swimming as opposed to running?

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  1. Perfect Speed

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    I've been out of the gym for like a year now and I have way more spare pounds than I want. So I joined a local gym that includes pool membership with an Olympic sized pool for an extra 10 bucks a month. I like swimming much better than running and need to reduce fat more than build muscle. (I'm 6'1 240 lbs currently) so I wanted to know what advantages swimming has over running? What drawbacks are there?
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    Swimming is lower impact and will give you good breathing control. It also will help tone your upper body if you really push yourself daily.

    edit: I can swim all day long and not get tired, you've got to push yourself if you want to get results.

    edit edit: Make sure if you're trying to lose weight you watch your diet closely, most people fail at the diet and can't understand why they don't get results.

    edit 3: Lift Weights.
     
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    xela So say we all!

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    I would consider doing both. Swimming is great cardio, but you'll also see a lot of swimmers with fat asses!
     
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    y1997 Made in the U.S.S.R.

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    Swimming is boring as fuck. Unless you are swimming the butterfly, then it's just excruciating.
     
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    That actually surprises me. However I could do both, I like the idea of the better full body workout too.

    Also to whoever said it, I plan on lifting too, always planned on that. Just was finding out about doing swimming instead of running/biking.
     
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    Mix swimming in from time to time. But stick to other forms of cardio. They will be more effective and you wont reek of chlorine 24/7.
     
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    xela So say we all!

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    Well, true... :o
     
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    Trust me, Ive swam competatively for 3 years and I cant stand doing laps anymore. Whenever I do swim I just do sprints instead. I guess you could theoreticaly do HIIT in the pool. Give it a shot.
     
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    That actually surprises me. However I could do both, I like the idea of the better full body workout too.

    Also to whoever said it, I plan on lifting too, always planned on that. Just was finding out about doing swimming instead of running/biking.
     
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    like someone said before, swimming is a full body workout and it's better for your joints, running is more of a hard impact workout
     
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    swimming is better, works your whole body but running is more convenient
     
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    i swim and bike, fuk the run.
     
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    The way MOST people swim they will burn calories less efficiently than running.
     
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    I need a bike.
     
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    very true, so make sure you know how to swim properly!
     
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    so ... what is the proper way to swim?
     
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    that made me fucking bust up outloud
     
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    I'm not sure if he was being sarcastic or not, but I was talking about the pace. Most people swim at such a slow pace that they dont get their heart rate elevated enough for it to be an effective way to burn fat.
     
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    I was being serious... I taught myself to swim, and never really put too much thought into it. so it's primarily the pace and not the stroke or technique?
     
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    Stroke and technique are important when you are desprately trying to shave time off during competition. If you are doing cardio then it's not nearly as important as keeping a good pace instead of casually swimming from wall to wall and taking 5 minute breaks in between.
     
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    yea your technique is key when swimming, i see some people doing a freestyle stroke and it looks like they are dying fish, technique will help you go faster which will get you a good cardio workout.
     
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    Most people just use their arms like paddles whenever they are swimming. They key to good swimming, which will workout your entire upper body, is technique.

    Either get someone who has swam competitively for some time (5+ years) or hire an instructor for a few sessions. It will seriously help you quite a bit, your speed will go up, and your distances will increase greatly. Also, improper technique can be really bad for your joints, namely the shoulders.
     
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    You dont need a fucking instuctor to learn how to swim properly unless you are 5 years old. Just swim. There is no need to make something simple so complicated. People always overcomplicate weightlifting as well.

    Take a breath, pull, kick, exhale, repeat. Thats all.
     
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    true its not that complicated, if you think your technique is good then go right along with it, but to answer your quetion, swimming is a total body workout and you get a good cardio workout, i would rate running as a close second, and with running i would shoot for distance not speed.
     
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