Discussion in 'Fitness & Nutrition' started by Naturally Baked, Jun 30, 2009.
How many laps in an olympic sized lane is sufficient to get a decent work out?
forget laps, think time in the pool.
hmm, how do you mean? And what should I aim for?
before I moved to SF I used to swim three days a week. Swim for about 30-40 minutes. I used to be a swimmer until JR year of high school. I swam about 4 laps in under a minute and would rest for a minute.
Yeah, I swam for the first time in probably 7 or 8 years and could barely breathe after 10 laps, thought I was gonna have a heart attack
hmm, reps are a good idea...didn't think about doing that...4 laps quick then rest, repeat 4-5 times
Probably depends on you and where you're currently at in terms of development and conditioning.
I can't hold my breath underwater without holding my nose, so a friend of mine gave me a floatie to hold onto and I did laps with different leg movements (paddle, frog, etc), then I switched it up to put the floatie under my legs and did different arm movements (breastroke, butterfly, etc.). Did this for an hour 5 times a week and lost a ton of weight. I was even eating like shit at the time. I went in early when no one was there, so I didn't have to worry about looking like a tard in front of the serious people doing laps.
props for doing that though
I really ought to start swimming again. Shit's great cardio.
I'm gonna start swimming laps this week since I can't lift yet, starting today... let's see how it goes
Yeah this is my biggest problem too. Seems like people that learned to swim laps at an early age are at a severe advantage.
Swimming is great in reasonable amounts. Competative swimming, where you spend 3-5 hours in the pull/day is horrible for your shoulders and posture.
I would say to get a decent workout 500m/yards is a minimum. That's 20 laps.
left shoulder clicks when I do a full rotation from years of fly as a kid , still my favorite cardio workout though
Also if people are serious about getting into swimming and are having problems you should check out Total Immersion - pretty much the complete breakdown on swimming - Stroke length > stroke rate
I'm fuckin' sold on swimming
Yeah I've been doing swimming lately as it's easy on the knees. True, it can wear on the shoulders, especially depending on the stroke. As far as distance/number of laps, I think I did like 1500 yards worth of laps and drills in like 45 mins. And I'm not in good shape by any means.
My mom did a 32 minute mile this morning in the pool. I'd die.
A lot of people use a snorkel for this reason, you dont need to do the side to side movement.
I've been sold on it for a minute but I refuse to swim at the pools of any gyms around here... hella old people and kids-- so gross.
If I had a pool myself however I'd be in that shit every day.
I've swam the motor city mile charity race a few years back and its a bitch (1 mile in the Detroit river, up current). You get confused on where youre going between the bouies too.
doesn't the amount of chlorine they put in the water rape and destroy any bacteria floating around in the pool?
I can dig that but that's surprising there's a lot of kids in there... considering it's summer. I've been going the past week and I just see old people and the swim team.
I used to swim a shitton as a kid....recently i started hitting the pool at my gym and i almost died... 6 laps absolutely destroyed me
it was much easier as a kid
You breathe out when your face is in the water and inhale when you bring your face out. You don't lift your head it messes up your line in the water. Keep you body straight and roll to the side to breathe. Go slow until you get the breathing down right, don't make it a race or you'll blow your load too early and counteract the cardio benefits. Hope that helps.