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Monte asked in SportsSwimming & Diving · 1 decade ago

in training why do swimmers use flippers?

so I joined the YMCA to do some swimming. There are several people who use the equipment (the kick board, the pull bouys, the hand paddles). But I can't understand why they use the flippers. If they wanted to work their legs wouldn't using the flippers be cheating?

3 Answers

  • rwd
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Like hand paddles, flippers increase surface area, so it actually works your legs more than going without. Also, flippers help increase ankle flexibility, and help teach a more efficient leg motion.

  • 1 decade ago

    Have you ever used flippers before? The increased surface size increases drag in the water, so when you keep it causes alot more resistance than bare feet, so it helps to strengthen the leg muscles that kicking your feet use.

  • george
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    they help strengthen your legs and can even fix your kick if it is messed up

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