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My Favorite Swimming Gear

My Favorite Swimming Gear

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Brie @ Brie Fit

    Wow, thank you! I guess I have no excuse not to start swimming now. 😛

    I think I may buy a new suit just to motivate myself a little bit. I have some suits that would work, but they don’t fit well and are really uncomfortable. If I buy it, I have to go!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Yay! Glad I could motivate you to try swimming. I love it. I think it’s a great sport (especially for runners who are injury-prone). Make sure your swim suit is at least 80-100% polyester so it last longer!

  2. Lyndsey

    I can’t get my Polar HRM to read my heart rate under water! It always reads zero, or it is completely off (like at 180, when I’m just standing at the end of the pool.) Do you have any ideas about placement, etc. to make the HRM work under water?

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Oh that’s weird! Is the chest strap tight enough? I never have that problem when I swim with mine.

  3. Amy Ramos

    This is perfect timing for this post. I am still on fence of starting swimming again and now I have no choice!!

    I have all that I need. A swimsuit (I got a Speedo last year for summer and it fits great), a Speedo cap, goggles (they are a little old but they stil fit) and the silicone ear plugs.

    So no holding back now!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Good for you! It’s such a great whole-body workout.

  4. Lynne

    Hi Lisa, I actually have a question about the heart rate monitor. I’ve recently been thinking about getting one, and read up on them a little online. It said that you need to use a chest strap? How does that work? Does it go over your chest or just below? I weigh about 220-I’m worrired if it will even fit me? is it uncomfortable to wear?

    I guess that’s more than one question! Thanks for your input, and thank you for your honesty in your blog-you inspire me every day!!!!!

  5. steena

    Doesn’t your gym supply the buoys, kickboard & flippers? I’m glad mine does, but I defiantly would invest in a kickboard if it didn’t.
    Yea, I bought a Nike swimsuit in January that didn’t fit me by March. I think it was cheaply made and stretched, and maybe I lost weight too, who knows, I don’t keep very good track. I would have never thought there was so much thought to put into consideration for a swimsuit!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      My gym has kickboards but not buoys. I own my buoy and paddles.

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