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post #1 of 22
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I've never really been a swimmer in my life, but this summer I've been going to the pool a lot, like three or four times every week. But I'm more of a leisure swimmer.

I'd like to get into swimming laps for fitness, but I kind of suck at freestyle. I think my breast stroke is not bad, but I learned to swim when I was like 8, so I have no idea about proper technique. And I definitely need to improve my endurance.

That said, I have been working on swimming underwater. I have a goal of swimming the full length of a 50 meter pool without surfacing, by the end of this summer. I think I'm half way there right now, at least. My lungs are getting better, my glide is getting better, and I'm relaxing a lot more, so I think I should be able to make it. I always see these movies and TV shows where people swim under the ocean for minutes to reach underwater caves, and I know that's fiction, but the idea of that seems incredibly romantic to me. Of course, light would be a problem, wouldn't it?

I've never learned the butterfly, but I'd like to learn. However, I have proportionately thin legs, and I guess the butterfly is better suited for those with very strong legs. Last week, I saw a 10 year-old kid just booking with a strong dolphin kick, and I was really impressed.

So, does anybody have any tips for me? How about your own swimming? Does anybody have any stories to share?
post #2 of 22
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So, does anybody have any tips for me? How about your own swimming? Does anybody have any stories to share?

Any photos of (attractive) members in swimming costumes would also be appreciated...
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Any photos of (attractive) members in swimming costumes would also be appreciated...

Make sure you get their consent first!
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post #4 of 22
Also not sure if we want to see attractive "members"

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post #5 of 22
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Any photos of (attractive) members in swimming costumes would also be appreciated...

Well, since most AI members are American, there's little chance of you seeing anything more than a pair of shin length dork shorts anyway.
post #6 of 22
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So... no swimmers here?
post #7 of 22
I swim a lot in the ocean - my technique is pretty poor but I can swim two miles against a current if needed. My brother is a great swimmer - he was capatin of the University of Miami swimming and diving team, and won the lifeguard ironman competition here four years in a row. 50 meters underwater would be very impressive - 25 is not bad. The best people to get advice about swimming are lifeguards - they also know a lot about other types of physical training as well.
post #8 of 22
I don't swim much, never have, and can only swim "frog style". I have natural talent for holding breath, though. When I was a kid I could float limp without breathing for over 3 minutes - at times unnerving people who hadn't seen me float before. Once in secondary school biology class we got to use an airflow meter to measure lung capacity. I got 5 liters, next best guy 3.5l, best girl at 2.5l. Class was about 25 kids. At that time I managed a 45m dive, while only swimming as mandatory school exercise, less than 5 times a year.

I'm not sure how I would do now after 10 years. Definitely worse in static floating, since I have grown heavier and necessarily consume more oxygen. Dive length might increase, but probably not, since I'm geared more for max strength than aerobic exercise now. In any case I get headache from any breath holding and consider it unhealthy.
post #9 of 22
I have a big lung capacity, but I'm a pretty stringy guy, and I just don't float very well. Otherwise, I live on the beach and swim around from time to time, but I can't do the frog kick, because it seems to twist my knee (right one only) enough to bring back some hints of an old rugby injury.
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post #10 of 22
i've lived in australia for a total of maybe 6 years in the past 10 years... i luv the beach, sydney has some great pools, tried surfing a few times (i can get on the board but can't stay up), swimming is greattt

i can't do it too much though because the physical exertion, water, chill, etc... it affects my immune system and i tend to catch colds easily

right now i'm in KL malaysia so i go to a local sports club type thing, trying to put in a once-a-week swim.

but sydney... damn that was awesome dude ~ you can swim in the freshwater pool, sea-pools, the sea, rivers, waterfalls, and little coves with amazingly clear water and corals and stuff

oh there are risks of sharks though and dangerous currents sometimes... very very low risk, but, it's been known to happen if you don't know what you're doing
post #11 of 22
I used to be on the swim team at my country club when I was younger. I did quite well and even got on the record board for one of the backstroke races. However, I quit because I had to get up so early in order to go to practice and because I didn't particularly care for the Speedo swimsuits.

Last summer my family put in a pool in the backyard. It is a simple pool, but fits very nicely into the backyard. Only about 15' x 30' in dimensions, it's not big enough to do any sort of serious exercise. I like to swim in the pool once a day, if I have time.

As for the exercise, I either go back to the country club or to my health club. You should consider getting back into swimming. It's great exercise and is considered by many to be the most efficient, as far a burning calories, as any type of exercise out there.
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post #12 of 22
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As for the exercise, I either go back to the country club or to my health club. You should consider getting back into swimming. It's great exercise and is considered by many to be the most efficient, as far a burning calories, as any type of exercise out there.

i've been trying to switch over to swimming over the past few years instead of jogging because its much more total body and much more low impact (oh and i don't smoke.)
post #13 of 22
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i've been trying to switch over to swimming over the past few years instead of jogging because its much more total body and much more low impact (oh and i don't smoke.)

Not to mention that it feels great to be in the pool in the summer heat. Way better than working out in a sweaty gym or running in the heat or having to get out of bed at 6am to run in a more comfortable environment.

I swam about 1000m on Friday (500m non-stop longest run). For someone not used to exercising, my muscles felt it, but it still felt fantastic to be in the water.

I've also got the best tan I've ever had in my life. I've always been ultra white, so any tan for me is an accomplishment. At least I feel more fit these days, and I think I lok as good as I've ever looked, which unfortunately, still isn't that great. I could easily shed 10 pounds off of my stomach and upper body. If I keep swimming, I just might do it.

Goal next week is 1000 meters non-stop.

I still don't feel very comfortable swimming freestyle. My breathing pace just doesn't match my stroke (I'm a medium distance runner, so I take long, slow breaths), and I have difficulty rotating to my right to breathe to alternate the breath. If I skip strokes to breathe, I sometimes feel uncomfortable, but breathing every stroke is much too fast for me. I want to be coached just a little to improve my technique, and to be told what I'm doing wrong.

I also tried swimming underwater with the dolphin kick, and I love it. I want to try the butterfly, but I need to be coached in order to understand the technique correctly.

Maybe I'll take a course when I return to Hong Kong in September, or I'll ask my sister for some help when I'm in Hawaii.

I also learned I can hold my breath in the dead man's float for a minute and a half now. I want to reach 2:00.

I can still manage 25m underwater. It takes serious effort, but I can do it. I verified the distance at a 25m pool.

Glad we finally had some sun on Friday, that's all I can say. Hopefully Monday will be equally as nice.

And after this summer in Hawaii and San Diego, I might get really, really dark. I can't imagine it. As a kid I was made fun of by the other kids for being so white.
post #14 of 22
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Way better than working out in a sweaty gym

I would put gyms in an almost totally different category. Gym is for hitting weights. Weights are for 1) maximum and 2) explosive power. Swimming is aerobic training mostly.
post #15 of 22
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I would put gyms in an almost totally different category. Gym is for hitting weights. Weights are for 1) maximum and 2) explosive power. Swimming is aerobic training mostly.

Huh? Where I'm at, 90% of the people who go to gym spend 90% of their time on the stair climbing machine, treadmill or similar.
post #16 of 22
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Originally posted by Gon
I would put gyms in an almost totally different category. Gym is for hitting weights. Weights are for 1) maximum and 2) explosive power. Swimming is aerobic training mostly.

It depends which excercises you do. A traditional Russian kettlebell workout seems be more about endurance than pure explosive strength.
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post #17 of 22
hmmm, funny I should come accross this thread. I had same idea in mind. I've gotten totally out of shape and dont really feel llike going to gym.. but I do want to get in shape. I've been "swimming" since before I could walk and scuba diving, and holding breath, etc. My max time is 1:45 underwater with head just below water.

Aaaaaanyway, like tonton, I never had formal training in swimming and want to develop upper torso and arms... and if possible, impede any further growth on the love handle department (damn things just come out of nowehere! bastards!!!)

Hope to find some nice places here in Paris for swimming... and hope they dont let frikken Poodles in :P
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post #18 of 22
I use to swim alot. From 6 years old thru college. 2-a-days during the season. If you want to learn butterfly start with fins on. It will help you get the right motion and feel for how the stroke should be. You should be able to get 50 meters underwater by the end of summer, unless you are old and out of shape like some of us.

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post #19 of 22
I was a swimmer. Summer league from age 8 to 18. high school team, junior college team. Water polo as well. Got burned out, only so many hours one can spend in life being isolated, in pain or at least discomfort, looking at tiles and counting laps. I had a break fro many years and now enjoy when I have chance to go back in the water. My brain still nows what to do even if the body can't do it for very long (I'm still talking about swimming here).

I like to go diving now, so my ability to hold my breath and feel comfortable in the water still comes in handy. At my peak I could do 100 yards underwater on one breath (25 yard pool).

BTW. My legs suck and I can still do the butterfly. I was really the worst on any team I've ever been on when it came to kicking practice. My dolphin kick just does the job of keeping my legs from sinking. The rest is all arms. In water polo wwe use to do 40 laps of butterfly to build endurance. We stopped fro a few seconds after each lap and waited for teh whistle to blow. Coach always lost track and made us do more than 40. Great way to blow the chunks out of your arteries.
post #20 of 22
Ive been competition swimming since i was around 1st grade. I love to swim, i had to give up wrestling(which i also had been doing for a lifetime) to swim in high school. i still cant make up my mind if i made the wrong decision or not. even tho im very successful in swimming.. ill never know how it could have been if i went the other path.
post #21 of 22
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Originally posted by tonton
I think my breast stroke is not bad...

Mmmm... breast stroke....

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post #22 of 22
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Originally posted by Carson O'Genic
At my peak I could do 100 yards underwater on one breath (25 yard pool).



That's just amazing. With the turns and everything. Wow.
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