smaller! Great investment, very impressed.
Excellent ZEN8. Easy to set up. Great videos for set up and beginning use were a big help.
I have used it a couple times and so far, it has been a pretty good work out in a short amount of time. I am excited to see if it brings any swim gains.
I wish they had more exercise routines though.
After seeing this on FB multiple times and at 15% off, I took the plunge. Also, my local pool has been closed for resurfacing so I have not been able to swim since the end of March. Using ZEN8 gives one a solid workout! I’ll be interested to see the results when I finally am able to get back in the pool. Also, it arrived quickly and was fairly easy to set up, although getting it fully inflated takes some time. Thank goodness that a pump is included!!
The Zen8 is working out great. It took about 3 15 minute swims to find I can even track distance, SWOLF and time using the swim app on my Garmin 945 watch. I think the Zen8 will let me get a fitness workout without taking time to drive to the pool.
I was excited dor this product since it would be a good training alternative cause the open water is still really cold. In using it, it seems to not keep air in it, is that how it is designed to do? Is is less stable than I thought it would be. Is that how it was designed to be, since in the water one wouldn't be stable? I will keep trying to use it to see if it helps me. The concept is great.
Hey Adam. Sorry to hear about your inner bench. It should hold the air tight, and should not leak. Please email us, and we will send a replacement to you today, free of charge!
The Swim bench is designed to be unstable. the small side to side movements will over time lead to a stronger core and better body control. As you get used to it, you can incorporate single leg workouts (One leg off the ground) or both feet off the floor. This will help improve your streamlined position with time, reducing drag in the water.
Hope this helps.
I bought to practice prone paddling since I can’t make it to the ocean that often. I would kneel on 2 Bosu balls and paddle on my knees. The bungee chords were a lot tougher than I thought, probably need and easier chord. I swim a lot (9k-11k per week) so not a beginner I only made it 15 minutes the first time! Looking forward to my next session. I don’t have any pictures or videos at this time, but can send something later. Thanks, Charles
The workouts are very productive and efficient. I wasn’t expecting much from the trainer. However, I was proven wrong. The workouts are exactly what is neede and I’m very confident about my first Tri this summer.
The standard cords brake, I use them form 30-40 minute sets and have had 2 sets snap. The second set were a replacement so can’t complain about them.