(Closed) Swimmers-can you help me?

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015 - The Victorian

That’s so great that you have that available to you! Do you know how deep the pool is? I ask because if you’re not a great swimmer, running in the pool is GREAT for you, easy on your joints, and gets your heart rate up. Other suggestions if you’re not a very good swimmer (yet!), would be to invest in a kickboard. This will help you with your kicking and keep up your heartbeat even if you can’t swim that well yet. Just keep up your momentum and if you feel up to it, do a sprint every now and then to help burn fat. Swimming is great for your entire body, so definitely work up to a good stroke, even if it’s just one stroke, and you’ll be a little dolphin in no time! Good luck and let us know how you’re doing!

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Im a long time swimmer/water polo player. Swimming is great for loosing weight and building stamina. If you want to build muscle coupling your workout with weight trainging would be best. Swimming is a great high calorie burning non impact exercise. I like it because i never feel sweaty

When I swim laps Ill usually do something like this:

*if the pool you are using is a standard lap pool it should be 25meters long. 100 meters= 4 laps)

Warmup: 

200 free 

Body:

100 free

100 breast

50 free

50 back

50 free

50 side breast (do the breast stroke on your side moving your legs in scissor fashion. this kills my hips and tighs!)

50 free

50 side breast, other side

50 free

100 breast

100 free

Warm down:

200 free

 

 

 

 

 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

And I agree with PP. Kickboards are great not only if you are a weak swimmer but using one helps target your core muscles!! 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: An amazing castle. August 2015

Following as I am also trying to lose weight and tone up. I’m also not a good swimmer so any tips would be helpful for me too 🙂 I also do zumba and moky classes and go to the gym a little bit. 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - backyard wedding!!

That’s a great work out..but if you can’t swim too much yet…see if you can get some swim lessons! They will really help! It’s hard to do laps if you are plugging your nose. You can get a nose clip/plug but that just kind of teaches you to swim with it instead of learning how  to swim and blow bubbles out of your nose. A few good swim lessons can teach you the basics and really help! My ppor Fiance has never learned to swim and can’t go underwater AT ALL- and then there’s me and my sis and bro who all competed all growing up and our kids are all on the swim team and we are fishes! Once you get the swim bug it’s so awesome!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I also can’t swim underwater without holding my nose, but this summer I got a pair of those big goggles with the nose piece! They look a little silly, but how I can see and not accidentally breathe in water, which makes improving my swimming a lot easier!

Post # 9
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Helper bee

Swimming is so much fun and a great way to improve your health. I think you should figure out which strokes you want to do. Since you can’t swim well, maybe you could look it up on Youtube or get a friend to help? I think the breaststroke and sidestroke would be good starter strokes, and the front crawl would be good when you are ready to push yourself more. Just treading water is a good workout, too.

Also, if you are looking to get in shape, I would suggest lifting weights and keeping your reps fairly low and the weights heavy. It’s actually pretty fun, and it will tighten up everything and make you strong. =)

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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gingerkitty:  Long time swimmer/polo player here too 🙂 Yay to the best sports ever!

OP, I find for me, 45 minutes doesn’t leave me feeling like I’ve really had a workout. I need to spend at least an hour (and an hour pretty much non-stop rather than resting at the wall ever couple of laps). This is actually why as I’ve grown older, I’ve started shying away from swimming as my #1 because it takes so much time for me to feel like I’ve had a “good” workout… while I had the time for 3-hour practices when I was younger, I don’t anymore.

So while it’s great to start out at 45-min, I’d plan on pushing it longer and longer if possible and/or mixing in dry land exercises as well. Also, be sure to spend time with warmup laps and warmdown laps.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I’m a pitiful swimmer. I’ve recently started swimming as well and one things that’s working for me is I don’t count laps just yet. I focus on technique and actually getting there, lol.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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TheGridMonster:  You must be in great shape! I can literally be swimming for 25 minutes and I’m DONE to the point my arms shake.

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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mrspereira:  Haha I think my swimming muscles are probably just too bored with me at this point. Gotta give all my long-forgotten-about muscles some action too!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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TheGridMonster:  high five!! After I posted this I posted this I started thinking of all of the great water polo work outs I could have suggested. Tread water with hands out of water(better yet something weighted over your head), in and outs, crunches with your legs on the pool deck… If it wasnt going to rain this afternoon I would go swimming. Im totally in the mood now!!

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Swimming is great exercise. It’s easier to not get water up your nose while you’re moving forward, so try just breathing out through your nose while your face is in the water. The turn yiur head to the side (not lifting it up) when you breath in with your mouth. I agree a lesson or two might help give you confidence! I like to alternate between free, breast and backstrokes.

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