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Finis Hydro Hip (Black)

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  • Creates resistance during rotation, which builds the core muscles for a more powerful stroke
  • Forces swimmers to rotate hips at the top of each stroke
  • Feedback forces an earlier and more effective hip rotation; if stroke timing is incorrect the swimmer's arm will hit the hip blades
  • Perfect for drill focus and short distances
  • Nylon belt can be adjusted for the correct fit on all hip or waist sizes

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Technical Details
Item Weight449 g
Product Dimensions43.2 x 22.9 x 10.2 cm
Item model number1.05.007
Weight445 grams
Number of Items1
Batteries Included?No
Brand NameFINIS
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Customer Reviews 1.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
Best Sellers Rank #122,449 in Sports & Outdoors (See top 100)
Shipping Weight499 g
Date First AvailableSept. 30 2011
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True swimming power comes from the hips, which makes the Hydro Hip such an important training tool. With two blades that sit on the hips, the Hydro Hip helps swimmers properly identify timing of the hips, arms and body. The Hydro Hip also improves core strength with resistance by working the muscles that aid in rotation. Best used during drills or short distances, the effects of the Hydro Hip are most felt when removed and the lessons of timing remain.

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I tried this in water and belt was holding in place for not more than 3 arm turns. So, I tried it tighter and I had the same problem. I am really not satisfied with the product. The belt material is robust, but not really appropriate to stay in place.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9b196fe4) out of 5 stars 16 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b32ffe4) out of 5 stars Great training tool for swimming or triathlon Sept. 19 2012
By leewsals - Published on
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I recently purchased the Hydro Hip Belt under the suggestion of my triathlon coach. I found the previous reviews to be inaccurate-- maybe the product has been improved since then. I had no problems with sizing (i have 40" hips and the belt fits fine with 6-8" to spare). Also, I've had no problems with the fins sliding around on belt.

I think this is a great tool to learn to 'lead with the hips' while doing freestyle, and to turn hips forcefully to increase Distance Per Stroke. My recommendation is to use this for only a small portion of your workout since its quite tiring to swim with this for long periods of time. The gains in efficiency and power are noticeable immediately after removing the belt and continuing to swim.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa37f7960) out of 5 stars 5 Star With Some Qualifications March 28 2007
By BooksRuleAZ - Published on
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In the best of situations, this product does what's advertised and helps you build core strength and develop the correct timing for hip rotation. It can be a great ab workout. However, I believe their are some cautions.

The Amazon video shows the old blue version which, at least for mine, closes with velcro. This was a goofy system and it seems that the new yellow version has a better closure system. (I'm assuming here as I don't have that one.) The problem with the velco version is it's difficult to size the belt since you have to arrange everything so there is the right amount of overlap between the male and female velcro parts. Too much overlap and it doesn't align properly and too little and there is not enough grip. A buckle type arrangement is a better solution if it does indeed hold.

Hold is the key word as, due to the size of the fins, they take quite a bit of force as you rotate. If the belt isn't tight enough it won't provide the proper resistance. One reviewer had problems and I wonder if swimmers who lack a little of nature's padding around the hip area (lucky people) may have trouble getting it snug enough.

I can imagine that swimmers who are not at least intermediate level may not have enough speed and power to generate a rotation due to the dramatic increase in resistance. This will slow you down somewhat so if your stroke can't abide any reduction in speed your legs may start to sink. However, adding fins should solve this problem and I'd recommend coupling them with this device. Just use the fins to lengthen your line and kick gently so you don't let the legs take too much load off your core.

Also, the belt (the blue style) takes a while to dry and usually has to sit in the empty bathtub overnight.

Still, if you can get it adjusted properly, I think this is one of the best training devices I've used. When you take it off you can really feel your hips rotate. If you rotate too late, you'll feel your hands getting trapped under your hips and make the correction to insure you've turned to the side during the end of your pull (the push and transition to recovery.)
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b02609c) out of 5 stars only for small people June 10 2009
By Virginia Dad - Published on
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I can't tell you whether this product is any good. My swim coach suggested it might work, but she had problem making it fit right. She is thin. My problem is this product is only for SKINNY people. Unless you have some perfect swimmers body, it is likely it won't fit so well. I am in my 50s and I can tell you that it won't fit any above "average" waist.. Maybe it helps but WATCH OUT FOR SIZE- it's small small small
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b19690c) out of 5 stars Little Used Tool March 21 2015
By DanaDeBard - Published on
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I've only used this one time because it's strange to use. The information about this product told me it would be an intense workout for my hips/core-that was no joke. I think you only need one tool to help you with rotation and I like the Tech Toc A LOT more than this product. However, this also helps when working on arm exit/recovery. It's not the tool I reach for when I'm working on technique.
9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b0269d8) out of 5 stars Don't buy this Jan. 19 2010
By R. Pascual - Published on
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This is a complete waste of money. I had high hopes after watching it on YouTube. I'm an intermediate swimmer but needs a lot of improvements with hip rotation and arm extension. I figured this thing would help. All it did was frustrate and distract me. First of all, the side fins kept slipping all the way to the back of the belt , that after one lap , it becomes a monofin.
I look like a shark with a belt on. It causes a lot of drag and stops you from moving forward. Plus, as the fin slips backwards, it scratches too.
Did anyone test this before selling it? I doubt it.
It's a $30 mistake. I give it a 1 star for fooling me.
Don't buy this piece of crap.