Questions tagged [swimming]

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 do I properly breathe while swimming freestyle?

While using the freestyle technique of swimming, what is the proper way to breathe? Is using the nose to breathe out while under better or is there any difference? Is there a specific number of '...
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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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Is it okay to swim in the middle of a lake?

So I live in Wisconsin, and I take my motor boat out on Lake Michigan every week or so during this Summer, usually about 30 or 40 miles out. I am literally the only one out there. It's water as far as ...
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Lots of phlegm while doing cardio workouts

EDIT: 12/2019 Since this question still occasionally gets hits: In the years since I asked this question I found out that I have sleep apnea. I also learned about the effects of mouth breathing ...
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What swimming technique is more effective for a cardio workout?

There are multiple technique out there, with the two I mainly use being breastroke and freestyle. Is there a difference between the two as far as their effectiveness in a cardio workout? Is there a ...
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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 ...
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Is it possible to learn to swimming without trainer, alone?

I learn to swim and I have a common swimming pool in my apartment. But we don't have any trainer and I can't afford personal trainer. I don't know swimming but want to learn. Can i learn without any ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Is it possible to become relatively fit without going for runs?

My stats: Navel Waste 25" Height 5'9" BMI 24.8 Body fat: 19% 167.5 pounds.(from an online calculator) This is from a body weight of 147 pounds 2 years ago, and a Navel waste of about 33". I have just ...
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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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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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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 20*...
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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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Is swimming a good exercise for skinny people

I am underweight according to my BMI. I am male, my height is 183cm and I weigh 60 kg. I started to swim regularly in the last month. Mostly I will be doing free style. Will this routine reduce my ...
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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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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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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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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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How to train for triathlons during business travel

I'm a quite avid triathlete. I do work with a coach and typically peak my training weeks at around 16 hours. At one time, not too long ago, I was a traveling consultant. At times I would be on the ...
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What effect does restricted oxygen in cardio have on muscle damage & repair?

As we all know, cardio and strength training have completely different effects on your muscles, and your body's response to them. Strength training trains the body to make those big anaerobic muscle ...
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Are there any disadvantages, besides discomfort, to letting water enter your nose?

A few days ago, I suddenly overcame my fear of getting water up my nose while in the swimming pool, and ever since then, I've been dog-paddling, diving underwater, and splashing around without a care ...
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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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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 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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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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Breathless after 50m front crawl [duplicate]

I just started learning to swim a few months back. From barely being able to float for a few seconds, I am now able to swim along an entire length (25m). However there are two caveats: 1) I almost ...
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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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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 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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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 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 do I overcome fear of open water swimming?

I consider myself a very good swimmer; I know how to swim well. My strength is in swimming pool swimming. Recently, I have been open water swimming in the ocean. I always swim right to the edge of the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to handle bathing suit and towel for high school PE?

My 9th grader has swimming every other day and loves it -- but the bathing suit and towel are a constant problem, getting forgotten, growing mold in a plastic bag in the knapsack, etc. What's a good ...
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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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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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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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I can swim a lot of breaststroke, but not freestyle. Why?

I can swim a mile (66 lengths, 1650y) of breasstroke in about 40 minutes - 45 mins. But I cant swim more than 3 or 4 laps of freestyle. They use the same muscles. Why is this?
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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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What factors affect underwater swimming endurance and how to improve it?

I have a good 45 minute cardiovascular workout just before swimming. Although I’ve got my breath back when I go in I imagine my body is still depleted in some way? What factors affect my (or anyone’s)...
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How to improve free stroke swimming skill

At this moment, I am able to swimming 3KM by breathstroke without taking rest. But each time I swim with free-stroke, I can hardly complete a 50M session, and my legs become soar and fatigue, ...