Swimming to burn fat?

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    Jun 16, 2013 12:51 PM GMT
    I recently lost 50 pounds within the last year, mostly due to weight watchers and simply eating less. My goal is to now tone up and burn off the fat on my body and see some definition. I can't afford a trainer at the moment, but I'm saving up for one. I'm just completely clueless when it comes to weight training...I was thinking of swimming in the meantime until I can afford a trainer. Is this a good idea? How much/often should I swim? I just joined a gym that has a really nice pool.
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    Jun 16, 2013 2:30 PM GMT
    RealJock offers a few great workouts. Try this one:
    http://www.realjock.com/workout/1057/
    If you stick to it I'm sure you'll see results. For swimming, yes it is great as long as you push yourself. Not too sure how often you should swim. I swam in high school but that was an ungodly amount of hours.
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    Jun 16, 2013 2:45 PM GMT
    For some reason, swimming increases my metabolism and makes me starving for food. I swear I was a sea creature in another life. I love the water.
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    Jun 16, 2013 3:38 PM GMT
    huhwhat saidFor some reason, swimming increases my metabolism and makes me starving for food. I swear I was a sea creature in another life. I love the water.

    You are not alone. It used to happen to me also when I used to swim daily.I guess you burn calories very fast while swimming.
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    Jun 16, 2013 3:45 PM GMT
    Swimming tightens me up head to toe.
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    Jun 16, 2013 6:22 PM GMT
    You can also try one of those high intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts. There are cardio ones and weight lifting ones... the personal trainer that I had taught me this neat workout that was simple but had me sore for an entire week. It also only took like 40 minutes to complete, so I find HIIT type of workouts are the best for people who can't spare more than an hour per day at the gym.

    The workout goes like this:

    1) You start with 21 reps of high kettlebell swing (i.e. high as in you raise it over your head). Once you've finished the kettlebell swings, do 21 pushups without taking a break, then 21 squats with the same kettlebell. Take a short break (three minutes at most?)

    2) For the second interval, do 18 reps of all three exercises from above while taking no or as short break as possible in between. Make sure to take a 3-minute break for each interval. With each succession, you are reducing the number of reps for each exercise by 3.

    e.g. 1st interval: 21 reps for each exercise
    3rd interval: 15 reps for each exercise
    6th interval: 6 reps for each exercise
    7th (last) interval: 3 reps for each exercise

    Make sure to eat and rest sufficient amount after this workout. I did this while on a diet, and it took me ages to recover.
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    Jun 16, 2013 7:18 PM GMT
    stevee90 saidYou can also try one of those high intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts. There are cardio ones and weight lifting ones... the personal trainer that I had taught me this neat workout that was simple but had me sore for an entire week. It also only took like 40 minutes to complete, so I find HIIT type of workouts are the best for people who can't spare more than an hour per day at the gym.

    The workout goes like this:

    1) You start with 21 reps of high kettlebell swing (i.e. high as in you raise it over your head). Once you've finished the kettlebell swings, do 21 pushups without taking a break, then 21 squats with the same kettlebell. Take a short break (three minutes at most?)

    2) For the second interval, do 18 reps of all three exercises from above while taking no or as short break as possible in between. Make sure to take a 3-minute break for each interval. With each succession, you are reducing the number of reps for each exercise by 3.

    e.g. 1st interval: 21 reps for each exercise
    3rd interval: 15 reps for each exercise
    6th interval: 6 reps for each exercise
    7th (last) interval: 3 reps for each exercise

    Make sure to eat and rest sufficient amount after this workout. I did this while on a diet, and it took me ages to recover.


    WOW! What a workout! I rememebe reading about this somewher, sounds like a CrossFit WOD!
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    Jun 16, 2013 8:03 PM GMT
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    stevee90 saidYou can also try one of those high intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts. There are cardio ones and weight lifting ones... the personal trainer that I had taught me this neat workout that was simple but had me sore for an entire week. It also only took like 40 minutes to complete, so I find HIIT type of workouts are the best for people who can't spare more than an hour per day at the gym.

    The workout goes like this:

    1) You start with 21 reps of high kettlebell swing (i.e. high as in you raise it over your head). Once you've finished the kettlebell swings, do 21 pushups without taking a break, then 21 squats with the same kettlebell. Take a short break (three minutes at most?)

    2) For the second interval, do 18 reps of all three exercises from above while taking no or as short break as possible in between. Make sure to take a 3-minute break for each interval. With each succession, you are reducing the number of reps for each exercise by 3.

    e.g. 1st interval: 21 reps for each exercise
    3rd interval: 15 reps for each exercise
    6th interval: 6 reps for each exercise
    7th (last) interval: 3 reps for each exercise

    Make sure to eat and rest sufficient amount after this workout. I did this while on a diet, and it took me ages to recover.


    WOW! What a workout! I rememebe reading about this somewher, sounds like a CrossFit WOD!


    It was great! Felt like I worked out every single muscle in my body.
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    Jun 21, 2013 9:59 PM GMT
    Yeah, I'm not looking to build tons of muscle just from swimming, but I do want to tighten up.
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    Jun 22, 2013 12:00 AM GMT
    If you are new to working out, avoid all activities that could easily lead to injury if not done properly. That includes of course lifting weights, but also running (which is otherwise the perfect cardio exercise).

    If you are new to swimming, ask someone that looks like (s)he knows what (s)he is doing to check out your style and give you some pointers. It's easy to do it "wrong." If you are going for tone instead of weight loss, try intervals and butterfly.

    I find that a class setting is incredibly motivating. Spinning is a really good way to tone the legs and butt, although it won't do a whole lot for your upper body. A bootcamp or other guided workout is a good alternative to a trainer that costs you absolutely nothing (depending on the gym) and gives you a lot of the same benefits.

    It also has the additional benefit of giving you a spanking new set of people to befriend. Fit friends tend to be an incredible motivator to stay fit!
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    Jun 22, 2013 12:16 AM GMT
    Swimming`s an excellent way to burn off the fat and tone up. It will also build stamnia- an essential foundation of all other exercises, including weight training.

    My advice would be to seek advice from an instructor at the gym or another gym goer you trust.

    If you`re completely new to exercise, I`d advise you be patient and go easy and underdo it to start with. Add in rest periods as well. Then you can build up your sessions as you gain in fitness.

    Always listen to your body regarding the duration and intensity of exercise. It will tell you how much to do.

    All of the above will require, to some degree, trial and error until you find what works for you individually.

    Best wishes!
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    Jun 22, 2013 12:37 AM GMT
    huhwhat saidFor some reason, swimming increases my metabolism and makes me starving for food. I swear I was a sea creature in another life. I love the water.


    There is a mamallian cold water effect that slows the metabolism and builds fat. Look at old people that swim a lot. Weightlifting is the fastest way to tone muscle. Follow one of the 12 week workouts on here. They are great.
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    Jun 25, 2013 2:20 PM GMT
    Alpha13 saidThere is a mamallian cold water effect that slows the metabolism and builds fat. Look at old people that swim a lot. Weightlifting is the fastest way to tone muscle. Follow one of the 12 week workouts on here. They are great.


    Oh no, is it true? Just like fat seals?
    I thought cold water increases your metabolism icon_neutral.gif
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    Jun 26, 2013 6:30 AM GMT
    Alpha13 said
    huhwhat saidFor some reason, swimming increases my metabolism and makes me starving for food. I swear I was a sea creature in another life. I love the water.


    There is a mamallian cold water effect that slows the metabolism and builds fat. Look at old people that swim a lot. Weightlifting is the fastest way to tone muscle. Follow one of the 12 week workouts on here. They are great.


    We old people are more likely to be fat regardless of whether we swim a lot or don't swim at all. As you age the metabolism slows down. As you age the body is less willing to give up its fat stores.
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    Jul 02, 2013 2:21 AM GMT
    Just remember that swimming requires a high endurance. Take your time if you're a beginner but I've learned that it is a great way to burn calories. And I agree with huhwhat....I'm freaking starving 2 to 3 hours after a swim.