The uniquely styled Finis Forearm Fulcrum allows freestylers to achieve better vertical arm entry and increase their stroke's efficiency.
Improves Early Vertical Forearm Entry
Early Vertical Forearm, or EVF, is an essential component of a successful freestyle stroke. Keeping your elbow high and entering the water 'fingertips first' places the entire arm in optimal positioning. EVF entry helps increase efficiency and allows for a more powerful pull, leading to increases in overall speed. The Finis Forearm Fulcrum was specifically designed to help swimmers achieve EVF, and therefore allow them to perfect their stroke's catch and pull. If you're looking to achieve EVF and increase strength in your upper body, then the Finis Fulcrum Paddles might be better suited to your needs. These hand paddles help increase the upper body's load, all the while positioning the hand and forearm for great catch and pull form.
How To Use the Fulcrum
Even though it might be intimidating at first, the Finis Fulcrum is actually quite easy to use. Its figure-8 design slips onto the forearm and hand, creating slight tension on the arm and naturally putting the forearm and hand into perfect freestyle form. The Forearm Fulcrum is one of the easiest ways to correct a bad catch. Swim with the Fulcrum for a few laps each time you train and you'll soon begin to feel the difference in your catch. Training with the Finis device is easy, since it doesn't hinder arm movement and doesn't strain the shoulders, like hand paddles can. Pair the training device with a pull buoy, such as the comfortable Aqua Sphere Ergonomic Pull Buoy, to give yourself a chance to fully focus on correcting your upper body's movements.
The Finis Forearm Fulcrum is made from a lightweight, durable plastic. While the figure-8 design fits comfortably on the arm, soft rubber padding on the device cushions your forearm and fingers, ensuring that you'll always get a chafe-free, comfortable swim while wearing the device. The blue fulcrums are junior size and perfect for any budding freestyler. The yellow fulcrums are sized for adults and will fit most adult swimmers. The Finis Fulcrums are sold individually.
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The AquaGear Opinion
The Finis Forearm Fulcrum went through a good testing session in the AquaGear pool. Testers were very pleased at how well the device maintained an unbreakable EVF entry. It only took a few laps for swimmers to get used to wearing the Fulcrum. They thought that the technical device could really help both short course and long distance swimmers achieve a more efficient and powerful stroke. Plus, the Fulcrum, with it's super soft padding, remained comfortable to wear during the session. Testers did want to remind users that this is a technique device and should only be used for a short period during training. By using the Fulcrum sparingly, you won't become reliant on the device to correct your stroke for you
The Bottom Line
The Finis Forearm Fulcrum can help you swim faster and achieve effortless efficiency. If you're a competitive freestyler, or any front crawl enthusiast who needs a lesson in form, then this device is for you!