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dorianblade
November 30th, 2006, 05:47 PM
And if you do, do you go before or after? and how do you think it helps your swimming?

ensignada
November 30th, 2006, 08:10 PM
I do, both before and after. I have to carefully stretch my neck and shoulders before and after swimming, and I find that doing them in warm water helps the stretching along.

islandsox
November 30th, 2006, 08:49 PM
Well, I don't have access to a hot tub, our island here is a complete hot tub being in the Western Caribbean.

But the few times I did have access to one in the past, I would use it after I worked out, not before, because hot water, any hot water fatigues me. And after a workout, it really soothed my entire body; made sleeping so much easier.

Donna

Allen Stark
November 30th, 2006, 09:47 PM
I use a hot tub after workout if available. If one is available at a meet I'll get in for a short time after warm-up. In the late 60s they did a study of swimmers at a meet. They had half do their regular warm-up and half take a long hot shower. Although the shower group reported feeling weak before they raced,they none the less did better on average.

The Fortress
December 1st, 2006, 12:01 PM
I use a hot tub after workout if available. If one is available at a meet I'll get in for a short time after warm-up. In the late 60s they did a study of swimmers at a meet. They had half do their regular warm-up and half take a long hot shower. Although the shower group reported feeling weak before they raced,they none the less did better on average.

I'm willing to hit the hot tub almost anytime. I particularly like it after practice. But, Allen, this study you refer to sounds like a great excuse to skip warm up. Maybe my next meet I'll just shower and :coffee: .

Dolphin 2
December 1st, 2006, 03:52 PM
From my personal experience and advice from professionals, it’s best to use a spa (hot tub) only after swimming as the hot water acts as a muscle relaxant.

There’s also that well known problem of not wanting to get out of that nice cozy warm tub and into the cool/cold water of the pool.

Even after taking a warm shower at home several hours before swimming, there’s still the “Yikes Effect” when you plunge into the pool.

Happy Swimming :D

Dolphin 2

islandsox
December 1st, 2006, 08:39 PM
I got to experience that cold water shock over the last two days. We are in our rainy season here and it has been in the low 60s (unheard of). I went to my friend Pam's pool (100 feet long) and worked out. The temp was 68 degrees but after 3 minutes, I was fine with it and I found I can sprint a lot longer in cold water!!!

Donna