Im really confused.
I have always read for gread cardio, you should do Interval training, rather than steady state...is this true?
Therefore why is swimming seen as a great way to lose fat, when if i ever go swimming i could never interval train the way I could on a bike or cross-trainer etc
12-07-2010, 07:13 PM #1
Why is swimming great for fat loss?
12-08-2010, 07:36 AM #2
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Swimming is often touted as one of the best forms of exercise for weight loss. And when you think about it, it seems to make sense.
After all, swimming uses almost all of your major muscle groups. It places a vigorous demand on your heart and lungs. When you swim breaststroke or backstroke, you're burning about the same number of calories as a fast walk or a slow jog. However, swimming does have a reputation for being less effective than other forms of exercise when it comes to losing weight.
12-08-2010, 07:22 PM #3
12-08-2010, 08:30 PM #4
Swimming also has the whole "not drowning" thing as additional motivation to really keep you working.
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I suppose having your whole body in an environment that rapidly drains heat out of your body would tend to force increased caloric expenditure (that is, unless your body likes to freeze and die). Moving through water is also hard work in and of itself, and being in water has some interesting cardiovascular effects, such as increased max heart rate potential (at least so I was taught back in the day of learning to instruct aqua aerobics) and improved venus return. What impact these effects have on performance/work load/calorie consumption, I'm not sure. But at the very minimum, I think the cold environment rapidly draining heat from your body (as mentioned earlier) would be enough to enhance the fat-burning potential of swimming.SQ 172.5kg. BP 105kg. DL 200kg. OHP 62.5kg @ 67.3kg
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12-20-2010, 02:00 AM #10
Swimming is a really great way to lose fat BUT if you are trying to get really low percentage of body fat, than swimming is not appropriate for this purpose because there is a thermal way with which the water affects your body and make the last amount of fat really hard to get rid of. So if your looking for good shape - swimming is great way to do it but if you want to get very ripped, you should avoid swimming at the final stage of your weight loss program.http://bodybuildingpower.blogspot.com - you can ask me for everything that you want to know about bodybuilding, nutrition and training plans and supplement use!
12-22-2010, 12:41 AM #11
A Weak Swimmer: Swimming is great for fat loss becuase the weaker the swimmer you are the more resistance you will have to fight in the water.
A Strong Swimmer: Swimming for a strong swimmer is not good for fat lose/exercise because you know how to be streamlined in the water to get the best laps, time, distance , etc.
Bottom Line: The weaker the swimer the more they will benefit using swimming as an exercise. The stronger you are the longer you have to swim to burn the same caolories as a weaker swimer. The better you become the longer you will have to swim.
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01-06-2011, 11:57 AM #18
I like to think Im a decent swimmer, and while interval training in the pool is certainly taxing and a killer workout, it can never approach interval training in running or, say, rowing.
The goal of interval training is intense periods of increased heart rates and all of the effects that follow. Doing this in the pool is relatively safe. I'd imagine it could be limiting to someone who doesnt have a lot of hypoxic training because with the higher heart comes the higher need of air and if you're breathing technique sucks its not so good...so forgive the long winded reply, I'd suggest sticking with the cycle for fat loss oriented interval workouts.
09-22-2015, 09:50 AM #19
Since swimming is not a load-bearing exercise it's not the best for losing weight. Plus, it's too easy to swim at a leisurely pace which does squat for you. I swim daily & love it for lots of reasons but diet is still way, way, way more important to losing weight/fat (and a tummy tuck helped too...).
10-03-2015, 03:16 PM #20
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