Author Archives: Mark Stephens

New Firmware Release (1.0.1.8) for Swimsense®

New Firmware Release (1.0.1.8) for Swimsense®

A new firmware version of the Swimsense® is now available (1.0.1.8). Thanks to all of our “Beta” users who provided such valuable feedback! The new general release incorporates updates to the stroke-recognition algorithms, the calorie calculations, and the stroke-rate fields. … Continue reading

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New Beta-Testing Now Available for Swimsense – *Updated

New Beta-Testing Now Available for Swimsense - *Updated

**UPDATE (7/18/2011)** Today we have released the next beta firmware version (1.0.1.8B2). Thanks to the feedback from over 140 Beta users so far, we solved the workout dates issue quickly and effectively. — A new “beta” version of the Swimsense® firmware … Continue reading

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Swimsense now integrated with SportTracks

We are pleased to announce that the Swimsense® performance monitor is now integrated with SportTracks data tracking software. SportTracks users will need to download the import plugin from the SportTracks website: http://www.zonefivesoftware.com/sporttracks/plugins/?p=swimsense-import After installing the plugin within the SportTracks software, go … Continue reading

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AquaPulse™ Heart Rate Monitor Now Available!

AquaPulse™ Heart Rate Monitor Now Available!

We have alluded to the importance of heart rate monitoring in past posts (here, here and here), and now we are pleased to announce the immediate availability of the AquaPulse™! The AquaPulse™ Heart Rate Monitor is built specifically for swimmers … Continue reading

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Underwater Dolphin Kick Requires Education and Dedication

Underwater Dolphin Kick Requires Education and Dedication

I attended the Central States Swim Clinic this past weekend, and talked to a number of coaches and swimmers about underwater dolphin kick. The consensus was that the “5th stroke” of underwater kicking has certainly made a big impact on … Continue reading

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Family Fun – Swimming Workout

May is family fitness month, so I wanted to write a fun swim workout that the whole family can do. I will make a general assumption that all the family members can swim, the children are at least 10-years-old, and … Continue reading

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Another Use for the Snorkel – Head Position in Breaststroke

Another Use for the Snorkel - Head Position in Breaststroke

Swimmers and coaches use the Swimmer’s Snorkel in all facets of training. Many use it for warm-up and technique work, others use it for aerobic test sets, and we have even seen triathletes use the snorkel for a good cardio-vascular … Continue reading

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Getting to 10,000 Hours – Becoming a Swimming Expert

Getting to 10,000 Hours – Becoming a Swimming Expert

Perhaps some of you have read the great Malcom Gladwell book, “Outliers”. One of the pieces that Gladwell touches on is that successful people put in the work. They aren’t suddenly successful overnight, but rather they commit many hours to … Continue reading

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Suggested Sets with the Turnmaster Pro

Suggested Sets with the Turnmaster Pro

We introduced the Turnmaster Pro last fall, and have seen the versatile piece of pool equipment become an overnight success. Teams in Australia, Europe, and the US are putting in the Turnmaster Pro to maximize their pool space and improve … Continue reading

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Swimming Pool Etiquette – Do you Pee in the Pool?

Okay, so many of us have done it, but does that make it right? Peeing in the pool is seemingly disgusting yet overwhelmingly satisfying at the same time. Pros: Feels good If you are in the middle of a workout … Continue reading

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