Fitness

Athletic Swimwear for Women-The Key Fundamentals

No matter what you want to do in the water, whether it’s for competition or recreational purposes, the odds are that there is swimwear specifically designed to meet those needs. For women, generally speaking, there’s a wide variety of athletic swimwear that equips them in fulfilling and achieving their purpose in the water.

From new fashion designs to competitive fits or universal fitness swim fits, there are new technical features and innovations within athletic swimwear that explicitly make for enhancing and magnifying your abilities to perform at your utmost potential. With that, there are swimming accessories like life jackets, goggles, swimming shoes, snorkels, fins, kickboards, sunscreen, and many others that protect, guide, and aid you in accomplishing your swimming desires.

Fitness Swimwear

Also called recreational swimwear, fitness swimwear leans more towards the conservative side of the swimming world due to its covered backs, covered chest, supportive bras, and how it offers more coverage on your bottom. It is a mix of athletic and fashionable swimwear people tend to use in moderate swim exercises.

The main benefit that fitness swimwear offers is how easily transferable from your everyday workout to a quick swim in the pool. Additionally, there’s so many options and various amount of different styles that make it easier for women to find the best fit for all body types. Likewise, the price range is extremely flexible from very cheap to very expensive due to a wide array of diverse styles.

Competitive Athletic Swimwear

In the swimwear market, generally speaking, the focus is on fashion/travel swimwear. As a result, many competitive swimmers suffer from the lack of diversity within the clothes. Most people focus on appearance, and while that is important, the suit itself and its performance are just as essential and, if not even more.  Back-of-Swimsuit

Competition swimwear must offer amenity, suit durability, and must magnify your performance overall. The price for competitive swimwear is costly due to the enhanced designs and high-quality synthetic materials used within it. Typically, the primary materials are synthetic spandex, polyester, LYCRA, and nylon. They offer chlorine resistance, which prevents the degradation of the suit and retains your shape.

Why These Materials?

Nylon and Polyester: Known to withstand the massive movements in the water, as well as having a low moisture absorbency, which means that when you exit the pool, you won’t feel the water weighing down on you. Nylon has a great stretch, which means that it’s not very tight when putting it on; however, that also means its more likely to lose shape. Polyester is more compressed than nylon, but at least the suit is less likely to lose the shape of your body. Polyester has exceptional chlorine resistance, which means less degradation of the suit and fading of the colors. They both also offer sun resistance.

Spandex and LYCRA: Also known as elastane, are softer synthetic fibers, but when mixed with nylon and polyester can do revolutionary things to your swimwear. It offers great flexibility of movement within the water and is very soft and gentle on the skin. Spandex and LYCRA are very stretchy, lightweight and are known for drying very fast.

Fashionable/Travel Swimwear

It is worn when exercise isn’t taking place and used on vacations or a day of fun of relaxation. Fashion swimwear is the top type of swimwear people wear, buy, and use in the swim market. It offers a wide variety of different fun styles and prints, which is why it’s high in the market. If I had to name all the different styles, we would be here all day! As Travel-swimsuitmost people know, the most common types of fashion swimwear are either one-pieces or bikinis. There’s an extensive array of how these styles shape up to facilitate fitting a swimsuit-fashionwomen’s specific body type. The back of one piece might be more prominent if a women’s back is wider to help her fit it. Now, with many swim styles on the market, there’re more options for all body types for all women. The primary materials used are LYCRA and spandex.

Swimming Essentials

With swimwear, there are other vital accessories for anyone who’s going on a swim either for fun or for competition. They are:

 Swim cap: Many people like silicon caps because it doesn’t catch your hair.  Swim-capSome situations it tends to slide off, however, which can give you a disadvantage if you’re participating in competitive swimming. It’s recommended to get a speedo swim cap. It’s chlorine resistant, protects your hair, and most definitely won’t fall off your hair.

Microfiber towel: The kinds of towels are more gentle on the skin than regular towels. It is small and compact, so it doesn’t take space up in your gym bag, includes anti-bacterial fabric, and is very absorbent.

Lap Counter: Acts as a little ring on your finger with a button. Extremely helpful if you’re someone who loses count quickly, as, after every lap, all you need to do is press the button.

Sunscreen: This is the most important thing someone should take with them if they’re swimming or just being outside in general. Sunscreen protects your skin from the harmful ultraviolet rays that come from the sun. It reduces discoloration, dark spots, and the appearance of sun damage.

Sunhat: Not only can it be used a fashionable top, but like sunscreen, it adds more protection for your skin and face from the sun.  Sunhat

Swim Goggles: Most people already know this, but sometimes struggle to find the best fit. The goggles they buy are Gogglesvery uncomfortable and leave red marks on their faces. My recommendation would be to buy goggles with a wide rubber on the straps to make them more comfortable and adjustable bands.

Swim care

Care for swimwear:

– Try to hand wash your clothes as much as you can. Putting swimwear in the washer can slowly deteriorate the materials and durability in the suit.

– Wash your swimwear with clean water and a little amount of detergent.

– Always air dry your swimming clothes

– Never dry your swimwear in the dryer. It will take the flexibility of it away.

Care for goggles:

– Don’t dry goggles with heat

– Always rinse your goggles gently and dry it with a soft cloth

– Do not rub googles roughly will your nail or a rough towel.

Care for swim caps:

– Never use hair clips on your swim caps to help them stay on. It ruins the material.

– Apply talcum powder on the outside and inside of the cap.

– When putting on your swim cap make sure your nails don’t poke the material

Dive In!

Overall, swimming is a very diverse sport that offers a wide variety of different clothing and accessories to better accommodate the many forms and levels of athleticism that the sport presents. Following this guide will assure that you have only the best when it comes to swimming gear to make sure that you not only succeed, but you excel above the competition.

 

12 Comments

  • Achinth Menon

    Personally, I prefer using Nylon. It feels smooth to the skin, and it gives way to all my needed motions. What a fun read!

    • Aminah

      I totally agree! Especially for swimming, nylon can withstand heavy movements in water and has a low moisture absorbency which is great for when you exit the water.

  • Teresa

    This is interesting. I never really considered the reasons why certain fabrics
    are used for swimwear. It makes complete sense though. I can spend a very
    long time trying to find the perfect swimsuit. I hate to even think about doing
    that right now.
    Good read, thank you!

    • Aminah

      No, problem! While I was researching for this blog I was also shocked to see why specific materials are used in swimwear and how much it actually helps and benefits us. It brings me great joy that you enjoyed reading this post and hope that you can use this as a guide to help relieve your stress when shopping for swimsuits.

  • Christy Attia

    Thank you for this amazing blog! It was really informational and I believe that now I can take better measures to ensure that I am protected and safe when swimming. I learnt so much about how to follow the guidelies in order to not only help myself, but others as well. Now the fun of being outdoors will never have to be jeopardized at the expense of the harshness of the sun and the discomfort of certain pieces of swimwear!

    • Aminah

      This is the sweetest comment I’ve ever gotten! I’m so happy that this blog post helped you learn about how to take better measures with your swimwear! I’m so glad that you will be taking the safety measures to protect yourself from the harshness of the sun. Being outside is fun and all until it negatively affects your skin. P

  • Deirdre McKenzie

    I find it really difficult to find swimwear that fits both my lower half and upper half so I look for a two piece for swimming so that I can get different size bottoms and tops. I agree with you that taking care of your swimwear is key for longevity and thanks heaps for reminding me just how to do that. And oh…. what an invention, the microfibre towel!

    • Aminah

      No biggie! I’m glad that this post reminded you to take good care of your swimwear. I know! Microfiber towels are a wonderful new innovation thats not only used for drying off, but its great on your hair and face because its gentle and smooth to the touch.

  • Rani

    Amazing post as usual! I never been able to find a big enough swimming cap for my long and thick hair which could cover and seal my hair from getting wet. Do you have any recommendations?

    Many Thanks

    Best Wishes

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