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HALO™ Swim Training System (HALO™ folding swim bench)

  • Folding Swim Bench w Headrest, Patented Swim Stroke templates, Progressive-Resistant  tubing for palm and elbow, tempo setting metronome, and finish brushes to complete each stroke.
  • There are many variables in the equation to swim fast. The "catch" is the most important variable because it occurs just after hand entry and sets-up the arm for the entire propulsive phase of the stroke. Miss the "catch" (early vertical forearm) and the rest of the stroke is compromised.
  • HALO's templates have been re-designed!  They still address the crucial "Catch" of the original template, and the new shape better defines that Catch zone, yet our research revealed a stroke path after the Catch that better mimics the best swimmers in the world. We studied both live and tape footage of five world record holders that persuaded us to do the re-design. We believe it will help you swim faster and more efficiently, because it helps you set-up the Catch and then puts you in the most powerful position to execute the rest of the stroke. Our instructions will take you through the stroke, color-coded, point-by-point. We think you'll like it ! (bare with us as we upgrade photos across the various platforms)
  • Templates come in 5 sizes : see the chart below to zero in on the best fit for you. (or get all five if you have multiple swimmers who train with you - additional units at discount)
  • One template comes with the $499.00 Halo swim bench package. Select the size that fits you best. The right fit will optimize your Catch and will keep your back and lats engaged as you pull through the Power phase of the stroke. Additional templates are available when purchasing the system. Coaches of adult athletes most often use the C-D-E templates. Round down to the nearest alpha-range if measurement is a fraction. 
Call 800-443-8946 or email info@lanegainer.com with questions.
  • Select your SPHandle resistance to simulate the force you apply to the water from your palm and shoulder. Color coded for different strengths. Choose based on height, weight and swim skill level. See chart. (or get all three - additional units at discount)
  • Select your H.E.A.T. resistance to simulate the force you apply to the water from your elbow and back. Color coded for different strengths. Choose based on height, weight and swim skill level. See chart. (or get all three - additional units at discount) H.E.A.T = "High Elbow Attached Tubing"
  • Choose a tubing size guided by Height, Weight and Skill level.
  • Headrest to guide proper head position/alignment. While swimming water "floats" the head. Having a headrest better simulates a real swim and relieves mild neck strain that can occur without a headrest.
  • The "finish brushes" adjust along both edges of the HALO bench to ensure consistent stroke length each pull. This is important especially while doing tempo work because stroke length must be maintained in order for stroke turn-over rate to be meaningful.
  • HALO Swim Bench addresses several elements of stroke technique, swim specific strength and crucial turnover/tempo rates important in the overall successful swimming equation.
  • Halo Sphandles : "Sphandle" combines both a open hand swim paddle grip and a closed hand fist-grip into one set of tubing.  Depending on your desired exercise, the Spandles will accommodate swim specific pulls for stroke work and hand grip pulls for rotator cuff and/or general exercises.  The Sphandles™ have a webbing loop that floats along the 10' length of tubing that can be used to attach the tubing to most stationary fixtures.
  • HALO H.E.A.T. ™ is the newest addition to the HALO circle of products.
H.E.A.T. is an acronym for High Elbow Attached Tubing; Tubing that targets the lats and upper-back like a sniper. HEAT brings the tubing user-experience to an entirely different level and you are going to "love the burn". You can use HEAT alone, but we suggest combining HEAT with the standard hand-grip HALO/SPHandle tubing to create a matrix of work-out sets that will fire up any Swimmer or Triathlete.  You can do elbow only sets, hand only sets and sets using both HEAT and Sphandles at the same time which will help you find the perfect balance in the perfect pull! Ready to swim fast ? Turn up the HEAT !
  • Optional Discounted Addition to Halo Swim System : 

The new and improved Tempo Trainer Pro now comes with:
    Sync Button • Replaceable Battery • Additional 3rd Mode: Strokes-Per-Minute • and Now it Floats
The small waterproof device easily secures under a swimmer’s cap and transmits an audible tempo beep. Athletes use the beep to train smarter and discover their perfect pace. The advanced unit also has a new Sync button and a new mode strokes/strides per minute for increased functionality. The Tempo Trainer Pro includes a clip for dry land exercise. See full description in Swimming section of website.
  • Sheila is an Olympic Gold medalist, World Champion and 4x Olympian in 3 different sports: Swimming, Triathlon, and Modern Pentathlon.  Swim Speed Secrets, 2nd ed. circles back to beautifully illustrate and explain fast swimming in an easy fun reading style. Author of Swim Speed Secrets / Velo Press series - Sheila's experience, research and style
  • The Halo System includes the following features:  A fold-down 304-Stainless Steel bench with a headrest for correct streamline position, a printed see-through template that guides you into a proper Catch and the zones for Power and Finish in the stroke path - plus Hand-Pitch orientation lines so you push water in the right direction, a set of Halo Sphandle™ resistance tubing that promotes acceleration in the stroke pull pattern, a Halo HEAT and adjustable Finish Brushes that make the use of a metronome meaningful for stroke turn-over/tempo work. The HALO may appear like a simple tool, but it has many build-in features that address important elements in the equation to swim faster.
  • Keeping it fun !
  • Olympic Swim Team Captain and 3x Gold medalist Peter "PVK" Vanderkaay helps promote HALO
  • Peter "PVK" Vanderkaay demonstrates High Elbow Catch utilizing the patented Halo template system
45.00 LBS
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Product Description

contains latex

Halo™ Swim Training System includes: 1 Halo™ fold down swim bench with headrest and finish brushes, 1 Halo™ Template, 1 Halo™ SPHandle , 1 Halo™ HEAT and 1 Pacing device 40-240 beat. 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 Halo™ SPHandle and Halo™ HEAT 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. Lane Gainer Sports is the manufacturer of the HALO™ brand products.

* Please select  Halo™ Template Size  A= 22"-24" B= 25"-27" C= 28"-30" D= 31"-33" E= 34"-36" F= 37"+

* Please select Halo™ SPHandle : Light Resistance Tubing (yellow), Medium Resistance Tubing (red), or Heavy Resistance Tubing (blue)

* Please select Halo™ HEAT: Light Resistance Tubing (yellow), Medium Resistance Tubing (red), or Heavy Resistance Tubing (blue)

* Please select Pacing Equipment:  Metronome  or Tempo Trainer PRO upgrade +$35.00


Recommended for athletes who are taller than 6 feet/2 meters - the Halo™:Longer Bench upgrade.  This upgrade option makes the platform 8 inches/20 cm longer and more comfortable for the taller swimmer

HALO™: Longer Bench upgrade


Dimensions of swim bench folded, ready for storage with headrest removed: 40" Length x 10"Width x 10" Height in inches (102 Length x 26 Width x 26 Height in centimeters)

Dimensions of swim bench set up for use with headrest in place: 60" Length x 24" Width x 23" Height in inches (153 Length x 61 Width x 59 Height in centimeters)

Warranty Information

The HALO swim bench comes with a 60-day satisfaction guarantee. You may return the product for any reason. Return shipping at customers expense.
The HALO swim bench is guaranteed against product defects or failure for 2 years from date of purchase. Beyond this time frame, refer to customer service.
The HALO is made from 304 stainless steel and 6061 aluminum components that will last many years with minimal care. We are confident you will be pleased with the quality and workmanship of the swim bench.

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  1. Gear for Swim Training when the Pool is Closed 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Apr 2020

    Now, before we move onto the gear itself, I’ll provide another (more reckless) no-water-swimming anecdote: In the three weeks leading up to an Otillo Catalina test event last year, I only did about 30 minutes to an hour of Halo bench pulling each day. While I didn’t exactly impress anyone with my swimming speed, I was still able to get through the roughly 7 miles of total swimming we did over two days intact with no shoulder injuries. For anyone wondering, I did actually swim before my inaugural ill-fated swimrun race in early March (for the grisly details, check out the race report).

    Read on for the best gear for swim training when the pool’s closed:

    The Best Dryland Gear For Swim Training When The Pool’s Closed (Without Spending A Fortune)

    Halo Swim Training System
    While this dryland gear for swim training option is considerably more costly than the simple stretch tubing and a workout bench you might already own,(Halo does have a conversion kit for std. workout benches) the HALO Swim bench has some very cool (and important) extra features. First, it does fold nearly flat for easy storage under a bed or in an attic, but more than that, it comes with a range of “Halos” or plastic cutouts that affix to the front of the bench to encourage a high elbow catch and proper hand position through the front quadrant of the swim stroke. This is an area where simple stretch cords can truly fail and even lead to bad habits. In the back, the bench features little “brushes” that are attached at a specific spot for proper follow-through training.



  2. Wish I found the Halo years ago! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Mar 2020

    With all the pools closed due to the Coronavirus, I found the Halo Swim Training system had good reviews so I bought one online. This thing is awesome! Not only is it a killer workout but it allows you to work on form & tempo. 15 minutes crushed me! I'll be using it 3 x week as the Covid-19 closures run their course but I will definitely continue using it when the pools open back up. The Halo is a tool I'll incorporate in my training going forward and I'm excited to see the gains. Wish I found this years ago! Thanks Craig & Team!

  3. Aha Moment 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Oct 2015

    I first used the Halo Swim Training system when I was at Univeristy of Michigan with Coaches Jim Richardson and Bob Bowman. Helped me understand how to eliminate the S-Curve underwater pull and swim using the 21st century straight pull line technique. My underwater catch became more efficient and powerful due to the Halo.

  4. Halo trainer 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Jul 2014

    Great training tool. Easy to set up. Seemed easy at first but I was feeling it later.

  5. Halo Bench is Great Teaching & Training Tool 5 Star Review

    Posted by 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.

  6. Real Deal 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Mar 2013

    “Most race minutes saved per training dollar spent”
    Lew Kidder, Publisher (retired) and Tri-Coach

  7. Help for the non-expert swimmer 5 Star Review

    Posted by 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.

  8. halo bench 4 Star Review

    Posted by 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.

  9. Congratulations on inventing such a useful training device. 5 Star Review

    Posted by 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

  10. Huge Swim Improvement for National Military Champion 5 Star Review

    Posted by 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!

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