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Old October 29th, 2004, 08:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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well, i've decided to join my high school's swim team, but, i decided about 4 weeks after open pool started so i'm a little behind. i'm going to be swimming every day for as long as i can, and also lifting for this. i'd just like to ask which muscle groups are most important, so i can focus only on them.
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Old October 29th, 2004, 08:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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ok, im a swimmer, but i haven't swam in about a year. I will be starting up next monday and i will train for a year and then join the high school swim team. I'm a freshman now, and im really outtta shape. I used to know what muscle groups, but i can't remeber now. I had kinda quit for golf, but now im going back at it. I could specifically be able to find out which ones when i call my friend, but he isn't home now. My best advice: there is probably a swim team for kids 6-14 in your area. I am sure the coaches would be happy to let u pratice with the other kids. They may even give you your own lane. The coaches are probably college swimmers, or were at one time, so they will now what kinda muscles to work. If you don't wanna practice another hour every day, just call up the coach and ask. Good luck swimming, it is one of the best sports out there. and you can still swim when you are 90 years old, versus playing football only being ale to play when you are around 22. I hop i helped, porbably didnt tho lol.

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Old October 29th, 2004, 09:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You're gonna want to work your legs, but not so much to bulk up, just increase strength a bit, and definitely increase endurance, and you're gonna want to work your lats and traps. Just don't forget about the other muscle groups, even though they are less important they are still important. My best advice would be to work all muscle groups with extra concentrations on your shoulders and legs.
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yea get cut muscles in legs abd chest and arms also endurance owouldnt hurt
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yea get cut muscles in legs abd chest and arms also endurance owouldnt hurt
Please don't offer advice if you don't know what you're talking about. 'Cut muscles' are a result of low % body fat, not a specific type of resistance training, and you don't need to work your chest as a swimmer, its all about the back and shoulders. Please disregard the above post.
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Old October 29th, 2004, 10:45 PM   #6 (permalink)
 
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cardios gonna be best with more blood flow you have more energy and endurance
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Old October 29th, 2004, 10:51 PM   #7 (permalink)
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cardios gonna be best with more blood flow you have more energy and endurance
He said he was going to be swimming as much as he can (swimming is generally thought of as a cardiovascular exercise, though it doesn't need to be), so that should take care of him increasing his VO2 max. Cross training is beneficial, but there will be diminishing returns in terms of net increases to his VO2 max while swimming as a result of increased VO2 max while running. I think he is more interested in getting advice about what resistance training exercises he can do. Correct me if I'm wrong outlan(d)er.

Also, I'd like to correct a misconception, cardiovascular training does increase blood flow to a certain extent after extensive training, as a result of increased size and number of blood vessels, but mainly it increases your blood's ability to transport oxygen, and your muscle's ability to use the oxygen it receives more efficiently.
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Old October 30th, 2004, 12:32 PM   #8 (permalink)
 
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angered fists is right on all this, umm I swam 4 years in high school and some in college. as afar as pre season training I was in the pool at 5 am till 7 am then school then pool again 3pm to 5pm and as far as the gym I worked Lats, legs, and core.... Don't worry about getting cut or anything like a six pack cause swimming is more than that. Besides the above said I just wanted to offer a good luck and that It's good to see some other swimmers on here.
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