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 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 ...
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Is it better to develop swimming fitness first or get better at technique?

Some say; you have to get better at your swimming technique before swimming longer distances. But others (minority) suggest that you have to develop swimming fitness before worrying about technique? ...
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How to make a swimming goggle fog free?

Do I have to buy new one every 2-3 months to swim fog free? Is there a way to protect the anti-fog feature for long times?
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How do I maintain my breath while swimming?

I lose my breath too early while free-style swimming. As a result I have to stop and take in a breath and then continue to swim again. How do I train my body/mind to use minimum amount of oxygen ...
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Swim technique workouts in a short pool

For a week of my vacation, I will be staying at a hotel that has a short pool (17m). My question is: Given a set of swim drills (e.g. some swim drills), for a short pool what should a workout program ...
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Rotator cuff strengthening for shoulder overuse injury

I like to do a lot of swimming, and recently my left shoulder had been giving me some minor pain and occasional clicking noises. I went to an orthopedic doctor and I was diagnosed with "Left AC ...
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What set of dry-land exercises can I perform that would be equivalent to swimming?

I like swimming a lot but only have access to it during the summer months when I have more time to exercise. Because of this, I get out of condition during the rest of the year and by the beginning of ...
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Will weight gain improve performance in competitive swimming?

I am at the low end of my healthy weight (Female, 22years old, 116pounds, 5'5). As a competitive swimmer, I am wondering whether putting on weight will improve my swimming performance? Thanks! :)
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Reasonable precautions for lake bacteria

I've read quite a lot online about bacteria you can be infected with by swimming in freshwater lakes. Anecdotally I've had friends tell me that when swimming in a lake you should keep your head over ...
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I can run better after swimming, how come?

I found out that when I go swimming in the evening (from 5:30 - 6:30), that my running (from 8:30 - 9:30) seems to go a lot better. (Eg. I'm less tired, I have less need for stretching - I stretch to ...
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How to count laps while swimming?

I always lose track of laps while swimming more than 1km freestyle in a pool. Is there any gadget or technique which helps counting laps?
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Formula to count calories burned during swimming

The swimming calculator site tells you how many calories are burned during swimming based on a formula by the University of Wisconsin. Our swim calorie burned calculation is an estimate using on ...
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What type or amount of weight training is beneficial for a beginning swimmer?

I started swimming regularly about a month ago, and I can currently swim freestyle less than 75m before I have to stop and recover for a short time. I have a simple goal of being able to cover 500m ...
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Power while swimming?

Here is a scatterplot matrix of elapsed times for the overall, swim, bike, and run legs of the 2009 Ironman Championship in Kona. Obviously, while the correlation is imperfect, it is still ...
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Improving freestyle swimming pace

I've started getting into freestyle swimming after doing a moderate amount of running for a long time (~50 km a month). I am doing three 1000m sessions a week and have improved to the point of ...
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Swimming for Fat burn

How good is swimming for burning fat? There seems to be a lot of conflicting opinions on the matter (not backed up with fact). A few places seem to say its the best exercise because its a whole body ...
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What is the difference between swimming and running?

I'm 25 years old. For the past years, I've been running every day. I dont like running. I like swimming. Which one is good for maintaining your body and reducing your belly? What is the main ...
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Doing different aerobic exercises

I'm swimming twice a week. My biggest issue is breathing and stamina, so I asked the teacher if running on the weekends would help. She told me that they are different kind of aerobic exercises, that ...
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What can explain my feet cramping while using swim fins when I swim in the afternoon/evening?

I've been swimming for the last couple years and currently swim 4 times a week. Two of those days I swim in the morning, the other two are in the evening. Whenever I swim in the evening and swim a set ...
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Open water swimming in winter

What are the dangers of open water swimming in winter? What do you do to avoid them?
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Lots of phlegm while doing cardio workouts

I have a bit of an odd question, whenever I do cardio workouts that get my heart rate up and breathing hard I get phlegm buildup in my throat and my nose starts running. It's not a huge amount but ...
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How to prevent calf cramps while swimming?

I haven't swum in a very long time, although I used to be able to swim with the crawl stroke pretty well as a kid. Now after a couple decades of not using that stroke my body has forgotten how. My ...