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    Oct 21, 2007 8:28 PM GMT
    Does anyone have any good swimming workouts?
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    Oct 21, 2007 11:20 PM GMT
    get in a pool. and do lapsicon_smile.gif
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    Oct 22, 2007 12:24 AM GMT
    thanks josh. would the laps include breststroke, sidestroke, backstroke, etc?????
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    Oct 22, 2007 1:27 AM GMT
    If you want to lose weight, quickly, don't do swimming. Swimming will eventually get you to that ripped area like most proffessional swimmers, but you have to realize those guys swim insane amounts of hours. I swam in college, and it takes a long time to lose even 5 pounds.

    However, if you want, here are some guidelines:

    Swimming is like any other exercise, in otherwords, you'll want to work out hard, spending more than an hour in the pool is probably going to be detrimental to building muscle mass.

    Your workout will vary depending on time, energy, and desire not to hate your life, some notes:
    -Butterfly is the most intense stroke, if you want to build muscle, swim this. You should know how to do it though, otherwise you will get laughed at.
    -Breaststroke can be just as hard, however, you have to have some skill at this stroke to make it so, otherwise its just a lazy person stroke. I wouldn't suggest doing this unless you know what you're doing.
    -Freestyle/backstroke are basically the same, backstroke recommended if you have issues with breathing. Freestyle will be what you do most of if you're not sure of how good you are.

    Here is what I would do:

    1000 yard warm up (400free, 300breast, 200 back, 100 fly)

    To lose weight (although it will be slow going):
    10 x 100 (yard) Freestyle on 1:30
    5 x 50 Freestyle on 50
    10 x 100 yard Freestyle on 1:25

    (I have no idea how good you are, but you should feel out what you can get down to, most college swimmers can get down to repeats 1:05's)

    To build muscle:
    10 x 50 Butterfly (Building to Hard) on 1:00
    5 x 50 Freestyle on 1:00 (Easy)
    10 x 50 Butterfly (All out)
    5 x 50 Freestyle on 1:00 (All out)

    200 yard cool down

    It does really depend on how good you are though, swimming is strange because designing sets for people doesn't ever work out unless you know their skill level. That said, if you do these things you should be well on your way to what you want.
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    Oct 22, 2007 3:29 AM GMT
    Check out http://swimming.about.com/od/sampleswimworkouts/a/8_week_plan.htm A Swim Training Workout Plan for Novice Swimmers.

    I used it as a great guide for getting back into shape when I was ill a couple years ago.

    Really good advice.

    Good Luck

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    Oct 22, 2007 11:15 AM GMT
    If you are a bit more advance check out the US Masters website workout forum:http://forums.usms.org/forumdisplay?forumid=95
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    Oct 24, 2007 11:02 PM GMT
    Check out this website: www.swim4fitness.com
    You have to create a profile to join (free) but you can download loads of workouts for cardio, strength, etc. - and the guys in the websites pics have beautiful bods... icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 25, 2007 2:34 PM GMT
    I have also noticed that swimming doesn't do much for weigh-loss. The weeks where I swim instead of going on the treadmill don't do much on the scale.
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    Oct 25, 2007 2:45 PM GMT
    Swimming is fantastic exercise and a great calorie burner, but you have to actually SWIM.

    Many beginning fitness swimmers make the mistake of thinking all they have to do is get into the water and paddle around a bit with a side stroke.

    If you want to burn calories and get the full fitness advantage you have to swim some LAPS. Preferably 1+ miles three or more times a week using a variety of strokes: Breast, Freestyle, Butterfly, etc.

    Look at the laps as if you were on a treadmill in the water... Swim until you are exhausted.

    Always swim with supervision or a nearby lifeguard, no matter how advanced you think you are.

    Believe me you will get the benefits of a good workout.

  • BlackJock79

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    Oct 25, 2007 3:17 PM GMT
    I can't swim. icon_redface.gif I took a class in college and it took me almost all semester to learn one stroke. The swim instructor used me as the dummy that sinks to the bottom and my other classmates got to rescue me. icon_redface.gif I always sank right to the bottom. I wish I knew how to swim better or knew someone that could teach me.
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    Nov 10, 2007 5:04 PM GMT
    I used to swim all the time in my teens and early 20s. Then we got rid of the pool we had and I just stopped swimming for the next 20 years. And then I had a stroke in March of 2006. Yep, pretty damn serious shit, strokes. I started going to the gym earlier this year, and for the first time in 20 years I started swimming again. Yes, for me, it was hard work at first. I had a right arm and leg that didn't work as well as they should have, but I kept at it. I started doing laps swimming and walking back and forth in the water for good resistance. Yeah I use one of those foam rubber thingies to help keep me afloat for now, (but not for too much longer anyhow), but I do it anyway! If I can do it, and I do, anyone can swim.

    Just do it!
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    Dec 26, 2007 8:00 PM GMT
    I'd recommend swimming with a local masters team, preferably with a gay team there is one in your area. Check out team listings at

    IGLA http://www.igla.org/
    USMS http://www.usms.org/

    Swimming with a masters team 3 times a week will likely be enough to help one achieve his/her fitness level. Each of these practices should be about 90 minutes, and you have to be able to keep up with the intervals given by the coach. If you are an experienced swimmer, you have need to swim 4000 or 5000 yards. If you swim in a slow lane, perhaps 2000 yards a practice should be enough.

    If you live in or visit Philly, I encourage you to visit my team, the Philadelphia Aquatics Club http://www.philadelphia-fins.org/

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    Dec 26, 2007 8:14 PM GMT
    The one thing you must understand with swimming, is that it is a lot harder than running, in that you must really have a solid stroke and give your workouts a serious approach. Noth that running is not difficult. Its just an excercise that more people more or less understand the basics of.

    I disagree with the assertion that it is not good for muscle building or fat loss. By its nature swimming is perfect for toning, as it is purely resistance training. It also makes you hungry as hell when you are finished, so I find I eat more when I swim, so I do not lose weight. If you want to lose fat, do interval training. Swimming is perfect for interval training.

    I came from a program where at our peak we would swim 28,000 meters a day. Your body learns how to adapt to such intensities. I am now just getting back i the pool after 5 years and find that my 2500 meter workout is getting me back into feeling the water again. Youy have to take your time and build up those support muscles, especially after intense body building training.

    Also do not forget a good kickboard workout. Great way to blow out your legs.