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Old 01-30-2013, 08:41 AM   #1
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Swimming?

So my knee issues are back, doc sending me for MRI and Xray, no squats, no weights with legs, no running. Basically no pressure on my knee

So I cannot sit at home and just work and not work out. Gym, forget it as cardio will be annoying. Went to my friends boxing gym, schedule won't work for me. So I thought maybe I can go lane swimming, there's a place near my home and dirt cheap.

Now I know how to swim and if i remember doing 3-4 laps i'm breathing heavy, so what type of swimming should I do and what type of workout should I do? Just swim till I can't? Do few laps, break, few laps, break?

I don't have a bar that is set in front of me so no idea what to aim for?
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:35 PM   #2
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I'm a college swimmer but not a trainer haha. I'd say don't just swim really easy, but do interval training. Don't push it really hard since you are recovering, but don't just be lazy. Just my opinion
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I'm a college swimmer but not a trainer haha. I'd say don't just swim really easy, but do interval training. Don't push it really hard since you are recovering, but don't just be lazy. Just my opinion
Agreed. I wish I could swim regularly.
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:07 PM   #4
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Agreed. I wish I could swim regularly.
I'm so tired of it lol. 2 more weeks and then i'm done until next year!




OP my un professional advice would be to do 50 yards hard and then walk or kinda float 25, then 50 fast, then 25 walk/float etc....

and at the end always do a 200 easy warm down

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Old 02-05-2013, 08:16 PM   #5
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So I swam 20 lengths of 25m in under 26 minutes. Small breaks here and there. Wow. Arms no power and legs tired too. Gonna push more on Thursday.
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:34 PM   #6
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Congratulations man! Thats not a bad start. When I was 90% sure I was enlisting in the Coast Guard I wanted to do the rescue swimmer program, I swam all the time. Its the type of workout that someone who says they're in good cardio shape from running etc/ will hop in the pool and be gassed after 3 laps. You have to build up your water confidence and endurance and it seems like you're doing well so far.
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Thanks man. Any tips for front crawl in regards to breathing? And man my butterfly stroke sucks. Any tips
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Congratulations man! Thats not a bad start. When I was 90% sure I was enlisting in the Coast Guard I wanted to do the rescue swimmer program, I swam all the time. Its the type of workout that someone who says they're in good cardio shape from running etc/ will hop in the pool and be gassed after 3 laps. You have to build up your water confidence and endurance and it seems like you're doing well so far.
I don't think running is the same as swimming at all. I would go straight from soccer season into swim season and the cardio part of swimming felt way different than what I had gotten in shape for by running.
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I don't think running is the same as swimming at all. I would go straight from soccer season into swim season and the cardio part of swimming felt way different than what I had gotten in shape for by running.
Thats what I said! I was saying guys who are good runners hop in the pool and get completely gassed. Swimming is a whole new animal of cardio.
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Thanks man. Any tips for front crawl in regards to breathing? And man my butterfly stroke sucks. Any tips
Front crawl / freestyle: Breathing is all relative to how you feel cardio wise. The generally accepted manner is to take a breath after every 3rd stroke. Meaning you alternate breathing on your left and right sides. When I was in good shape and did the 500, I would start by breathing every 5 strokes so I could keep streamline just a little longer, but as I got tired I'd go down to 3. You can do drills too! One lap at 7 strokes, then 5, then 3, then back up etc.

Butterfly: Its just a hard stroke to do man. I was never very good at it, only raced it a couple of times. I used to just keep my heels together as tight as possible and really use my calfs/ hamstrings to really force water away from me as you kick like a dolphin. Just make sure to get those arms up nice and high above your head too. The more water you move, the quicker it will be over. When you get tired people tend to lower the angle at which their hands come out of the water, and that just slows you down. Do your best man, its an exhausting stroke.
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I like the advice thank you, as for the butterfly, what's the proper sequence. Legs first, then pull up?

Boy do I feel stupid, I meant the breast stroke, just watched a vid on butterfly, **** that
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:15 PM   #12
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900m tonight. In 50 minutes. Cramped my foot. Took a while to settle down. Loving it. My breathing is getting better. I feel like sneaking in a snorkel and just swim and focus on my workout
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I'm doing 1000m meters now each time I go, I feel like I don't kick enough in front crawl. Breathing every 2 strokes. I get water in my ears so gonna look into some ear plugs.
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