Swimming metrics explained: How to understand the stats

Apple, Fitbit, Samsung have joined the likes of Garmin, Suunto and Polar in dishing out fitness trackers and smartwatches that are built for swimming.

The Watch Series 3 works in the pool or open water, while Samsung’s new Gear Sport smartwatch and Gear Fit2 play nice with Speedo’s On app for swimmers.

These wearables can help you massively improve your swimming, but as with any piece of tech, you have to know how to use it to make the most of it. You get in the water, start tracking and both during and post-swim you try to work out exactly what all of that data means.

We feel your pain. Which is why we’re here to help. We’ve broken down some of the most common metrics used to measure swimming to tell you what they mean in easy to understand, jargon-free terms. That way, you can build a picture of how you’re actually performing in the pool, and see where there’s room for improvement.

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