How do I swim as a form of exercise?

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    Aug 31, 2013 10:05 PM GMT
    I am a beginner at this. I never played any sports in my life. I decided to try swimming because I can do it all by myself and there are a lot of benefits I can get from it.

    The problem is, I don't know where to start.

    I don't know how to swim yet so I will definitely enroll in swimming lessons here in my city. My question is, when I already know how to swim, where to I go to swim as a form of my body workout? You know, like, body builders go to the gym to workout, how about swimmers? Where do we go? Are there places that accommodate swimmers who just want to exercise and not compete. What do you call those places or establishment, like the "gym" for swimmers.

    I don't want to compete. I just want it as a form of exercise but I dont know where to go to do this. Also, are there also "swimming routines" that I may follow similar to how body builders have specific work out routine to achieve their goal?

    So yea, that is my question. I would so appreciate anyone who could enlighten me on this. icon_smile.gif

    Thank you gentlemen. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 01, 2013 1:17 AM GMT
    somersault saidyou go in the water to swim


    specifically, you want to swim in fresh water, not in salt water.
  • stu1

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    Sep 01, 2013 1:36 AM GMT
    When and where you take your swimming lessons you will find your answers. You'r in Florida their is plenty of water.
  • swimmer8671

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    Sep 01, 2013 1:38 AM GMT
    All of the previous posters are sarcastic asses so ignore them.

    There are tons of places to swim honestly, but if you want to swim for exercise make sure the aquatic center or pool you use is equipped and has special times for lap swimming so you don't have to deal with children or people getting in the way.

    I highly recommend joining a swim club in your area. You will get coaching on swimming techniques, workouts, and a bunch of new friends to workout with.

    The biggest misconception with swimming as an exercise is that everyone thinks it is just like running. You don't just keep swimming continuously without stopping, that is not how you get into swim shape. You need sets and workouts for example,a 500 warmup 10x100s on the 1:30 20x50s on the 45sec and then 5x200i.m.s on the 2:30 and a sprint set up 10x100s build by 25 on the 1:30.

    You might have absolutely no idea what i'm talking about, but that is fine, you will learn. But only if you join a swim club and learn how to actually swim, not like all those people that think splashing in the shallow end counts as swimming.
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    Sep 01, 2013 1:44 AM GMT
    I guess you should start by getting the right swimming technique and feeling confortable doing laps.

    Then my routine is doing a certain number of laps (e.g. 4) and getting out of the water and doing some other training at the same time: 4 laps, 20 push ups, 4 laps, plancking, 4 laps, squats...

    You'll be dead after 30 min lol.
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    Sep 01, 2013 2:14 AM GMT
    swimmer8671 saidAll of the previous posters are sarcastic asses so ignore them.

    There are tons of places to swim honestly, but if you want to swim for exercise make sure the aquatic center or pool you use is equipped and has special times for lap swimming so you don't have to deal with children or people getting in the way.

    I highly recommend joining a swim club in your area. You will get coaching on swimming techniques, workouts, and a bunch of new friends to workout with.

    The biggest misconception with swimming as an exercise is that everyone thinks it is just like running. You don't just keep swimming continuously without stopping, that is not how you get into swim shape. You need sets and workouts for example,a 500 warmup 10x100s on the 1:30 20x50s on the 45sec and then 5x200i.m.s on the 2:30 and a sprint set up 10x100s build by 25 on the 1:30.

    You might have absolutely no idea what i'm talking about, but that is fine, you will learn. But only if you join a swim club and learn how to actually swim, not like all those people that think splashing in the shallow end counts as swimming.

    THIS! As a swimmer myself, this is great advice, both the example of the swim routine, but especially to join a club where you'll get coaching and guidance. Good luck with it, bud.
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    Sep 01, 2013 2:25 AM GMT
    somersault said
    KJSharp said
    somersault saidyou go in the water to swim


    specifically, you want to swim in fresh water, not in salt water.


    make sure to avoid sharks, oil spills, flesh eating bacteria, snakes, high chlorine levels, jelly fish and little kids peeing


    tsk tsk. thanks guys. tsk tsk
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    Sep 01, 2013 2:34 AM GMT
    swimmer8671 saidAll of the previous posters are sarcastic asses so ignore them.

    There are tons of places to swim honestly, but if you want to swim for exercise make sure the aquatic center or pool you use is equipped and has special times for lap swimming so you don't have to deal with children or people getting in the way.

    I highly recommend joining a swim club in your area. You will get coaching on swimming techniques, workouts, and a bunch of new friends to workout with.

    The biggest misconception with swimming as an exercise is that everyone thinks it is just like running. You don't just keep swimming continuously without stopping, that is not how you get into swim shape. You need sets and workouts for example,a 500 warmup 10x100s on the 1:30 20x50s on the 45sec and then 5x200i.m.s on the 2:30 and a sprint set up 10x100s build by 25 on the 1:30.

    You might have absolutely no idea what i'm talking about, but that is fine, you will learn. But only if you join a swim club and learn how to actually swim, not like all those people that think splashing in the shallow end counts as swimming.


    I know right? Those previous posters really are being sarcastic. I really appreciate you for taking my question seriously. Now I know it's called "aquatic center". I will definitely do my research. Tallahassee is kind of small but I hope we have one here.

    I dont know how to swim yet like at all. not even the "dog style" hahah. I will definitely go through swimming lessons and like what you said I will try to search for swim clubs here in my area.

    I really learned a lot about what you wrote here. And again thank you so much for NOT being like those previous posters. icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 01, 2013 3:04 AM GMT
    Jantheman saidI am a beginner at this. I never played any sports in my life. I decided to try swimming because I can do it all by myself and there are a lot of benefits I can get from it.

    The problem is, I don't know where to start.

    I don't know how to swim yet so I will definitely enroll in swimming lessons here in my city. My question is, when I already know how to swim, where to I go to swim as a form of my body workout? You know, like, body builders go to the gym to workout, how about swimmers? Where do we go? Are there places that accommodate swimmers who just want to exercise and not compete. What do you call those places or establishment, like the "gym" for swimmers.

    I don't want to compete. I just want it as a form of exercise but I dont know where to go to do this. Also, are there also "swimming routines" that I may follow similar to how body builders have specific work out routine to achieve their goal?

    So yea, that is my question. I would so appreciate anyone who could enlighten me on this. icon_smile.gif

    Thank you gentlemen. icon_biggrin.gif


    Hey, check out this website! I hope this helps! icon_biggrin.gif

    http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/cms/article-detail.asp?articleid=528
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    Sep 01, 2013 3:07 AM GMT
    Just watch a few videos on YouTube. Swim in a lane by yourself OR find someone who appears to be new.
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    Sep 01, 2013 3:09 AM GMT
    ThatSwimmerGuy saidJust watch a few videos on YouTube. Swim in a lane by yourself OR find someone who appears to be new.


    thanks icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 01, 2013 3:20 AM GMT
    How do you get to 22 without ever playing any sport?
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    Sep 01, 2013 3:24 AM GMT
    SkittleGangsta saidHow do you get to 22 without ever playing any sport?


    I am just not into it. Like how some people never drew or sang before. dont even watch baseball games on the tv. btw your question makes me feel so old haha
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    Sep 01, 2013 3:26 AM GMT
    If you don't know how to swim and someone throws you into the deep end of a pool, it's a really good cardio workout.

    If you don't drown first.
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    Sep 01, 2013 3:28 AM GMT
    turbobilly saidIf you don't know how to swim and someone throws you into the deep end of a pool, it's a really good cardio workout.

    If you don't drown first.


    thank you for the insight sir. icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 01, 2013 3:40 AM GMT
    swimmer8671 said

    The biggest misconception with swimming as an exercise is that everyone thinks it is just like running. You don't just keep swimming continuously without stopping, that is not how you get into swim shape. You need sets and workouts for example,a 500 warmup 10x100s on the 1:30 20x50s on the 45sec and then 5x200i.m.s on the 2:30 and a sprint set up 10x100s build by 25 on the 1:30.
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    Damn, do you want to kill him on his first practice? Dude, take this workout because its pretty good, and just make the times slower. Once you get better, then you can work up to these times. 5x200 IM on 2:30...Jesus.
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    swimmer8671 said

    The biggest misconception with swimming as an exercise is that everyone thinks it is just like running. You don't just keep swimming continuously without stopping, that is not how you get into swim shape. You need sets and workouts for example,a 500 warmup 10x100s on the 1:30 20x50s on the 45sec and then 5x200i.m.s on the 2:30 and a sprint set up 10x100s build by 25 on the 1:30.
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    Damn, do you want to kill him on his first practice? Dude, take this workout because its pretty good, and just make the times slower. Once you get better, then you can work up to these times. 5x200 IM on 2:30...Jesus.


    hahah i really dont know yet what those figures mean lol but thank you for not wanting me to get killed haha
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    Sep 01, 2013 3:55 AM GMT
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    SkittleGangsta saidHow do you get to 22 without ever playing any sport?


    I am just not into it. Like how some people never drew or sang before. dont even watch baseball games on the tv. btw your question makes me feel so old haha


    Didn't you have gym class?
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    Jantheman said
    iadEndresen said
    swimmer8671 said

    The biggest misconception with swimming as an exercise is that everyone thinks it is just like running. You don't just keep swimming continuously without stopping, that is not how you get into swim shape. You need sets and workouts for example,a 500 warmup 10x100s on the 1:30 20x50s on the 45sec and then 5x200i.m.s on the 2:30 and a sprint set up 10x100s build by 25 on the 1:30.
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    Damn, do you want to kill him on his first practice? Dude, take this workout because its pretty good, and just make the times slower. Once you get better, then you can work up to these times. 5x200 IM on 2:30...Jesus.


    hahah i really dont know yet what those figures mean lol but thank you for not wanting me to get killed haha


    Okay well this might give you an idea. I was a state swimmer in Pennsylvania. I practiced two times a day in high school and swam about 4 miles a day. Those times are tiny bit slower than what I practiced with. Except the 200 IM's, they are the same.
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    Sep 01, 2013 6:10 AM GMT
    SkittleGangsta said
    Jantheman said
    SkittleGangsta saidHow do you get to 22 without ever playing any sport?


    I am just not into it. Like how some people never drew or sang before. dont even watch baseball games on the tv. btw your question makes me feel so old haha


    Didn't you have gym class?


    Nope.
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    Sep 01, 2013 6:43 AM GMT
    somersault saidyou go in the water to swim
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    I am a bodybuilder, that also used to be a competitive swimmer. I go to the gym to Bodybuilder And then after I'm done I swim. I'd like to recommend you start off by kicking. Go to a sporting goods store or online and buy yourself a kick board. It's a foam piece thats shaped like one half of the 10 Commandments put your elbows underneath of it and just kick kick kick kick. After that you can get yourself a pull buoy Which you put between your legs so that you don't have to care can you just pull with your upper body. Eventually you'll be able to put the whole thing together. But it's going to be slow progress, it's gonna be hard, and just don't stop.
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    Sep 01, 2013 2:52 PM GMT
    outwest saidI am a bodybuilder, that also used to be a competitive swimmer. I go to the gym to Bodybuilder And then after I'm done I swim. I'd like to recommend you start off by kicking. Go to a sporting goods store or online and buy yourself a kick board. It's a foam piece thats shaped like one half of the 10 Commandments put your elbows underneath of it and just kick kick kick kick. After that you can get yourself a pull buoy Which you put between your legs so that you don't have to care can you just pull with your upper body. Eventually you'll be able to put the whole thing together. But it's going to be slow progress, it's gonna be hard, and just don't stop.


    thats for me to learn how to swim right?
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    Sep 01, 2013 3:51 PM GMT
    swimmer8671 said
    The biggest misconception with swimming as an exercise is that everyone thinks it is just like running. You don't just keep swimming continuously without stopping, that is not how you get into swim shape. You need sets and workouts for example,a 500 warmup 10x100s on the 1:30 20x50s on the 45sec and then 5x200i.m.s on the 2:30 and a sprint set up 10x100s build by 25 on the 1:30.

    Serious question: Do the routines you suggested build larger muscles than long distance swimming (2 miles?) without stopping?; stronger muscles?; make you a faster swimmer?
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