Swimming for Aerobic Exercise to compliment resistance training?

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  1. dmora

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    ... VS running?

    Ive got a route that i walk/jog and at the end theres a city lap pool, but i never go in. I was thinking now since its 100 degrees outside a swim for 30 would be good to compliment the time i spend in the gym?

    yay or nay?
     
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    it has worked very well for toeshoes
     
  3. dmora

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    who?

    I was going to put swimming on my off gym days. Or is that techincally not down time?
     
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    It'll be great, just expect to be pretty sore :)
    Depends on how hard you're already training. If you're worried perhaps about doing too much after your walk/jog, just replace it with a swim every now and then. I used to be on a swim team and I've seen it have a lot of positive effects for a lot of people, not only in stamina, but in flexibility too.
     
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    i used to be a lifeguard and swam often. Id like to replace running all together with it.
     
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    cardio is cardio


    amiright?
     
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    I'd like to do more swimming... I run every day, but I wouldn't mind adding a short swim workout at some points during the week, 2000 yards or so a workout.
     
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    I usually swim for about 20-30 minutes before i lift, do it about 2-3 times a week.

    It's a good workout and you actually get to stay cool and comfortable, plus there are some girls at the pool to keep things interesting
     
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    If you do that, just make sure you're swimming and not goofing off in the pool.
     
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    Yeah, and if you are gonna lift, make sure you're lifting and not goofing off in the gym
     
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    Though elite swimmers tend to have more bodyfat than equivalent landsport athletes due to water temp and so on.
     
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    it's true. i love swimming, but not swimming laps. i use to try and convince myself that swimming would be good cardio replacement for me but it's not because everytime i go to the pool (at my apartment, not a lap pool) i just wade around, talk to girls, and do whatever it is you do at a pool besides swimming laps. swimming is only good cardio if you're swimming laps.
     
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    here is my swimming cardio routine, which i try to do 7 days of the week, but i always get lazy one day so end up getting my one day or rest:

    if I lifted that day:
    500yards warm up nonstop
    4 50's on the 45 second
    wait till clock goes around fully
    4 more 50's on the 45 second
    2 100 cooldowns
    total = 1100 yards

    If i didn't lift that day:
    1000 yards continuous
    (same intervals and cooldown)
    total 1600 yards
     
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    Question to Charles Poliquin:

    Q: Is it true that bodybuilders should never swim because it makes their muscles soft and ruins definition by adding an extra layer of fat underneath the skin?

    A: I wouldn't agree that extensive swimming makes your muscles soft, but it sure gives you a soft look. Have you ever seen a really cut swimmer? Not even at the Olympics. I've seen lots of skinny one, but they're never really lean in the way gymnasts or track sprinters are. Why? One of the mechanisms of subcutaneous fat found in swimmers is the fact that the body loses heat six times faster in water than in the air. Because the body is trying to preserve heat, swimming may in fact be a catalyst for increasing the fat deposit between the skin and the muscles. So big-time swimmers tend to have a high sum of skinfolds. Its a physiological adaptation by the adipose tissue to enhance thermoregulation.
     
  16. dmora

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    Would you say burning a beer gut is best served by running then instead of swimming or is it not an issue at the start. IN conjunction with resistance training and diet.
     
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    Would 30 min of swimming/ day be considered extensive though? I don't think so...
     
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    30 minutes is just a good warm up for a competitive swimmer. They swim 2x a day most days of the week.
     
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    hmmmm interesting... this may call for a rethinking of my cardio plan. ill look more closely into it.
     
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    Would this apply to the average joe who swims for about 1 hour per week?

    If you are a really concerned about it i guess you could swim in a wetsuit to keep your body heat in.....:wiggle:
     
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    hopefully the fact that i am living in tucson and its 110 degrees out will keep me from losing too much body heat.
     
  22. broccoli

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    That statement has to be akin to girls that say they won't lift because they don't want to be broly. You probably spend more time in the shower per week.
     
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    so if it's the temperature of the water that is bad does that mean i'll lose bodyfat just sitting in a hot tub? cause i'm in the hot tub almost every day! :)
     
  24. dmora

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    true, i would prefer appearance of a swimmer body vs a broly.
     
  25. toeshoes

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    :nono:
     
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