With the onset of cold weather, many athletes transfer training under the roof; for swimmers, the pool season begins. How to choose a swimsuit if you have just started classes and you have no experience in choosing equipment yet? Let’s talk about the most important criteria.
Consolidated or separate?
Surely you have noticed that professional athletes, especially in competitions, choose fused models. There are reasons for this.
— A one-piece swimsuit fits better and keeps better on the body — there is no risk that something will untie or fly off during active movement.
— A one-piece swimsuit looks professional and stylish, which is also important.
— And most importantly — a one-piece swimsuit provides high-quality gliding, even better than human skin does.
Sometimes even too good. The history of competitive swimming knows an example when, at the 2008 Olympics, technological suits provided athletes with super buoyancy and created an unfair advantage over other athletes who were under contracts with other brands.
After that, rules related to equipment were established — they were released by the International Swimming Federation (FINA). According to them, a competitive swimsuit should not cover the neck, shoulders and knees; the thickness of the swimsuit is also regulated. Wetsuits are allowed at certain temperatures and in open water.
Sports swimsuit style
If you prefer two-piece swimsuits, give preference to sports models — in the form of a sports bra and shorts with a wide reinforced elastic band. Most importantly, without hanging beads, frills and bows. All these embellishments interfere, distract and impair sliding.
Tie bikinis, thongs and strapless bras are best left for the summer.
If you are going to swim in the pool regularly, if possible, choose a one-piece sports swimsuit. The freedom of movement in it is provided by an open back, especially models with cross straps or in the form of a wrestling shirt — they allow you to make wide shoulder movements.
The closed back provides better bust support if that matters to you, while the back zip makes it easy to put on.
Sports swimsuit material
Even if you are very fond of natural materials, they are not suitable for you to practice in the pool: cotton dries slowly, and also quickly becomes unusable due to chlorine. Choose swimwear made from technical synthetics, such as polyamide with at least 10% elastane.
Good material for sports swimwear:
— moderately dense;
— dries quickly
— Resists exposure to chlorine.
Swimsuits are often sewn from a mixture of polyamide and elastane; for example, in the composition of Siman swimwear — 82% polyamide, 18% elastane.
How to choose the right size
In the case of sports swimwear, it is not enough just to choose S, M or L. Measure the bust, waist and hips, and check with the manufacturer’s size chart. Please note that many models are sewn to a certain (most often average) height; reading reviews helps a lot.
Choose the right size swimsuit and focus on your own comfort.
Too small a swimsuit will not stretch, but there is a danger that it will rub.
If the model of your size does not suit you in height, it is better to choose a two-piece sports swimsuit.