Basics

  • phill

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    Apr 10, 2007 4:14 PM GMT
    Hello, im currently a newbie at the swimming thing. I had swimming lessons as a kid and practiced diving routines but nothing serious. My work is soon to open their pool for the summer season and i would be neglectful if i did take this oppertunity to use the facilities.

    Are there any basic primers or videos one could get or read in order to understand the true fundamentals of swimming. I unfortunately dont have enough time for swimming lessons with my hectic schedual.

    thanks in advance.
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    Apr 19, 2007 12:20 AM GMT
    well i dont know of any books or videos that you could read or watch.. but im a swim teacher and coach.. what are you trying to achieve with your swimming; just for cardio, tone up a little, loose weight?!?! what strokes can you do; freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, breastroke?!?! just wondering so i can give you the right kind of workout..
  • luckybrand88

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    Apr 26, 2007 6:44 AM GMT
    I'm interested in toning up if you wanna help me out.
  • phill

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    May 17, 2007 1:47 AM GMT
    sorry i have been away for a while. I think i do the freestyle. i dont know just the one hand over the other variety. Im looking to tone up. im already pretty skinny because of my veganism. thanks for offering to help, i appreciate it!
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    May 21, 2007 1:46 AM GMT
    well if your just looking to do freestyle,, then i sujest that you do like a mile a day,, which is 1600 meters or 64 laps. your first 8 laps should be a warm up,, just swim(which will equal 200 meters). the next 8 laps,, only use your arms. the next 8 laps,, only use your legs. then do two sets of 4 laps,, sprint(as fast as you can go,, equals 100 meters). Now flip on your back and do the same motions as freestyle,, but instead your doing backstroke. Start off with 4 laps(100 meters) to warm up,, just swim. the next 4 laps,, just use your arms. the next 4 laps,, just use your legs. then 4 more laps,, sprint. switch back over to your front and do another 4 laps of freestyle swim. then two sets of 4 more laps sprint,, any style.. freestyle or backstroke. then end with a very slow and easy 4 lap cool down. all will equal about a mile,, and it should give you a pretty good work out. remember to breath every 3 strokes and dont stop after every lap,, stop after every set.

    Let me know how that work out does for you,, if you want something harder,, just let me know,, i'll come up with something more intence.. good luck!!

    pauly :)
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    May 21, 2007 4:36 AM GMT
    Make sure you know if your pool is measured in meters or yards, and there are many, because it makes a difference as to how much equals a mile. If in meters than yes, 1600 equals a mile if in yard then about 1800 -- honestly a mile is not a very convienient measurement when it comes to swimming. Either meters or yards is more accurate depending on what type of pool you are swimming in. You will also find that laps are counted differntly. In a 25m/yard pool some will count this as a lap other will count 50m/yard, or there and back, as a lap which corresponds to what a lap would be in an olympic pool: 50m. Also the backstroke is very different than the freestyle, or frontcrawl. Both the arm movements and kick are significantly different, plus swimming on your back feels quite different as well. You may just want to stick to what you are comfortable first, or get a good teacher as there is nothing harder than unlearning bad habits when trying to clean up a swimming stroke. But good luck. I find swimming one of my favorite exercises and both very relaxing and rewarding at the same time, plus anyone, and I saw anyone can learn to swim well.
  • phill

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    May 22, 2007 1:12 AM GMT
    unfortunately my pool is a very small one. its not olympic size at all. so its a bit harder to use these measurements. It is all i have for now though.

    thanks pauly for the suggestions, tommorrow is my first day of swimming and i will incorporate this advice into my 30 minute preliminary.
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    May 22, 2007 3:11 AM GMT
    Doesn't have to be olympic for you to get a good work out -- most pools aren't and are usually 25m or 25 yards which is about half the length of an olympic one. So go and have a good time, and don't sweat it if the pool isn't big since anything is better than nothing.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Jun 15, 2007 9:37 PM GMT
    Remember to keep your protein intake up. One gram of protein a day per pound. Eat legumes, nuts, soy, tofu. Also add a shake or protein bar between meals your muscles will need the extra energy. Good Luck Phil-

    Mike
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    Aug 11, 2007 3:38 AM GMT
    Wanna learn the butterfly stroke. =)

    I miss my swimming routine during my college days. I do the medley. 1 lap freestyle, then backstroke, and breaststroke. Repeat till i get tired.

    SWimming lessons? It is better to have an actual lesson with a teacher. This ensures you are following proper position, breathing, and movement.
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    Dec 28, 2007 7:07 PM GMT
    If at all possible see if you can find a partner to swim with. Invariably, it gives you a better workout and your partner can offer tips on your technique. In swimming, technique is everything.
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    Dec 28, 2007 7:38 PM GMT
    I agree with Chicago.

    I found that even after more than 20 years of swimming, I find better ways to improve my technique. At my peak I was 5'6" 160#, not a swimmers body. But I focused on technique and was able to compete on a national level.

    I would find a master's prgram in your area. Perhaps a gay and Lesbian team. Master's programs are great because they cater to all levels, from beginner to world class. In a structured program you will likely spend a lot of time on drill work and will have a coach there to help you with your technique.

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    Dec 28, 2007 7:52 PM GMT
    DJBens77 saidI agree with Chicago.

    I found that even after more than 20 years of swimming, I find better ways to improve my technique. At my peak I was 5'6" 160#, not a swimmers body. But I focused on technique and was able to compete on a national level.

    I would find a master's prgram in your area. Perhaps a gay and Lesbian team. Master's programs are great because they cater to all levels, from beginner to world class. In a structured program you will likely spend a lot of time on drill work and will have a coach there to help you with your technique.



    YES, YES and YES. I'm on a US Masters team and people on the team are at varying levels of ability, from true beginners to former college swimmers. In the major cities there is usually one or more gay Masters teams.

    Here is a link to the US Masters Swimming site that can help you find a local Masters team. http://www.usms.org/lmsc/