Swimming Laps??

  • ChilaxinJOCK0...

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    Jun 27, 2009 10:07 PM GMT
    Ive never really swam laps in the pool b4 for exercise but I want to begin tommorrow....Whats a smart way to start without killing/drowning myself/?? Then once i've been doing it for a while what is a good amount of laps to be doing for a good workout? I am kind of clueless...lookin for advice from u swimmers
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    Jun 28, 2009 6:25 AM GMT
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    Jun 28, 2009 5:20 PM GMT
    I swim 1000 yards about 3 times a week. It is a great workout - in addition to weights and Yoga other days. To get started - why not get a kick board and just do 25 yards. Then, start out slowly - getting yourself in condition - and remember your breathing. Don't try to hurry at first - or you'll feel out of breath. Just take it easy - and do a few lengths - see how you feel - and work up to whatever number of laps you like. 1000 yards takes me about a half hour and you can do that too. The key is to enjoy it - so you look forward to hitting the water the next time. Good luck!
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    Jun 28, 2009 5:27 PM GMT
    Thanks Yall!
  • Bojangles89

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    Jun 28, 2009 5:28 PM GMT
    http://ruthkazez.com/ZeroTo1mile.html thats a great website to work up your to swim up to a mile at once. i started and got about 2 weeks in and then wasnt able to get to the gym so i kinda stopped. but its great, try it out!
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    Jun 28, 2009 5:37 PM GMT
    Another important thing to consider when conditioning in the pool is breathing. When I trained for a triathlon, I remember my coach taking me into the pool and learning to breath correctly at one end of the pool. Exhale underwater, and alternate inhaling on the left and the right. You can do this stationary, and then use the kickboard and do the same thing across the pool. Starting out this way will get you used to kicking and breathing at the same time without getting flustered. It takes time, but you will get stronger if you are consistent.
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    Jun 28, 2009 6:11 PM GMT
    I've been a competative swimmer for a while. Just know that everything in swimming takes time.
    For a good work out, we usually do from 7-8k yards a practice, but thats way too much for someone just starting out. Learn the 4 strokes and how to breathe properly and when you get comfortable with them, start building sets in your head that are from 500-1000yards.
    Ex: 5X100s on the 2:00 (Usually faster though) or 10X50s on the 1:00 stroke/free by 25. Add some kicking and pulling in there too. With swimming, as long as you keep going, there's really no down side when it comes to excercise.