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Swimming Underwater...

Post by Immortal » Tue Sep 07, 2010 5:35 pm

Guys today, a little after i lifted , i went down to the pull... I dont usually go into pools nor have I ever done a serious workout in one.. BUT i started off doing some under water swimming going from side line to side line.. I was fine with that.. but then came hell. I went to try to swim the whole pull underwater and each time I came up short. I did it so many times where i literally lost count. Bascially I would go on the diving area near the deep end cannon ball in and swim until i was out of air and hit the wall then came up. I rested a few minutes between each set and kept trying. I dont think i have ever been out of breath like that.. my heart was beating faster then when I do sprints.

Now here is my question, is this healthy to do? is swimming under water good for the body? Is holding your breathe under water even worth it? Will it have benefits or draw backs?


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Post by Jungledoc » Tue Sep 07, 2010 5:40 pm

Uh.... Try breathing underwater, then take your choice!

I think it's probably great for you. HIIT in the water!

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Post by NightFaLL » Tue Sep 07, 2010 5:46 pm

HIIT swimming is how I went from 300lbs and ~40% body fat to 220lbs and ~18% body fat in a five month period.

So, yes, I'd say it's good for you.

Now, there is research to say EXTREME breath holding is bad for you, but you're not doing that.

By extreme, I mean people who set world records in the 15-20 minute long area. if you could hold your breath 15 minutes you'd easily be able to swim the length of your pool, haha.

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Post by Immortal » Wed Sep 08, 2010 12:20 am

you really lost that much weight swimming nightfall?

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Post by NightFaLL » Wed Sep 08, 2010 1:33 am

Immortal wrote:you really lost that much weight swimming nightfall?
Well, obviously there was a drastic change in diet, but yes it was my cardio of choice.

I think it's the reason I maintained such a good amount of LBM ( I wasn't weight training at the time ). The high intensity created heavy resistance on my entire body, helping me to maintain a good amount of LBM.

I'm now ~208-210 and ~12% bf and to this day I contribute my change heavily to HIIT swimming and Madcow 5x5 afterwards, easily the best way for someone who's overweight/out of shape to make a significant change.


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Post by Immortal » Wed Sep 08, 2010 9:37 am

Oooo but im not out of shape haha :P I am however not used to swimming, so when my body adapts to it, thatll be awesome. Last 2 questions, how often did you do it and who started you?

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Post by NightFaLL » Wed Sep 08, 2010 11:11 am

I started myself and I did it 5-7x/wk for 30-45 minutes doing about 15 seconds on and about 30 seconds off.

I'd essentially swim the length of the pool as hard/fast as I could, then I would do a relaxed backstroke the whole way back. Then repeat.

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Post by robertscott » Wed Sep 08, 2010 2:57 pm

well done for losing so much weight nightfall

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Post by NightFaLL » Wed Sep 08, 2010 3:38 pm

Appreciate it, it's been about 2 years now and I kind of forget where I came from sometimes haha.

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Post by Jebus » Wed Sep 08, 2010 9:22 pm

I love swimming, nothing beats a fresh water lake swim, screw those crappy chlorine filled pools.

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Post by xshawnxearthx » Wed Sep 08, 2010 10:58 pm

I wish I had access to a pool. =/


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