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I stumbled onto a great resource of swimming information: Swimsmooth.com that happened to have a couple of great tips I'd like to share: 1. Focus on exhaling rather than inhaling. The reason you want to breathe is not because you have a lack of oxygen. You only consume a couple percent of the 20% oxygen you breathe in, no the reason you breathe is to get ...


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Although swimming alone in the middle of Lake Michigan sounds wonderful and has its benefits to you, swimming alone has life altering/ending risks. The chances may be minimal that something dangerous could happen, but see my story below for an example that bad things can happen. If something did happen you don't seem to have left yourself any communication ...


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Mouth vs nose Some exhale through the nose, some through the mouth and some through both at the same time. Both is somewhat better (it's faster, deeper and prevents water coming in) but maybe needs more practice to be done properly. Rhythm Anything from 1:1 to 5:1 is very common but 3:1 is considered the most efficient* (3:1 is 3 strokes for 1 breath). ...


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It doesn't matter if your body gets cooled down during swimming. What matters is the number of Calories you burn during any exercise. Fat loss happens when you expend more Calories than you take in. Simple as that. Swimming is actually a very good Calorie burner. According to NutriStrategy, swimming at a leisurely pace for one hour can burn 354 to 558 ...


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The world record holder on 1500m is Sun Yang, an analysis of his stroke per length and stroke rate can be found at Sun Yang. His stroke rate (or frequency) is 0.96 (almost a stroke per second) and his strokes per 50m length is 27. Your stroke rate is 0.85 (48 strokes per 56 seconds) or 51 strokes per minute, i.e. slower than Sun Yang (58 strokes per ...


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In general, it is not really necessary to swim overlong long distance sets, as there is no real training benefit other than mentally knowing that you can swim the distance. Even for competitive swimmers doing the 1500, workouts will rarely have that distance in the plan. There is more benefit to swimming a set such as 6x500 on :10 rest than there is in ...


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I've done a lot of offshore sailing and sometimes you'll get totally becalmed. Hot muggy conditions and the water is so flat you can literally shave in the reflection. It's hard not to jump in with conditions like that. Soap up, jump in, swim around the boat a few times, etc. A very famous and accomplished sailor named Bernard Moitessier would (solo) have ...


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IMO swimming is a better all-around exercise for health; it can be tweaked to focus on upper- or lower-body, and is substantially less abusive. That said, for absolute fat loss, it may not be optimal because of the heat loss encountered when in water. (Body: "This environment is costing me heat; I shall retain body fat.") I say do what you enjoy--you're ...


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Running is just one means to the goal of fitness. Personally, I haven't been running in any serious capacity for 22 years since I tore my Achilles tendons (yes, plural, as in both at once). Any activity that keeps your heart rate elevated (~70% HR Max) for 30-45 minutes at a time will do. Keep get in a enough sessions to total 120 minutes a week and your ...


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The rotator cuff group is comprised of four muscles, commonly referred to as SITS. Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, Teres Minor and Subscapularis. Most of these serve to rotate the arm, although the Supraspinatus is responsible for abduction (movement away from the body) of the upper arm. Caveats - All of the exercises listed should be done with light weights ...


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First off, Ryans tip about doing calf raises in my own experience seems to reduce the risk of getting cramps. The easiest way to do these is by going to one of the benches around the pool near a wall and simply step up them with one leg. Repeat this 20x per leg should be a nice start of warming up your calves. Then I highly recommend this post on Swim ...


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Safety first, if you want to learn to swim (as an adult), make sure you try it in a swimming pool where you can easily stand up if things go wrong and have supervision around in case of an emergency. As someone who has learned several children to swim, I'd say its pretty hard to learn it yourself properly. Why? Because you can read the words, but that ...


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Swimming is much more about technique than fitness or body type. I'm a fan of Total Immersion. I used Triathlon Swimming Made Easy to re-learn how to swim in order to swim much better. This system makes you think about what you're doing and gives you fantastic tips on how to do it. The second idea is to join a masters swim club in your area. That will get ...


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Count Yards/Meters, not Laps I suffered from losing count so many times. Then, I started counting yards (or meters). I typically swim in a 25 yard pool so I'll use yards to describe. But if you swim in meters, just substitute - its the same concept. I simply count yards instead of laps. I start in the shallow end and swim towards the deep end and then ...


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Speculating on performance in sports based on physical attributes is always difficult, there are always exceptions to whatever rule you find. My answer to your questions is split into two parts: 1) check that your weight in the the normal range for a non-athlete, this is important given your history. 2) compare your height/weight with other successful female ...


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The classic school of thought is that cardio == 40-60 minute periods at 2/3rds your heart-rate or so, as explained above by Christopher. On the other hand, I've personally (I'm about the same size as you) had much more luck with some HIIT methods, specifically Tabata; the research for it is compelling and I've seen the results on myself as well. Tabata means ...


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I faced the same challenge about 2 1/2 years ago. That is, no swimming background but wanted to try open water swimming. Based on my own trial and error path, I would recommend the following: Learn to swim without a wetsuit first. It is a non trivial task since swimming is a technically demanding sport (contrary to what I thought initially). The big ...


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Swimming is good for people of any size. Your weight loss/gain will be determined by your diet. If you don't want to lose any more weight, eat more! Short answer: Keep swimming! It's a great way to build muscle and endurance. EDIT: I want to elaborate a bit. I usually try to spend the same amount of time writing an answer, as the asker spends writing the ...


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There are four major strokes in swimming: Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly stroke Of these, freestyle is the fastest and most efficient swimming style. In my own experience the butterfly stroke is by far the hardest to maintain for long distances. How you fill in your workout depends on two factors, how well can you swim and how hard do you ...


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A similar question was asked here. That question included data from the 2009 Ironman Triathlon Championship in Kona, Hawaii. As you may know, the race consists of a 2.4-mile open water swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride, and a 26.2-mile marathon. A version of the scatterplot matrix from that question is shown here. The scatterplot matrix above plots the ...


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The answer for this is similar to the one for triathlons, is that you get faster by doing it more. However, the kick is one of the parts of the stroke that if you aren't "getting it", then it's hard to be able to do it properly without someone showing you. I would recommend that you have a swim instructor look at your stroke and make sure that you are doing ...


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Growing up surfing, I'd get water in my nose constantly. When stuffed up I'd splash some up in there and snot rocket all the junk out. Even a "saline nasal spray" is just a fancy way of blowing salt water into your nose. If there's a problem I'd venture to guess it has more to do with whatever badness is in the water (chemicals, pathogens, etc). You can ...


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I have a new enemy and its name is CHEESE Believe it or not, this is some what common. It frustrated me for quite some time before I found the cause. DAIRY. I used to have a cup of greek yogurt every day as well as some quantity of milk and ice cream throughout the week. Every single time I would get in the pool, I would be annoyed with phlegm. Try ...


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There are various reasons for using fins. Don't give up on them as they can be an excellent training tool. As a swim coach, I do not take a 'one-fin-fits-all' approach, especially with training adults. Yes, foot size does matter and if the fin is ill-fitted (too small OR too big) the foot and ankle and foot will have to flex/tense more to use the fin. In ...


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While I couldn't find the publication where the calculation was based on, you managed to find a formula on which its likely based: A mixed model was used to derive the following equation for predicting physical activity energy expenditure (EE): EE = -59.3954 + gender x (-36.3781 + 0.271 x age + 0.394 x weight + 0.404 V[O.sub.2max] + 0.634x ...


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Several factors are involved: Your body warmed up enough --> thus less need for stretching Swimming actually regulates your breathing system, it is like some sort of "heavy" yoga breathing session, specially if you "crawl" or do "Butterfly Stroke" which both require some time below water and thus deep breathing when above water to recuperate. Thus you ...


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With a short pool, you are limited, especially if you have an efficient flip turn. Since you are a beginner, I don't think that is a problem (Not a knock, just a fact. Flip turns take lots of practice to be effective). I would take a pull buoy with you and concentrate on form drills. As a beginner swimmer in a very technique driven sport, this would serve ...


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There are a few low tech methods: Toothpaste (Smear a bit then rinse free, be cautious as some people are sensitive to toothpaste around the eyes) Saliva Anti Fog spray I've had good results with the aquasphere line, but eventually all glasses fog over. I usually just spit on the insides, smear around, then rinse them out and slap them back on. During ...


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I am going to assume that you are coming from a mostly non competitive swimming background. There has to be a baseline of both, but I lean towards the emphasis that you need to be a fitter swimmer before you can really start effectively working on your form. Even if you do 2000 yards/meters in increments of 50 (two lengths or one lap) working strictly on ...


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I found huge improvements from taking on gyming while swimming - specifically muscular strength and endurance. That is, until I overtrained and heavily damaged my back. Be wise and know your limits! How often? I think two to three swim sessions to one gym session is a good ratio. If you're a sprinter, maybe more towards two to one swim sessions to one ...



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