Swimming describes any method by which humans (or other living creatures) move themselves through water, apart from walking on the bottom.

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How to keep swimming stroke consistent while swimming?

I've been swimming lengths for about a year and usually swim 2000 metres during workouts. I structure my swims into different intervals and they are long distances, fast pace and sprints. What I find ...
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What does it mean to 'condition the body'?

I read on this page the phrase, 'Treading water – great all round body conditioner'. What does this mean, to condition the body? I've heard of 'conditioning' before (when reading fitness how-to's), ...
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How do the disabled swim? How do they use their legs?

I'm disabled, not like Roy from the IT crowd :) I can walk on crutches or walker, and I can swim for few minutes. I realize that kicking my legs is what makes me float, using my arms is just to move ...
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How do I kick properly while swimming

I am a beginner in swimming and it's been just 5 days into instructor lead coaching in the pool. I have mastered floating and classes are focused on freestyle. I still don't know if I am kicking ...
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Exhaling properly underwater? [duplicate]

The thing I struggle most with when trying to lap swim is getting the breathing right. After blowing my air out underwater, the breath I take in above water feels very shallow and I don't get much ...
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What is the best way of getting into open water swimming?

I am considering training for a triathlon and wondered what the best approach is when starting out with open water swimming? Also would you recommend buying a wetsuit straight away? Does it tend to ...
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Is it possible to practice freestyle breathing with a kick board?

I have been trying to achieve "one goggle in the water" side breathing, but even using flippers and three kick boards to keep my body as high as humanly possible, basic face anatomy dictates that if ...
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Why is my swimming fitness so much worse than my cycling and running fitness?

I cycle a lot, I run a bit, and I swim once per week. I have been training once per week for 5 months now. When I started, I could barely swim a length of freestyle. Now I can swim a lap with ease. ...
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How can I learn to kick with a different pattern?

My biggest problem with front-crawl (freestyle) swimming is that I naturally kick four times per cycle (i.e. twice per hand), such that I'm always kicking with the same foot when a hand enters the ...
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Drills for sea swimming

Has anyone got experience swimming in the sea? I live in India and the sea near my house is Bay of Bengal. This sea is madly violent. Crossing the initial waves is really tough. Being the first day ...
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After a strenuous workout, do your lungs need time to rest and repair? If so, what is being repaired in your lungs as you rest them?

I had a difficult surf session this morning and exited the waters with burning lungs, similar in feeling to after running long distance or multiple sprints. I'm an avid weightlifter, so I'm well aware ...
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Swim cap for men's long hair

I've been growing my hair out to donate it to either "Locks of Love" or "Pantene Beautiful Lengths". I'd like to start "re-learning" how to swim so that I can take part in a sprint triathlon next ...
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Water dripping from nose after swimming

After swimming in the sea, some amount of water drips from my nose time to time, for several hours. Normally water drips when I bend forward. Is this a medical problem?
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Do you sweat when swimming?

Just curious about this topic, because I only do swimming for fitness purpose, and I'm worrying whether the cold water blocks the sweating mechanism?
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Recreational vs Competitive Breaststroke Timing

Looking around some information about breaststroke technique, I am seeing different information about the timing of the kick. With the recreational breaststroke (with head all time out) I tend to ...
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What are good home-exercises for a 7-year-old swimmer to increase stamina, endurance and GPP?

My daughter, who is coming up to be 7 years old, loves swimming and has recently started race training. She is the youngest/smallest/thinnest of all the children in the group. Her technique is pretty ...
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Swimming practice for adult beginner

I've just started learning how to swim as an adult but I am feeling that one hour lesson a week is just not enough. I hardly can move forward with my arms and certainly I almost move backwards using ...
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(Re)Learning how to swim

As a kid, I was an avid swimmer. I was nowhere near an expert, but I was in a pool, swimming laps, almost every day of the summer. My form was probably poor then, but nobody instructed me otherwise. ...
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Advantages of using the sidestroke

Ive read that the preferred swimming style for the US Navy soldiers is the sidestroke. What are the benefits of the sidestroke that make it the preferred style?
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How can you get your belly to be less sensitive to cold water swimming etc?

I'm not afraid of water or cold, but very sensitive to cold water, especially on my belly, waist and back. When other people claim the water's warm, I have difficulties to breathe. Can I do anything?
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Can swimming significantly help to improve vertical jump?

I've met physical education teacher in the swimming pool and he told me that swimming will NOT have significant effect for developing my vertical jump. If we omit weight loss caused by swimming and ...
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How to compensate swimming overload in the gym?

I'm looking for exercises which can help me compensate muscle overload generated by swimming (mainly crawl). I crawl about 3 to 4 times a week and I want to focus on that style. I heard that you ...
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How to improve swimming performance in the gym?

Question is quite simple. I'm looking for gym-specific bunch of exercises which can help me to build up swimming performance/endurance/speed. So, when I'm not in the water I can still be continuously ...
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Train for swimming long distances

I want to swim 3000 m non-stop for an event coming up next month. I have got three different plans for training to that event, them coming from a great coach. Those plans are concentrating on the ...
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Feeling thirsty while swimming

I am feeling very thirsty while swimming. I have an event(3/4 Ironman), next month, which requires me to swim 3000 m in the first leg. But the problem with me is that I drink water every 500 m while I ...
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How to switch from sprints to swimming longer distances

I've been swimming for 1,5 year and 4 times per week in average. I had a period of 6-7 trainings during a week and with spring coming I switched 2-3 trainings to running finally because this is simply ...
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Running and swimming in the morning combination

I am going to Spain for 2 months. The place is 1 km from the sea. My question is what morning workout do you suggest for me? I get up regularly at 6:05 in the morning every day and then I have time ...
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how can I prevent gagging from mucus on back of throat when swimming?

It's not the most glamorous question but its a very annoying problem. I like to swim about 1km without stopping, but I find every now and again I get thick mucus on the back of my throat that makes me ...
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Do swimming caps keep you warm in cold water?

I swim in an unheated outdoor pool in Spring (in the UK). It's cold enough to be uncomfortable but not dangerous (today the water was 14°C, and if it's below 10°C they close the pool). After a length ...
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Eating before workout

My coach tells me that I shouldn't eat before going for a swim session. But I feel hungry during the session. The routine I follow in the session is: 1 to 2 hours of Jogging and Floor exercises(own ...
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Losing weight rapidly

I am 25 years old. My height is 172.5 cm. My weight as of today(26th Apr, 2013) is 54.3 kg. I was 56.5 kg, 4 weeks back. My BMI is 18.25. I have been swimming really hard in this period, covered ...
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How to loosen up the hamstring?

I have a very hard hamstring. I can stretch my hamstring to a good extent, i.e., touch the floor without bending the knees with my knuckles but not beyond that. At that stretch point, I feel a ...
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What is the best way to improve speed with the Total Immersion stroke?

I've found excellent results with endurance, per se, with the TI stroke, but as I've seen great gains there, my speed had remained relatively constant. What is best to focus on to turn on the jets ...
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Body angle during freestyle

I am practicing myself on the Total Immersion style of swimming, as I am practicing for long distance triathlon. After a lot of practice I am doing the 2 beat kicks with little difficulty. Can ...
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Tight triceps: should I rest or continue swimming?

For the past 3 days, I have been swimming very hard. Now, my triceps muscles have started to feel the pain. Rather than calling it pain, I would say, they are tightened up. Should I continue ...
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Creating a swimming workout schedule

I'm looking to create myself a good swimming workout schedule and need some advice. What is the best schedule to get optimum results? How often should one have rest days? I'm currently looking at ...
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Breast stroke kick with my face facing the sky! Am i back stroking in swimming?

today my coach (in swimming) taught me (after breast stroke) to kick backwards (as we do in breast stroke) with my head upside facing the air. So what am i doing is like : having my face towards the ...
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Swimming - usefulness of different styles with fat

I am just started to learn swimming... and learnt that there are a large number of styles like Freestyle, breaststoke , backstroke, butterfly stroke ? Though I just know that each of these strokes ...
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Going to compete 5km outdoor breaststroke

I'm going to compete in a 5km outdoor race. It's going to be breaststroke competition. It's been a while since i really did any real training, and I'm am currently not in good shape. The competition ...
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Is it physically possible to have a calorie deficit for a month and gain 5 kilos of weight while being on diet and training?

Is it physically possible to have a calorie deficit for a month and gain 5 kilos of weight while being on diet? I am eating around 1500-2000 calories a day and I should be taking around 3500 minimum ...
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Can I cycle or run with shoulder niggles?

I have developed a slight niggle in my right shoulder. Reason could be because of over workout in swimming. The niggle is light pain when I move my shoulders a bit fast with some weight on it. For ...
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How to increase speed in freestyle kicks?

I swim 2 km or more per day and 4 days a week. In that distance I use the kickboard and do freestyle kicks (200 m). It takes around 120 second to complete every 50 m in that kick session. Can ...
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How to gain weight? By higher calorie intake or muscle building through exercise?

My BMI is 18.5. Age 24, height 172.5 cm and weight 55 kg. I am undergoing training for triathlon. I swim 3 to 4 days a week (6-8 km in 4.5hrs - 6 hrs). I cycle around 50 km a week in 2.5 hrs. I run ...
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Breathing using mouth or nose - correct way while swimming?

I just started the breast stroke in a swimming class. I have heard something like, "It is bad to breathe in using your mouth because there are greater chances of inhaling things that go directly ...
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training for 200m freestyle swim race

I have 6 months to train for a swimming race (200m freestyle in a 50m outdoor pool). My level at the moment is beginner/intermediate, with fairly good technique. Should I focus on training longer ...
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What are equivalent swimming and running speeds?

How do you compare swimming and running speeds? For example, is swimming 100m in 60s comparable to running 1 km in four minutes in terms of effort or in terms the times in races (e.g. map percentiles ...
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Is there an optimum for swimming stroke rate?

I started swimming and trying to swim 1500m nonstop (as a first goal). I gradually increased my set distances. After 4 weeks I can swim 1000m nonstop. I guess I will reach 1500m in 2 weeks. One thing ...
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Warm ups for swimming?

A few weeks back I managed to pull a muscle while swimming. I'm fairly certain it's because I didn't warm up before I got in the pool and did some higher intensity swimming than I normally do. What ...
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What swimming maintenance program can I do until next summer?

Over this summer, I have been focused on swimming, 3-4 times a week, almost 1 hour each time, mostly in outdoor 50m pools. Now, when fall arrives (outdoor pools closed last week in Stockholm) and work ...
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Swimming for muscle building and fat burn

I heard that swimming is the best option for a whole body workout, but I don't really know what effects that swimming has on my body. Does swimming burn fat and help me building muscles (my first ...