Category Archives: Swimming

Competitive swimsuits get a good ribbing from NASA

NASA spin-off technologies find their way into our lives in unexpected ways. Shock-absorbing memory squeezed its way into Tempur-Pedic mattresses, football helmet padding, shoe insoles, hospital beds, prosthetics, cars, amusement parks and modern art, while an invention designed to decrease airplane drag made a huge splash in the competitive swimming arena. Find out how as I answer the question…

Why did NASA invent the ribbed swimsuit?

Two parts heart and one part obsession

When you come right down to it, humans are lousy at swimming. It’s not our fault—it’s simply fluid dynamics at work: The more fluid we’re in, the less dynamic we are. That’s why it’s so amazing to watch a practiced swimmer glide through water. How do they do it? It’s more than physical fitness: Their technique is nearly flawless. In this article, I’ll show you how a few minor adjustments can pay big dividends in terms of speed, power and energy expenditure in the water.

How to increase your swimming speed