ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – While Caeleb Dressel may not be a household name just yet, he is taking the swimming world by storm and projected to win 6-8 gold medals in the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.
Dressel, a 24-year-old Olympic gold medalist from Green Cove Springs, Florida, smashed two world records and took home MVP honors while competing at the International Swimming League in Budapest, Hungary, late last month.
“Watching Caeleb swim is absolutely astonishing,” said David McCagg, founder and CEO of GMX7. “Michael Phelps, set the standard as the greatest Olympic athlete of all time and Dressel is now dominating the swim world and shredding world records, taking the title of the greatest swimmer on the planet today. The times he is producing are leaving all of us in the swim world speechless.”
Dressel, who had already broken Phelps’s world record in the men’s 100-meter butterfly in South Korea last year, set two more world records during ISL in Budapest, amazing the entire professional swimming world.
While many people may wonder how once impossible records are now being shattered, the experts at GMX7 credit part of his success to their new training device, the X1-PRO, which allows Dressel to train with true resistance.
“Our X1-PRO may look like a simple device, and while it weighs less than 5 pounds and can fit in a small backpack, it’s actually revolutionizing aquatic resistance training,” said McCagg. “What makes it better than anything before it, is that any level swimmer can take it with them wherever they go, clip into the existing swim lane markers and add resistance to their training at the level they are comfortable with.”
It’s not just Dressel who has seen major results since using the X1-PRO. Madeline “Maddy” Banic, who had been somewhat written off following personal struggles with mental health issues in 2017, exploded back onto the scene this year, breaking the American record in the 50 meter fly, and was recently ranked #3 on SwimSwam.com’s list of top 10 swimmers who broke through the 2020 ISL season.
“While we’re not taking anything away from Banic’s or Dressel’s undeniable athleticism, we are confident that the X1-PRO is allowing them to train at a higher level than previously possible,” said McCagg.
Currently, more than 75 anticipated Olympians from 10 countries across the world are training on the X1-PRO in hopes of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics. Additionally, several collegiate level athletic programs, including the University of Florida and the University of Tennessee, where Dressel and Banic train respectfully, are also currently training on the device.
The X1-PRO is a small 6-inch long device with adjustable resistance that weighs less than 5 pounds and clips into the end-point connections for a pool’s lane lines. The X1-PRO is connected to the swimmer via a leash and travels on a line back and forth up to 50 meters in length.
“Consider the traditional rotary phone to the technology we have now with smartphones, that’s the leap we’ve made in comparison to resistance training in the water,” said McCagg. “The X1-PRO will help perfect the athlete's stroke efficiencies and alignment with zero drag, establishing an entirely new opportunity to gain a competitive advantage.”
Founded in 2018, GMX7 is based in St. Petersburg, Florida and is dedicated to changing the world of swimming by empowering competitive swimmers with the best aquatic resistance training devices ever created. GMX7 was founded by David McCagg, a 7-time gold medalist, former world record holder and winner of multiple national championships. The first device on the market by GMX7 is the X1-PRO. Designed by ROBRADY Engineering, in its first year has already been the recipient of several awards including the 2020 International Design Excellence Award and the 2020 Red Dot Award for product design.