Swimming http://breakingmuscle.com/taxonomy/term/2162/all en Top 6 Reasons You Should Join a Swim Club http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/top-6-reasons-you-should-join-a-swim-club <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/swimming/top-6-reasons-you-should-join-a-swim-club" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201406/lcnationals2013-1.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Ask any Olympic swimmer what his or her swimming secret is and 99% of the time you will get the same answer. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">Most triathletes want to know the secret of how natural swimmers can just, well, swim! Ask any masters or Olympic swimmer what his or her swimming secret is and 99% of the time you will get the same answer: he or she <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/12-reps/12-reps-with-hannah-caldas-swimmer-and-scientist" target="_blank">joined a swim club or team at a young age</a> and/or belong to a swim program currently.<strong> So, below are the top six reasons why you should join a swim club:</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/top-6-reasons-you-should-join-a-swim-club" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle coaching group exercise swimming swimming technique Swimming Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Chet Morjaria 20726 at http://breakingmuscle.com A Beginner’s Guide to Structuring Your Swim Workout http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/a-beginner-s-guide-to-structuring-your-swim-workout <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/swimming/a-beginner-s-guide-to-structuring-your-swim-workout" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201406/shutterstock197730977copy.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">When you head to the pool for a swim workout, do you ever wonder what you should be doing? </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>When you head to the pool for a swim workout, do you ever wonder what you should be doing?</strong> Many athletes tend to think they only need to jump in the pool, swim a certain distance, do some speed work, and then hurry on with the rest of their day.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/a-beginner-s-guide-to-structuring-your-swim-workout" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle endurance training swimming triathlon Swimming Thu, 12 Jun 2014 19:00:00 +0000 Becca Borawski 20066 at http://breakingmuscle.com 9 Insights on Swimming and CrossFit by Hannah Caldas http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/9-insights-on-swimming-and-crossfit-by-hannah-caldas <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/swimming/9-insights-on-swimming-and-crossfit-by-hannah-caldas" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20131011/hannah.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Hannah Caldas is an international level swimmer with an impressive array of accolades, as well as being a competitive CrossFitter. Here are nine of Hannah's articles using her combined experience. </div></div></div><p><strong><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/coaches/hannah-caldas" target="_blank">Hannah Caldas</a> is an international level swimmer with an impressive array of accolades.</strong> She has claimed <a href="http://www.fina.org/" target="_blank">FINA</a> masters world records in three different relays, and in 2011 was ranked by FINA as the fastest masters female swimmer in the world over the age of thirty in the 50m and 100m Freestyle.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/9-insights-on-swimming-and-crossfit-by-hannah-caldas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle crohn's disease open water swimming swimming Swimming Tue, 19 Nov 2013 21:00:00 +0000 Chet Morjaria 6333 at http://breakingmuscle.com Dangers of Open Water Swimming: Sun and Salt http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/dangers-of-open-water-swimming-sun-and-salt <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/swimming/dangers-of-open-water-swimming-sun-and-salt" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20130117/shutterstock49858054.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">The sun and the salt are staples of open water swimming, but they both also present dangers. Luckily these dangers are both easily prevented and treated. Read on to save yourself some discomfort. </div></div></div><p>Life wouldn&rsquo;t exist without the sun, yet the sun presents a major challenge and a potential danger to<a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/endurance-sports/pool-ocean-personal-account-my-brief-open-water-swim-career" target="_blank"> open water swimmers</a>, or anyone swimming outdoors. Sun damage comes in the form of over-exposure and sun blindness. Long periods of swimming combined with salt can also provoke the condition of chafing, which is never fun. <strong>Luckily these conditions can be simply remedied and more easily prevented in the first place.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/dangers-of-open-water-swimming-sun-and-salt" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle chafing goggles open water swimming swimming Swimming Thu, 17 Jan 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Becca Borawski 3477 at http://breakingmuscle.com Dangers of Open Water Swimming: Hypothermia and Hyperthermia http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/dangers-of-open-water-swimming-hypothermia-and-hyperthermia <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/swimming/dangers-of-open-water-swimming-hypothermia-and-hyperthermia" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20130102/shutterstock84348940.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">If you practice open water swimming, you should know the dangers involved. This includes the occurrence of hypothermia or hyperthermia. Learn how to recognize and treat these deadly situations. </div></div></div><p><strong>Open water swimming presents a myriad of variables that pool swimmers usually don&rsquo;t need to deal with. </strong>From living creatures, visibility, sun exposure, chaffing, feeding, currents, and waves, the list goes on. But there is one variable that received a lot of attention in the last few years and called for a specific committee to establish regulations to ensure the safety of open water swimmers. I am talking about water temperature.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/dangers-of-open-water-swimming-hypothermia-and-hyperthermia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle open water swimming swimming Swimming Thu, 03 Jan 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Becca Borawski 3331 at http://breakingmuscle.com Swimming with Cystic Fibrosis http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/swimming-with-cystic-fibrosis <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/swimming/swimming-with-cystic-fibrosis" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20121227/triplebypass.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Being 29 and having cystic fibrosis is a feat in and of itself, but Jamina Winston is also a swimmer. Living with CF, diabetes, and hospitalization doesn't stop her from doing what she loves. </div></div></div><p><strong>Sometimes you come across people who just make you say &ldquo;wow.&rdquo;</strong> Meeting Jamina Winston was one of those for me. Growing up swimming with asthma, I always appreciated lung capacity and breathing to a degree the general population took for granted. I never met anyone else with that appreciation. That is, until I met Jamina, whose inspirational story I want to share with the world today.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/swimming-with-cystic-fibrosis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> asthma breakingmuscle cystic fibrosis swimming Swimming Thu, 27 Dec 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Becca Borawski 3290 at http://breakingmuscle.com An Inside Look at a Swimmer's Gear Bag http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/an-inside-look-at-a-swimmers-gear-bag <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/swimming/an-inside-look-at-a-swimmers-gear-bag" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20121218/56094749603540844281226645593n.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">People ask me frequently what's in my mysterious mesh bag - the one full of my swim gear. Today I'm going to open it up for you and let you know what gear I use on a daily basis. </div></div></div><p>I always took my swimming gear bag for granted. It became part of my &ldquo;uniform&rdquo; growing up swimming and I never had to think twice about what was in it. I grew up among swimmers, so I was never asked about the mesh bag filled with bits and pieces I towed around with me.</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/an-inside-look-at-a-swimmers-gear-bag" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle goggles paddles swimming Swimming Thu, 20 Dec 2012 17:00:00 +0000 Becca Borawski 3227 at http://breakingmuscle.com Swimming Sprints Does Not Translate http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/swimming-sprints-does-not-translate <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/swimming/swimming-sprints-does-not-translate" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20121207/shutterstock109793162.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Swimming is unique compared to other cardio sports like running and cycling. Researchers looked at how sprints impacted swimmers and their performance times, compared to other sports. </div></div></div><p><strong>People often ask the question of which form of cardio is the best for performance in their sport or for health.</strong> The answer is pretty simple, the best one is the one you find to be the most fun, because that&rsquo;s the one you&rsquo;ll get up and go do even when you aren&rsquo;t motivated to exercise. You also need to consider which you may want to compete in, or if one is similar to your sport. For example, running may be a more important cardio option for a soccer player, since running itself is a big part of a soccer game.</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/swimming-sprints-does-not-translate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle swimming Swimming Fri, 14 Dec 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Becca Borawski 3124 at http://breakingmuscle.com Swimming with Fins: Training Aid or Cheating Aid? http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/swimming-with-fins-training-aid-or-cheating-aid <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/swimming/swimming-with-fins-training-aid-or-cheating-aid" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20121128/fit-fins-lezak-usage-120-lr.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Maybe you've seen people at the pool swimming with fins and thought they were cheating. Maybe they are! But fins come in all types and can be great training aids. Let's look through the models. </div></div></div><p><img alt="finis, swimming fins, zoomers gold, z2 gold zoomer, monofin, zoomers fit" class="imagecache-full_width" src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/20121128/zoomers-lara-usage-24-lr.jpg" style="height: 425px; margin: 5px 10px; float: right;" /><strong>If you have showed up to a masters swim practice you have probably noticed swimmers, or full lanes of swimmers, who will not put down their fins for anything in the world. </strong>They will wear them during the warm up, pre-set, main set, and cooldown.</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/swimming-with-fins-training-aid-or-cheating-aid" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle swimming swimming equipment swimming technique Swimming Thu, 29 Nov 2012 14:00:00 +0000 Becca Borawski 3034 at http://breakingmuscle.com Swimming Goggles: Why You Need Them, How to Shop For Them http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/swimming-goggles-why-you-need-them-how-to-shop-for-them <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/swimming/swimming-goggles-why-you-need-them-how-to-shop-for-them" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20121120/shutterstock103103078.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">For a lot of beginners picking out the right pair of goggles can be daunting - which model, which features, and how to fit them all seems confusing. Here are my tips for finding the perfect pair. </div></div></div><p>If you are a seasoned swimmer, then this article is probably not for you. <strong>But if you are a beginner or even an aspiring swimmer, this might provide you insight on how to make your swims a wee bit more comfortable.</strong> I am talking about goggles.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/swimming-goggles-why-you-need-them-how-to-shop-for-them" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle equipment goggles swimming Swimming Thu, 22 Nov 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Becca Borawski 2975 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Swim Start: How to Create Explosiveness Off the Blocks http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/the-swim-start-how-to-create-explosiveness-off-the-blocks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/swimming/the-swim-start-how-to-create-explosiveness-off-the-blocks" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20121114/dive2.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Getting a good start can make all the difference, especially in swimming where you have to break into the water, and especially in a sprint. Here are exercises you can do to improve your start. </div></div></div><p><strong>In any timed event the start is a critical component to the perfect race.</strong> This is especially true if we consider the start in any sprint event. A slow, or otherwise poor start can cost the win for an athlete. While in sports such as track and field a slow start doesn&rsquo;t necessarily affect how you recover as you continue to race, in swimming there is a dramatic change in element from air to water, and in a sprint event the start can make or break the outcome of the race.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/the-swim-start-how-to-create-explosiveness-off-the-blocks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle swimming swimming blocks swimming technique Swimming Thu, 15 Nov 2012 17:00:00 +0000 Becca Borawski 2914 at http://breakingmuscle.com Rehab Your Back Injury With Swimming, Not Surgery http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/rehab-your-back-injury-with-swimming-not-surgery <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/swimming/rehab-your-back-injury-with-swimming-not-surgery" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20121107/hannah1028s.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">When I was faced with back surgery, I used swimming instead to rehabilitate myself. I made a full recovery and research shows swimming is a great tool for back/spine injury rehab. </div></div></div><p><img alt="swimming for injury rehab, rehab back with swimming, swimming back rehab" class="imagecache-full_width" src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/20121107/hannah1a073s.jpg" style="height: 267px; width: 401px; margin: 5px 10px; float: right;" />As a swimmer I am biased when I say there is very little for which swimming isn&rsquo;t beneficial. But even thinking objectively it is a fairly accurate statement.</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/rehab-your-back-injury-with-swimming-not-surgery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> back injury back pain breakingmuscle rehabilitation swimming Swimming Thu, 08 Nov 2012 21:00:00 +0000 Becca Borawski 2845 at http://breakingmuscle.com Taking Swimming to the Outback http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/taking-swimming-to-the-outback <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/swimming/taking-swimming-to-the-outback" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20121031/303000270055366364597696586105n.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Rachael Verdel saw a community in need in the Northern Territory of Australia. She decided to use swimming to empower the Aboriginal people, and especially their women and children. </div></div></div><p><strong>On the northeast corner of Arnhem Land, in the Northern Territory of Australia, is Nhulunbuy, a mining community where swimming has come to the outback.</strong> The surrounding area is the home of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yolngu" target="_blank" title="Yolngu">Yolngu</a> people, one of the largest indigenous groups in Australia, and one that has succeeded in maintaining a vigorous traditional indigenous culture.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/taking-swimming-to-the-outback" target="_blank">read more</a></p> australia breakingmuscle outreach swimming teen fitness volunteering Swimming Thu, 01 Nov 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Becca Borawski 2793 at http://breakingmuscle.com Swim Like a SEAL: How to Do the Combat Side Stroke http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/swim-like-a-seal-how-to-do-the-combat-side-stroke <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/swimming/swim-like-a-seal-how-to-do-the-combat-side-stroke" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/oct_17_2012_-_938am/shutterstock_93888088.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Navy SEALs are powerful swimmers and masters of the combat side stroke. Maybe you want to become a SEAL or just be like one. Here are the details on how to perfect this useful, efficient stroke. </div></div></div><p>Swimming, as we know it, has four recognized competitive strokes: front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. Then there are all kinds of variations of strokes, often out of inability to perform a standard stroke, like the&rdquo; doggy paddle.&rdquo; <strong>There is one, however, that takes center stage in the aquatic life of the American military, the combat side stroke.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:16px;"><u><strong>Combat Side Stroke: What Is It?</strong></u></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/swim-like-a-seal-how-to-do-the-combat-side-stroke" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle combat side stroke navy SEAL swimming Swimming Wed, 17 Oct 2012 17:00:00 +0000 Becca Borawski 2674 at http://breakingmuscle.com Why Swimming Is the Best Exercise For Pregnant Women http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/why-swimming-is-the-best-exercise-for-pregnant-women <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/swimming/why-swimming-is-the-best-exercise-for-pregnant-women" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/oct_9_2012_-_356pm/28_weeks.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">As a pregnant woman, what if you could relieve morning sickness and joint pain, and have a sense of well-being all because of one activity? Well, then it's time you try swimming. </div></div></div><p><strong>Exercise during pregnancy can be a sensitive subject with <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/womens-fitness/exercising-while-pregnant-strong-moms-build-strong-babies" target="_blank">plenty of argument for and against</a>.</strong> Gestation could be considered a workout in itself, and nowadays, with different forms of exercise more popular than ever before, more and more expectant mothers prefer not to significantly alter their exercise routine by virtue of being pregnant.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/swimming/why-swimming-is-the-best-exercise-for-pregnant-women" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle crossfit exercise during pregnancy pregnancy swimming Swimming Wed, 10 Oct 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Becca Borawski 2614 at http://breakingmuscle.com