Swimming to loose weight III - Stamina with the crawl, back and butterfly

  • Swimbear

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    Nov 15, 2008 6:20 PM GMT
    As I have written, when I do my "intense" strokes (the crawl, back and fly), I only do one length.

    When I first started doing the crawl, I had to take about 30 seconds to get myself ready for it. Now I just need about 15 seconds to get psyched up for the butterfly, and the back and crawl are no problem. And I am talking one length.

    When I worked up to the butterfly, the stamina it took made doing the crawl much easier.

    If I do 2x25yrds of any of the intense strokes, I am dead and need about a minute or two to get my breath back.

    What can I do to improve my stamina with these three strokes.

    More importantly, how can I gradually build up my stamina without giving myself a heart attack?

    Do any of you swim coaches have experience in developing a gradual build up program?

    Thanks!
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    Nov 15, 2008 11:55 PM GMT
    Practice practice practice...

    But what makes you tired so quickly is that your stroke is probably inefficient. You are probably trying WAY too hard and using to much energy to get across the pool. Need to make the technique better so that you are not fighting the water. Gotta make it look easy.

    Try and lengthen your body and stroke as much as possible. On freestyle (crawl) and backstroke, get your shoulder rotation going and reach as far as possible. Keep the kick small and quick.

    Keep as horizontal as possible as it creates less resistance in your forward motion. Your constant small kick will help keep you flat on the water and also make sure you're breathing isnt throwing off your rhythm. Just tilt your chin to your shoulder as it rotates through the stroke (in your freestyle).

    Butterfly is also all about technique and it needs to be 80% kick... Whole body gets into the kick but he other ideas still apply in terms of reach and staying horizontal.

    Practice practice practice... you can work your kick with just the kick board or practice pull with a pull buoy between your legs. Good luck!
  • vindog

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    Nov 16, 2008 12:05 AM GMT
    What he said, esp about the inefficient stroke.


    The more you swim, the more stamina you will have. I think anyone who started swimming for fitness as an adult will tell you this. When I started I got similarly tired, but could potentially now swim moderately for an hour nonstop.

    I went to my university and signed up for a class. When I started all I knew how to do was a poorly executed crawl. The instructor was really good at teaching the other strokes and gave daily workouts to strengthen people.

    So, maybe take a class or two? Or a few private instructing lessons.

    Also what you may be wearing makes a HUGE difference in your movement through the water. When I went from trunks to jammers (long speedos) I was amazed on how much more I could swim.

    Good luck!
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    Nov 16, 2008 12:13 AM GMT
    Swimming is not a good way to lose weight, especially when you get "good" at it. Mammals tend to build fat when they are immersed in water. .
  • vindog

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    Nov 17, 2008 4:10 PM GMT
    Alpha13 saidSwimming is not a good way to lose weight, especially when you get "good" at it. Mammals tend to build fat when they are immersed in water. .


    haha....right. As proven by all the really good fat swimmers out there.