Swimming Faster Faster: Tip 8
Lug Less Lard
OK this one is about a touchy subject but I'm gonna mention it because it part of the swimming faster faster formula.
It has to do with our bodies.
The way we are shaped and what we weigh.
There's more body stuff I'll touch on later like
strength, flexibility, injuries, and other stuff
I'll use my self as an example.
I'm 6'3" and currently weigh around 210.
World class male swimmers who are my height tend to weigh way less. Usually between 165 - 190.
The most I ever weighed in college was 194.
As an almost 42 year old guy I find it's very easy to put on the pounds and a bit of a challenge to take them off.
Part of my situation is genetics.
my dad is 5'7" and weighs around 200
my mom is 5'4" and is about the same
my brother is 5'10" and weighs over 300
my sister is 5'3" and weights over 200
my dad's twin sisters are 5'1" and have weighed over 350 lbs.
I'm convinced if I ate what I wanted and didn't work out,
I would have a serious weight problem.
I'm convinced I'll swim faster if weigh a little less.
like 195 - 200
Keep in mind if you weigh to little and are too skinny you'll lose too much strength.
I've proven I swim slower when I weigh more.
I've weighed as much as 238 pounds and I was much slower at that weight.
Losing weight isn't something that happens over night
It requires a decision and consistent action over weeks and months.
What I'm proposing is for masters swimmers to get closer to their ideal weights in a healthy sensible manner.
skip eating disorders, diuretics, crazy crash diets and other foolishness.
I believe if my body is closer to it's ideal weight, I'll swim faster.
I've discovered when I don't pay close attention to this,
things can quickly get out of hand.
My zone meet is less than 3 weeks away.
I hope to make sensible eating choices and shed a few pounds as the meet draws near.
What's your ideal weight to swim faster faster?
What do you need to do to get there?
part of this is about swimming faster faster
but more importantly it's about being healthy and having strength endurance and energy to do what you want.
We swim faster faster when we lug less lard.