Any advice on building a 'swimmers body' look?

  • paullie_l

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    Aug 25, 2011 7:06 PM GMT
    I've never been into weight training, and i feel too stupid walking around the gym and ask for help. (i've got self-confidence issues about my body..who doesnt?icon_eek.gif )

    So, i've really gotten to this point that i want to start training my body in terms of 'goals' and getting to a certain shape! I want to cut down fat, and build some body muscle, but not 'bulky'... That make sense?

    I guess the best would be to say a swimmer's body... Anyone that can give me advice to at least make small changes to promote this?

    I'm vegetarian, not too much overweight, but i have quite some body fat. I don't have much time to gym, and not always motivated... i start work at 5am in the mornings, and get back at about 6.30pm... so i'm really exhausted at the end of the day, and can't commit to gymming so much right now. So, small tips on starting to make a change? PS. I love cardio work, and i do look after my lifestyle habits/nutrtion, most of the time.

    Would appreciate any advice/help/routines/etc...THANKS***
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    Aug 25, 2011 8:55 PM GMT
    Swim. Lots. Next....
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    Aug 25, 2011 8:55 PM GMT
    jock123dude saidSwim. Lots. Next....


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    Aug 25, 2011 8:56 PM GMT
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    jock123dude saidSwim. Lots. Next....


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    Aug 25, 2011 8:56 PM GMT
    Swim?

    You can't outrun your fork, abs are made in the kitchen etc, so what do you eat? Vegetarian could be nothing but Froot Loops really.

    If you've never been into weights I would recommend that you start with something group based like Boot Camp or similar. If you want to get started with weights I would look for some powerlifting squad or similar to learn the big lifts like squat, deadlift, and bench press. Don't worry about not being able to lift as much as others - you've got newbie magic with means great progress in short time which is fun for everyone involved.

    Workout twice on the weekend if you don't have the energy for work days.
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    Aug 25, 2011 9:00 PM GMT
    pre_mortem saidSwim?

    You can't outrun your fork, abs are made in the kitchen etc, so what do you eat? Vegetarian could be nothing but Froot Loops really.

    If you've never been into weights I would recommend that you start with something group based like Boot Camp or similar. If you want to get started with weights I would look for some powerlifting squad or similar to learn the big lifts like squat, deadlift, and bench press. Don't worry about not being able to lift as much as others - you've got newbie magic with means great progress in short time which is fun for everyone involved.

    Workout twice on the weekend if you don't have the energy for work days.


    True, but as a swimmer, if you don't want to build bulk, when you're lifting don't over do the weight. High # of reps and low weight should help. This builds strength and leaner muscle.
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    Aug 25, 2011 9:13 PM GMT
    do the butterfly stroke, it will tone up and give you the broad shoulders that swimmers have
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    Aug 25, 2011 9:29 PM GMT
    Been told i have a swimmers build, basically all i do is run and work out with a challenging amount of weight, but not too much, and lots of reps.
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    Aug 25, 2011 9:31 PM GMT
    Your best friend is www.BodyBuilders.com with workouts for all ages and stages.
  • Lincsbear

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    Aug 25, 2011 9:36 PM GMT
    Lots of cardio like swimming,running,walking,etc.This will help burn off the fat you have and help toning.Do press ups with your hands slightly wider spaced than your shoulders-it will help pull back and broaden your shoulders and chest-the classic swimmer`s look.
    On diet,cut the fat out,especially saturated animal kinds to speed definition and toning.
    Best wishes!
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    Aug 25, 2011 9:45 PM GMT
    Swim alot?
  • TadPohl

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    Aug 25, 2011 10:21 PM GMT
    Cut your sugar and carb intake.... this includes drinking.
    You only 30 minutes of intense cardio a day. There is shortcut.

    I know people who share a similar schedule. They make that effort and the results show.
    Also.... intense cardio helps you with having more energy so that you aren't lethargic/ wiped out after your work day.

    Go to bed earlier. Something's gotta give and it's going to have to be your social life.

    You can get it back in 3 months. I promise that you will see results. 1000 calories a day intake plus intense cardio forces your body to start burning up the fat reserves in your body.
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    Aug 25, 2011 10:28 PM GMT
    Start swimming.
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    Aug 25, 2011 10:28 PM GMT
    You don't have to be afraid of a gym. If you go sample a few of them you'll realize you're actually in good shape. Find a clean one, maybe close to home. I would suggest NOT going at first to make a fashion statement. A T shirt, sweat pants and a pair of kicks. Usually new members of a gym get a free meeting with the trainer to ask you what your goals are. They usually give new members a form to take with you as you go from machine to machine keeping track of seat heights and other adjustments there may be and what weight your using. You'll soon think you don't need the form but it's really for the trainer to watch your training advancements. To watch how soon you ad weight to each one and find your strengths and weaknesses to taylor your program.If you stick with it you'll it's kind of addicting to go work out. Great Luck
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    Aug 25, 2011 10:55 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    swmrh911 said
    Simurgh said
    jock123dude saidSwim. Lots. Next....


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    Aug 25, 2011 11:05 PM GMT
    How about straight-arm pulldowns? Isn't this exercise foundational in the resistance training repertoire of swimmers. Probably impractical though if you're not committing to a regimen in a gym.
  • dancedancekj

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    Aug 25, 2011 11:17 PM GMT
    mayBbignow2 said
    GigoloAssassin said
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    swmrh911 said
    Simurgh said
    jock123dude saidSwim. Lots. Next....


    This


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    LOL

    What if you don't like swimming and/or there is no pool located near you?
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    Aug 25, 2011 11:33 PM GMT
    swmrh911 said
    pre_mortem saidSwim?

    You can't outrun your fork, abs are made in the kitchen etc, so what do you eat? Vegetarian could be nothing but Froot Loops really.

    If you've never been into weights I would recommend that you start with something group based like Boot Camp or similar. If you want to get started with weights I would look for some powerlifting squad or similar to learn the big lifts like squat, deadlift, and bench press. Don't worry about not being able to lift as much as others - you've got newbie magic with means great progress in short time which is fun for everyone involved.

    Workout twice on the weekend if you don't have the energy for work days.


    True, but as a swimmer, if you don't want to build bulk, when you're lifting don't over do the weight. High # of reps and low weight should help. This builds strength and leaner muscle.


    Leaner muscle? Do you mean leaner physique?
  • neosyllogy

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    Aug 25, 2011 11:38 PM GMT
    Slightly more useful advice than swim: Join a competitive swim group. Ask the coach for advice. I think most colleges, etc. have swim lessons, you can work your way up to the competitive swimmers (not like, college competitive, just the people who actually care about their time and tech.)

    Edit: having now read your post, I agree the bodybuilding.com site can be great, though you'll have to put in a lot of leg work to separate the wheat from the chafe. (I've posted a really good serious/starter workout from them on this site before if you want to look it up; the bb site has explanations on all the individual exercises).
    As for time: you make time. Keep your workout under 45min, get in, get out, work it into your schedule. I started working out while getting my PhD, which I'm about to finish now. You just make time. Eating right is a huge part of it. (I'm a big believer in counting calories and sources, i.e. total calories and % protein, % fat, % carbs - if you're serious about getting into shape doing the numbers work ensures you'll get results, otherwise you spend your life playing guessing games.)
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    Aug 25, 2011 11:48 PM GMT
    dancedancekj said
    LOL

    What if you don't like swimming and/or there is no pool located near you?


    Then he's SOL