Would swimming alone help tone me up?

  • brycetippe

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    Aug 03, 2010 1:55 AM GMT
    Or do I have to/should I do weight training as well?
  • Webster666

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    Aug 03, 2010 1:59 AM GMT
    Swimming could help you lose weight, but it won't do any appreciable muscle building ("toning").
  • brycetippe

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    Aug 03, 2010 2:01 AM GMT
    Webster666 saidSwimming could help you lose weight, but it won't do any appreciable muscle building ("toning").

    Well I do NOT need to lose weight.
    LOL.
    It's horrid.
    I love cardio, and if I do it; I'll lose weight...
    And I'm already 40 pounds underweight. icon_sad.gif
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    Aug 03, 2010 2:07 AM GMT
    Work out and you will gain muscle weight. Beware. You will be leaving twinkhood behind.

  • brycetippe

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    Aug 03, 2010 2:08 AM GMT
    GAMRican saidWork out and you will gain muscle weight. Beware. You will be leaving twinkhood behind.


    I really wouldn't mind.
    I'd like to not be embarrassed when I take my shirt off at some point in my life. icon_razz.gif
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    Aug 03, 2010 2:13 AM GMT
    brycetippe said
    GAMRican saidWork out and you will gain muscle weight. Beware. You will be leaving twinkhood behind.


    I really wouldn't mind.
    I'd like to not be embarrassed when I take my shirt off at some point in my life. icon_razz.gif
    Like I tell everyone with body image issues: Go to a fucking nude beach. You will get over feeling sorry for your own body...quickly. And the latent effect is it will increase your patience with your fitness goals so you're not overtraining and rushing yourself to a body you prefer.
  • Bunjamon

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    Aug 03, 2010 2:44 AM GMT
    From a former swimmer, swimming alone will do very little for your muscle mass, except for maybe a little bit in your shoulders.

    To bulk up, you have to lift weights and eat like it's your job. Swimming makes this a little bit harder because you have to eat more to replace the calories you lost from the cardio.
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    Aug 03, 2010 3:04 AM GMT
    Try swimming with someone, not alone. icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 03, 2010 3:19 AM GMT
    I'm in the same boat as you brycetippe. I thought swimming was a great way to tone up. Since I heard that, I've been lap swimming the town local pool.
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    Aug 03, 2010 4:26 AM GMT
    Combo swimming laps in the pool and lifting weights on days in-between. Try swimming a variety of forms, that is freestyle, back, breast & fly. Make sure you breathe to one side and don't lift your head too much out of the water. Proper form and technique will not only build your strength, give you tone, but will help you swim harder and faster. If you want to challenge yourself, try wearing street shorts after a while, this will put a drag and slow you down but will build you up & tone faster. Hit the weights too and mix it up; don't just do the same routine everytime. Good luck and give it time!
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    Aug 03, 2010 4:34 AM GMT
    If anything, it will lean you out like a mofo.

    Muscle mass quickly shrinks, you'll find out why there aren't that many bulky swimmers around. (and they don't float to begin with icon_biggrin.gif )

    Fantastic cardio, not sure if it was a myth, but our coach always told us swimming a mile is comparable to running three. Wouldn't doubt it.

    Also- breathe on both sides or you'll find you start a little 'hop' in your stroke and you'll pull better with both arms and have an even stroke.
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    Aug 03, 2010 4:56 AM GMT
    I think it depends how much you swim...

    When I swam daily for an hour, I gained some bulk, do it for three hours, you'll gain bulk for sure

    In the end though, I gained more from things like gymnastics, and even weight-training
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    Aug 03, 2010 5:16 AM GMT
    I use to hang out with a few of the girls on my highschool swim team, and they definitely had defintion in their arms, chest, back, and torso's despite that being all they did for exercise for the most part.
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    Aug 03, 2010 5:16 AM GMT
    Swimming has had the single biggest impact on my conditioning. I ran 10 km/day, but when I started swimming, I couldn't even make it 25 m. The good thing was that the improvement came quickly with lessons. After swimming for two years now, I think it has made a minimal impact on my body composition, but I am definitely in better shape because of it. The evidence is in the pool... A lot of regular swimmers at my pool are there everyday swimming at least one hour, and still resemble whales after two years.
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    Aug 03, 2010 6:50 AM GMT
    Swimming is not good way to build muscle in regard to the time spent vs. muscle gained. A good swimmer is one who has learned how to cheat exercise in the most optimum way.
  • coastguy90814

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    Aug 03, 2010 7:38 AM GMT
    brycetippe saidOr do I have to/should I do weight training as well?


    You have to do weight training as well.
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    Aug 03, 2010 7:56 AM GMT
    Bunjamon saidFrom a former swimmer, swimming alone will do very little for your muscle mass, except for maybe a little bit in your shoulders.

    To bulk up, you have to lift weights and eat like it's your job. Swimming makes this a little bit harder because you have to eat more to replace the calories you lost from the cardio.

    Agree. Swimming is good non-impact exercise, but it won't bulk you up.
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    Aug 03, 2010 8:32 AM GMT
    Why limit urself to a single workout activity?
  • ja89

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    Aug 03, 2010 9:04 AM GMT
    If you love to swim a lot then try doing some more explosive short sprint swimming to help define some of your muscles. I've always been a sprinter and if see the difference in sprinters vs. distance swimmers, you will notice that sprinters have more muscled toned bodies. Also, if youre not a breaststroker, it might be the time for you to start to becoming one. breaststrokers are usually HUGE. Brendan Hansen for example. Now if youre looking to gain size and stay lean, youre gonna have to lift weights and eat a lot but dont cut out swimming.
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    Aug 03, 2010 10:50 AM GMT
    ja89 said Brendan Hansen for example. Now if youre looking to gain size and stay lean, youre gonna have to lift weights and eat a lot but dont cut out swimming.


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    Aug 03, 2010 10:54 AM GMT
    charlitos saidWhy limit urself to a single workout activity?
    ding ding ding!!! Best answer. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 03, 2010 10:59 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    charlitos saidWhy limit urself to a single workout activity?
    ding ding ding!!! Best answer. icon_biggrin.gif


    yeah, you don't want to end up licking your biceps by yourself like paul does icon_sad.gif