Halo Swim Training System includes: 1 Halo™ fold down swim bench with headrest and finish brush features 1 Halo™ Template 1 SPHandle Sports Vector Tube Trainer 1 Pacing device 40-240 beat and lite This Swim System address three key components of competitive swimming. The templates teach and reinforce "high elbow catch" sometimes called EVF - early vertical forearm - a crucial technique to middle and long distance freestyle. The tubing simulates proper force application because its progressive resistive nature carries over to acceleration through the underwater stroke path - and the metronome can benchmark and target the turnover or cycle rate appropriate for each swimmer and each stroke.
* Please select Halo™ Template Size A= 22"-24" B= 25"-27" C= 28"-30" D= 31"-33" E= 34"-36" F= 37"+
* Please select Tubing Resistance: Light Resistance Tubing (yellow), Medium Resistance Tubing (red), or Heavy Resistance Tubing (blue)
* Please select Pacing Equipment: Metronome or Tempo Trainer +$35.00
Posted by Michael Collins - Nova Masters Swim Coach on 14th Aug 2013
I have found the Halo to be a great teaching tool for swimmers trying to make technique changes as well as an outstanding conditioner to build endurance power.
It's quite interesting how different it feels on the bench vs. just using bands from a standing position. You can work on keeping the posture line much straighter.
The Halo really helps people learn to pull with higher elbows and shallower hands which is critical for power and stroke rate which equals increased speed!
It's definitely a better bang for the buck than a VASA trainer, and takes up WAY less room which is a really important thing for my already overloaded garage.
I started re-using the Halo to get ready for the 2013 Masters Nationals after breaking my scapula in Jan. 2013. I dropped 17 seconds from my 2012 time (19:02 down to 18:45), and did it in a slower pool that was a bit too hot. My 800 Free, and 400 Free times were also faster than I've been in 10+ years.
Posted by Lew Kidder, Tri Coach on 21st Mar 2013
“Most race minutes saved per training dollar spent”
Lew Kidder, Publisher (retired) and Tri-Coach
Posted by Bill Kircher on 5th Dec 2012
Finally found a dryland training device that helps one learn the "stroke" pattern. I would recommend using this device initially without the resistance bands to help ingrain the correct stroke pattern.
Posted by Jen Scott on 3rd Sep 2012
So far I really love this bench and halo system! it is easy to put together and store as well. At first it seemed really easy then 15 reps later I felt muscles I haven't used in a while. I am glad I purchased this.
Posted by Ernie Maglischo on 24th May 2012
Dear Craig - I must say that I am very impressed by your Halo Swim Bench. I have felt for a long time now that shoulder adduction is the propulsive arm motion used by most world-class swimmers during the insweep (middle underwater portion) of every stroke. Your Halo template is the only device I have seen that encourages swimmers to use the correct shoulder adduction motion during the insweep. The design and transparency of the Halo template guides the swimmer to pull correctly in a semi-circular path with a high elbow throughout the insweep.
Congratulations on inventing such a useful training device.
-- Ernie Maglischo, Author SWIMMING FASTEST
Posted by Kathy Rakel on 12th Apr 2011
The timeline says it all:
2007: applied for Air Force Triathlon Team and was not selected b/c I was new to triathlon and too slow (former basketball player & golfer)
Dec 2010: began using HALO trainer after Sheila Taormina's swim clinic and after reading her book, Call the Suit
Apr 2011: overall female winner at the Armed Forces Triathlon Championship and first person ever to claim this title with the fastest swim, bike, AND run splits!
I never would have imagined having the fastest swim split at a race where a few years earlier I was too inexperienced to even earn a position on the starting line. I am now out swimming athletes who were recruited swimmers in college. Consistent use of the HALO has resulted in significantly faster swimming both in the pool and in the open water!