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  • itiscool

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    Aug 25, 2013 5:43 PM GMT
    Swimming is a good cardio exercise. I was in a team n still like to lap swim. I think it is the easiest way to stay in shape. Any swim advocator in here? icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 25, 2013 8:42 PM GMT
    I was on the swim team my freshman year in high school and did laps for cardio while in college. I haven't had access to a lap pool in a long time.
  • DanOmatic

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    Aug 26, 2013 12:09 AM GMT
    Swimming is awesome, and something you can do well into old age since it is low-impact (however, it should be done in combination or alternated with other types of weight-bearing exercise, like weights and/or running).

    I was a good regional age group swimmer as a kid, and sometimes put in as much as 15,000 meters a day. But when I got to college, it was pretty clear that I didn't have the talent to be a competitive Div. 1 swimmer. Luckily, that was when I discovered triathlon, which I've been doing for nearly 30 years now.

    One thing I've gotten into recently is long-distance open water swimming (apart from triathlon), and have been pretty successful at it, winning my age group in regional and national championships (in aquathlon, which is swimming + running). Back when I was 18, I thought my swimming career was pretty much over, and hated swimming any event longer than 100m in a race. Now if it's less than a mile, it seems trivial.

    If you like the regimentation of working out with others, join a local masters swim team. You'll meet great people, get to work on your skills, and compete in competitions all over the place.
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    Aug 26, 2013 12:24 AM GMT
    I swam in high school on a team and for fitness ever since. The fun part in high school is when team mates help you shave.

    It's also a great exercise for asthmatics.
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    Aug 26, 2013 12:53 AM GMT
    I played H20-polo during my last years of high school, and through my undergrad years. I was a point player. I've played in reunion and seniors tournament games since graduation. We were NCAA champions or final four each year. I still do the same (or similar) work outs at the gym, including swimming my laps (usually 1000 yards = 40 laps).
  • Suetonius

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    Aug 26, 2013 1:08 AM GMT
    I was never a competitor, but now swim almost every other day. Is great cardio. And if you're ever on the next Costa Concordia or a third world ferry, may save your life. some day.
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    Aug 26, 2013 1:51 AM GMT
    Swimmer here and yes, it's a good low impact, high endurance cardio.
  • imallman

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    Aug 26, 2013 2:41 AM GMT
    I've been swimming competitively since I was 11 years old all over the world since was a military "brat" and then in the service myself.

    The best complete overall body exercise there is icon_wink.gif

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    Aug 26, 2013 3:14 AM GMT
    Add me to the list of swimming enthusiasts!
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    Aug 26, 2013 4:00 AM GMT
    I still remember being a little kid at summer day camp unable at first to pass a test in order to advance into the next colored cap that would allow me to swim with the big kids. I stayed in the water until I figured it out though. I had to put my head underwater and blow bubbles through my nose. Quite the challenge. And then I got to swim with the big kids. I was so happy.

    My saddest day in the water was after years of taking mom to swim laps through most of her Alzheimer's, when she became too afraid to swim. I used to have the guards keep an eye on her so I could do my laps. She once had such a beautiful stroke. My brother says I have it now. I did pattern mine after hers but also I swam a lot at the Hall of Fame pools so benefited from coaching I listened in to while swimming next to college teams in town.

    Mom's stroke had deteriorated as it seemed her brain confused the side stroke with freestyle. One arm would come out of the water but the other did this doggy paddle thing. And then one day while doing my laps I found her sitting on the edge of the pool instead of swimming. She told me she just couldn't do it anymore. I took her to the showers and washed her hair and helped her dry and that was the last time I took her to the pool. She had taught me to swim as her mom taught her but now she'd become afraid of the water that always brought her such joy.

    And now I just had my nephew here so I took him to the pool only to find out that his swimming sucks. His arms are slapping the water and his kicks splash all over. He has no idea how to breathe. So then I had him do the breast stroke and he didn't even know what the fuck he was doing. He'd drop his body like a few feet under water, did some sort of dolphin leg kick thang combined with a doggy paddle arm thing. I'm like, what the fuck are you doing? I can't believe my brother never taught this kid to swim. We live in fucking Florida.

    So I started showing him a few things. His stroke improved somewhat immediately. It still sucks, but it's better. I didn't work on his kick yet. And I just got him to start to understand the breast stroke. He's starting to get the arms but doesn't get the legs yet. At least I have him swimming closer to the surface. Next time I'm with him I'll teach him breathing.

    Oh I know what I'm gonna do. I'm gonna make him put his face underwater and blow bubbles through his nose.
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    Aug 26, 2013 4:30 PM GMT
    Good lord - competitive swimmers are like most joggers, they don't deviate from their course one degree regardless of whatever destruction they leave in their wake. Can someone explain this level of entitlement to me?

    I say this because while curbing my big obvious showdogs, hugging the rail on the miles-straight esplanade of an otherwise EMPTY park I've literally been run down from behind and front by joggers wearing Lance Armstrong Livestrong bracelets as fashion statements while I was on chemo and they just kept going. I'm talking full faceplant-on-the-asphalt. I don't care how in-the-zone you are, nobody's that oblivious. They knew.

    As for swimmers, particularly those who were formerly on teams...

    I never had swimming lessons but at my local Y in just 5 months I lost 80 lbs and developed the tight body of an adonis lap swimming twice a week and lifting. However, the swim routine I devised which involved steady-state-but-fast-sprinting coupled with fins, gloves and deliberately bad form to increase resistance and difficulty really pissed off the master's swimmers, who may have shaved a second off their time following protocol but remained fat.

    At the Y there were three lanes clearly marked "SLOW/WALK," "MEDIUM" and "FAST," yet morning rush hour at the pool was a disaster because the lifeguards didn't regulate and people didn't regulate themselves. Masters swimmers would hog the fast lane, taking a "my way" (sprinting against the clock for a minute or two, then coffee klatching at the edge of the pool for five) "or the highway" approach and anyone who didn't want to be perceived as "slow" or "old" (which was almost everyone slow and old) would be in the medium lane along with fast swimmers who told me they were intimidated out of the fast lane, so the medium lane was a free-for-all. In fact, I once almost backstroked at a sprint straight into an 80 year old who decided to stop swimming and begin lap walking in the busy lane without warning, and the lifeguard observed this but did nothing. So since the fast lane was not in use for 5 minutes out of every 7 I did the safest thing - I moved to the fast lane.

    Even though I hugged the wall and the rope to give them plenty of room to pass (and they were pretty agile and advanced) they didn't appreciate my ability to sprint non-stop for an hour and the clique started yelling at me to stop or they'd mow me down. If they'd flagged me down and explained the protocols and, god forbid, invited me to join them and helped with my strokes during their lengthy breaks instead of making themselves out to be better than me by bragging that they made State on the swim team at Rutgers or some such, that would've been one thing. But they were assholes (one of them, clearly at least 8 month's pregnant, put her pride before the safety of her unborn child by avoiding the gentler, nearly empty slow lane!) so I told them I'd take their house if they tried, that the pool wasn't a democracy so there was no majority rule, and if the Y lifeguards in their group would get the ones on duty to actually regulate the slowpokes out of the medium lane I'd use that one.

    In the end I took action which resulted in a WIN for everybody - I wrote a letter not to the aquatics director who I knew would cover her and her staff's ass but to Corporate on my scary legal letterhead suggesting they should promote a safer environment to avoid legal action when someone inevitably got hurt. Soon they hired additional morning shift lifeguards to make the existing second pool available for folk circuit training in groups for competitions.RESIZED TEXT GOES HERE
  • madsexy

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    Aug 26, 2013 4:47 PM GMT
    I swam competitively in school then university but flamed out. Now I just swim for exercise, but not often enough since I moved here. Anyone want to come and get me WET? Er . . . icon_twisted.gif
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    Aug 26, 2013 4:51 PM GMT
    did it and still do......

    Started in competition at 10 and trained all the way up to high school. During this time I also competed in city swim teams and club swim that geared for the Olympics (AAU).

    I participated in the Explorer Olympics twice and went to State with my high school and our team took first place all for years that I swam varsity!!!
    Did a year in college and water polo, lifeguard, private swim instructor, now Masters!

    Smooth, sleek and powerful
  • pandx970

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    Oct 17, 2013 6:00 PM GMT
    Summer club from age 13 or 14. Three years in high school and 2 years in college.

    Haven't been in the pool since like a year ago, but my best friends' boyfriend and I had a long conversation on a drive up to a party last weekend and now I want to jump in a pool like now!

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    Oct 17, 2013 6:44 PM GMT
    swam since second grade. and in college. been on and off past 2 years now just to cut when I need to. I've been attempting to gain weight. I was 160lbs before lifting cause of swimming. It takes just 4 practices in 2 weeks and I lose any fat I've gained over the months. Do it right, get sets in and push yourself and it cuts you up pretty well. not to mention the tan you get is usually pretty solid. icon_cool.gif