OT Fitness Gurus; Swimming Vs. Running?
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OT Fitness Gurus; Swimming Vs. Running?
Posted by dreww221 on 2/27 at 7:10 am
I recently sustained a knee injury, and can't do any running on it. My question is, how does swimming compare to running or other cardio training for weight loss?


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Posted by unbeWEAVEable on 2/27 at 7:12 am to dreww221
It's awesome.


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Posted by Rickety Cricket on 2/27 at 7:13 am to dreww221
If you really push yourself at it, it's hard to beat. Cardio, core, shoulders, legs. It covers them all.


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Posted by NorthEnd on 2/27 at 7:26 am to Rickety Cricket
Nothing better provided you push hard. Best bet is to join a masters group and try to keep up with their workouts. I go to Crawfish, but there are several groups in town.


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Posted by RocketTigerBallz on 2/27 at 7:39 am to dreww221
I've really been wanting to start swimming for cardio, I've never really gotten into it so I don't know the proper technique. I usually just keep my face under water the whole time and come up for air when I need it. I probably look retarded.


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Posted by DownshiftAndFloorIt on 2/27 at 7:41 am to dreww221
Swimming wears me out a whole lot more than running.


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Posted by Dam Guide on 2/27 at 7:43 am to DownshiftAndFloorIt
When done right, swimming is a much harder workout than running ever can be....


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Posted by floordulee on 2/27 at 7:43 am to dreww221
If you've got a knee injury and aren't already a dedicated swimmer, then you'll likely end up learning bad form in the pool by compensating for your injury. That being said, you will still get a great workout.


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Posted by HerbEaverstinks on 2/27 at 7:44 am to dreww221
I coach swimming and have worked with a lot of very young swimmers. It is important to do the strokes correctly, but they are not hard to learn. You can learn a lot just by going to the indoor facilities where lap swim is going on, plus You Tube has many quality instructional videos. It is a tremendous way to work out, the scenery ain't bad and there is a lot of things to learn to keep you interested, such as the starts, turns, ect. You may want to get some flippers to build the leg strength back up. Definitely do kick board work. All pools let you use those for free.


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Posted by LSUAlum2001 on 2/27 at 7:46 am to dreww221
If you're still rehabbing, take it easy when you're swimming.

My knee felt a little weird when I tried some fast laps in the pool after ACL reconstruction..



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Posted by beaverfever on 2/27 at 7:46 am to Dam Guide
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When done right, swimming is a much harder workout than running ever can be....
I wouldn't necessarily say it's harder cuz I imagine long distance running is an absolute bitch, but I much prefer the look of a swimmer to a runner. A hardcore swimmer usually has the body the chicks like (nice pecs and arms). Runners look scrawny.



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Posted by HerbEaverstinks on 2/27 at 7:53 am to beaverfever
I'd have to say it is correct to say swimming is a harder workout if done correctly. You have to make the turns and do the strokes right and there is always room for improvement in what you are doing strokewise. Try a IM: butterfly, back, breast, free and you'll see if you keep going and do all the turns right (the back is a backhand touch, not the flip turn, ect.) That's much harder than running. Do a backstroke, say a 200, with the flip turns, counting your strokes in from the flag. You have to figure out where you make the blind turn onto your stomach and then do the flip and come back up in stroke on your back ... Stay in the correct breast stroke. Come up and make a full blast freestyle turn ... Do the correct backstroke start. Hell, the free start off the blocks takes a lot of coordination ... Oh, and the breaststroke legal start off the blocks is hard as hell to learn.

And yes, if you are rehabbing, start slow. You may just want to walk in the water to start, depending on the injury. That itself is a tremendous workout.


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Posted by LSU alum wannabe on 2/27 at 7:55 am to HerbEaverstinks
Easier on all joints and much harder cardio if done correctly.


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Posted by TigersRuleTheEarth on 2/27 at 7:58 am to dreww221
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My question is, how does swimming compare to running or other cardio training for weight loss?


I've heard many fintess nuts say that it is the best cardio you can do. It works the entire body.



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Posted by LSUChamp06 on 2/27 at 8:04 am to TigersRuleTheEarth
The swimming part of an Iron Man is 2.4 miles and the running part is 26 miles.

Any more questions?



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Posted by FootballNostradamus on 2/27 at 8:05 am to LSUChamp06
Swimming >>>>>>>>> almost any other workout

Swimming >>>>>>xInfinity>>>>>> running



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Posted by NorthEnd on 2/27 at 8:21 am to FootballNostradamus
I've done an Ironman--it's much much harder to run 26.2 than it is to swim 2.4. It's not even close. However, a 1 hour swim workout should burn very similar calories to a one hour run, and it's a total body workout with lower impact. The trick is to make yourself push hard, and I'm not able to push myself in the pool unless I'm with a group that's making me keep up the pace.


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Posted by FootballNostradamus on 2/27 at 8:36 am to NorthEnd
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I've done an Ironman--it's much much harder to run 26.2 than it is to swim 2.4. It's not even close.


This is your opinion, but most would disagree with this statement entirely.

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However, a 1 hour swim workout should burn very similar calories to a one hour run.


Lol, no offense but this is one of the most incorrect statements of all-time. Swimming burns exponentially more calories per minute than running. Exercising in a primarily anaerobic environment is significantly more beneficial to your respiratory system. Factor in the fact that swimming also incorporates a resistance and strength training aspect into the workout, and it's substantially more beneficial than running.



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Posted by Homey the Clown on 2/27 at 8:38 am to dreww221
A few years ago, a buddy of mine came home from the marines. We started working out together, and at that time I was running about 4 miles (@9min/mile) four times a week. He made me go swim laps with him a few times and that was way harder than running four miles. My entire body was worn the frick out.


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Posted by Homey the Clown on 2/27 at 8:39 am to LSUChamp06
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The swimming part of an Iron Man is 2.4 miles and the running part is 26 miles.


This about sums it up.



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