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post #1 of 39
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Is it possible to achieve a lean toned swimmers build?
How?

Is achieving this dependent on genetics and bone structure or a matter of a different training and diet regimen (as opposed to bulking/adding muscle)?
post #2 of 39
Swim a lot?
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Swim a lot?

+1 and eat light.
post #4 of 39
I wish there was a gym in my area that had a pool
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Swim a lot?

+2

Or do full body functional workouts
post #6 of 39
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Is it possible to achieve a lean toned swimmers build?
How?

Is achieving this dependent on genetics and bone structure or a matter of a different training and diet regimen (as opposed to bulking/adding muscle)?

IME, most swimmers might be lean, but not exactly toned. Especially compared to bodybuilders, even top-flight swimmers have somewhat of a gut and rather flat chest.

They do have long limbs though...
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IME, most swimmers might be lean, but not exactly toned. Especially compared to bodybuilders, even top-flight swimmers have somewhat of a gut and rather flat chest.

They do have long limbs though...

Yeah, look at the awful gut and flat chests of these swimmers.
post #8 of 39
Light weights, long low-intensity cardio, NO alcohol (ever again), massive calorie restrictrion. If you're over 25 forget it.
post #9 of 39
You mean heavy weights and high intensity?
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You mean heavy weights and high intensity?

No, I think he meant what he said.
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Yeah, look at the awful gut and flat chests of these swimmers.


(US National (Junior) Team at the 5K Open Water Championship'05)
http://usa-swimming.net/USASWeb/Desk...ion=Production


or This?

(a BB contest during the 60's -> all natural; Sean Connery is 4th from left BTW)
post #12 of 39
High intensity workouts will produce a greater metabolic reaction than doing long low intensity not to mention improve overall fitness greater. Heavy weights promote strength as opposed to the cardio workout which is high rep low weight. It's hard to gain weight and bulk, it takes effort. Doing what I've said will help much more in the development of lean muscle mass than the others will. I used to do low weight high cardio and it's nothing compared to the high intensity, heavy weight that I've been doing of late. I'm much leaner than I was previously. I'm speaking from what has worked for me with much success as opposed to what everyone else I have ever known suggested to me for just 'toning.' See research of Tabata for HIIT-type training and it's effects on fitness (link is just site with a summary) http://findarticles.com/p/articles/m...20/ai_n6011850 And Crossfit for more information than you probably want... http://www.crossfit.com Diet is going to be the controlling factor on whether or not you add poundage and how lean you end up being. If you're eating crap you'll either put on fat or not maintain the muscle you have while working out. High intensity will help burn calories faster than low intensity.
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+1 and eat light.

ha!

if you swim a lot, you will end up eating a lot, and still get toned.

back when i swam in college, breakfast was like 4 or 5 strips of bacon, a couple of sausage links or patties, 4 egg whites or 2 eggs (depending on who was operating the grill), maybe some scrapple (yum!), regular coke, 2 or 3 hash browns patties or just the regular kind.

lunch was a salad, a couple of sandwiches or entrees, fries, and whatever else looked good. maybe soup.

dinner was two or three plates of food. plus salad and soup.

thank god for the unlimited meal plan.

at the time - 6'1", 135 to 140 (I'm 200-205 right now). was a long distance swimmer. but i gave up the swimming midway through my first semester right after fall break - too many good swimmers blocking me in my event, and my grades were suffering from spending 15-20 hours a week in the pool.
post #14 of 39
My tastes run more to Amanda Beard.

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(US National (Junior) Team at the 5K Open Water Championship'05)
http://usa-swimming.net/USASWeb/Desk...ion=Production


or This?

(a BB contest during the 60's -> all natural; Sean Connery is 4th from left BTW)
post #15 of 39
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Light weights, long low-intensity cardio, NO alcohol (ever again), massive calorie restrictrion. If you're over 25 forget it.
My fraternity was almost half swimmers and water polo players. I have never seen a group of guys smoke more pot, blow more coke and drink more beer. They all looked to be in good shape, but it was not from clean living.
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