The Engine Pull Buoy is a great upper body training device to have on hand around the pool. The pull buoy gives you the chance to really work your arms, chest, and back and amp up your existing swim routine.
How the Pull Buoy Works
The Engine Pull Buoy, like other traditional pull buoys, works by disengaging the lower body and keeping it afloat at a proper body positioning level. When both of these factors come into play, the responsibility of pulling yourself through the water is transferred to your upper body. Because they aren’t used to doing all the work, your arms, chest and back get the ultimate strength training and conditioning workout thanks to the pull buoy’s design.
The device can be used to help improve overall endurance, can adjust and correct body positioning in the water, and can also help swimmers work on their stroke technique. When the Engine device is situated into place, your upper leg muscles naturally contract around the pull buoy to keep it steady. This effectively takes any sort of kicking motion out of play. And because your legs have to remain motionless, the pull buoy’s high buoyancy factor steps in and keeps legs from sinking towards the bottom of the pool. By maintaining proper hip, leg and feet alignment, the pull buoy can also help swimmers develop better body positioning muscle memory. And because you’ll be forced to keep your head down, thanks to your lower body’s alignment, trust in Engine to equip your swim with leak proof eyewear. The Engine Rockstars are a low-profile goggle that are streamline enough for competition use, and comfortable and stylish enough for everyday wear.
The Engine Pull Buoy is both lightweight and durable. The figure-8 curved design is made from EVA foam, which is resistant to chlorine damage, fading, and chipping. The material is also soft and won’t chafe even the most delicate skin areas. The buoy, which is available in either pink or black, measures 21cm (length) x 15cm (height) x 8.5cm (width). It’s fairly similar to other pull buoy’s designs, but its solid construction makes it a favorite among training athletes. If you’ve ever used the Speedo Adult Pull Buoy, you’ll love how similar in design and effective the Engine brand’s buoy performs.
The AquaGear Opinion
The AquaGear test pool was ready for some upper body action when they tried out the Engine Pull Buoy. Swimmers thought that the simple, contoured designed fit comfortably and nicely between the legs. And it didn’t hurt that this Engine product, like so many others from the fashionable brand, features eye-catching graffiti pink or black designs. The testers did have one tip for users. Unless you are very comfortable treading water, it is best to situate the pull buoy into place while in a seated position.
The Bottom Line
Give your legs a break and see just how far upper body strength training and conditioning can take your stroke of choice. Try the Engine Pull Buoy in your next water workout to achieve ultimate upper body results.