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lean toned swimmers build

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by thirteenth, Sep 11, 2007.

  1. LSeca

    LSeca Senior member

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    Swimmers are lean, but usually not as toned for the level of fitness they have. Their bodies will store a thin layer of fat to act as insulation from the cold water over time. Professional runners, for example, will be more toned than the professional swimmer.
     
  2. whacked

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    I've never been any kind of competitive swimmer, but I've heard this from a number of sources. I remember reading a fitness article describing the diet of a guy who was on the US Olympic team--more than 8000 calories/day.
    So true. The chair of our school P.E. department once told me the X-country runners need upward of 5000 calories a day during periods of heavy training/competition. And they're all rail thin. [​IMG]

    Swimmers are lean, but usually not as toned for the level of fitness they have. Their bodies will store a thin layer of fat to act as insulation from the cold water over time. Professional runners, for example, will be more toned than the professional swimmer.
    Good point. Also, running is a bodyweight exercise, thus burns calories at a significantly faster rate.
     
  3. Eason

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    Practice Bikram Yoga and you'll like like this. [​IMG]
    ...disgusting?
    True, it also builds bone density, something swimmers lack. They might survive global warming with their swimming skills, but they'll snap like toothpicks GODDAMN TOOTHPICKS.
     
  4. hchamp

    hchamp Senior member

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    Light weights, long low-intensity cardio, NO alcohol (ever again), massive calorie restrictrion. If you're over 25 forget it.

    I'm > 25, swim 3 to 4 times a week, and am still the same weight I was 15 years ago. Swimming won't make you bulky or really cut like a bodybuilder, but it will keep you lean and give you pretty good upper body definition. It's a great way to get in shape. And you can still drink and eat junk - in moderation.
     
  5. tiecollector

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    That's a pretty narrow minded outlook. Everyone's genetic make up is different. I just turned 35 and am leaner and in better shape than the majority of 20 year olds, without even trying all that hard..

    +1, since I have started watching my diet and cutting out what I consider to be bad stuff through my own research, I lost a ton of weight and look years younger, and I'm in my mid 20s.

    I think, with the right diet, supplements, etc, you can get the look you want for a while.
     
  6. kakemono

    kakemono Senior member

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    Well, the best swimmers have a similar bone structure where they generally have very wide shoulders. That is genetic, but the lean part... the above posts
     
  7. JBZ

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    For what it's worth, my wife and just about every other woman I've known range anywhere from indifferent to turned off by the competetive level bodybuilder physique, but go absolutely ga-ga during the men's Olympic swimming events.

    Something to keep in mind, based on my experience.
     
  8. nioh

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    Light weights, long low-intensity cardio, NO alcohol (ever again), massive calorie restrictrion. If you're over 25 forget it.

    Total bs.

    +2

    Or do full body functional workouts


    Indeed. ~6 months of intense gym workout and slight bulk should be enough if you're a beginner with an average male body. Diet and do cardio until you've reached your desired level of body fat, don't forget to keep working those weights. Voilà .
     
  9. Saucemaster

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    For what it's worth, my wife and just about every other woman I've known range anywhere from indifferent to turned off by the competetive level bodybuilder physique, but go absolutely ga-ga during the men's Olympic swimming events.

    +1. And every gay man I know, as well.
     
  10. NoVaguy

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    I've never been any kind of competitive swimmer, but I've heard this from a number of sources. I remember reading a fitness article describing the diet of a guy who was on the US Olympic team--more than 8000 calories/day.

    yup. i look back and can't believe how much i was eating from age 13 to 18. Every dinner was a double serving of everything. Looking back, it was insane - I swam full-time in the summer and winter (club and highschool), played soccer for 2 teams in the fall (club and highschool) and spring (club and high school practice squad). The calorie demands were just extreme.

    I always think about going back to that exercise lifestyle, but 2 or 3 hours a day of excercise is a little too much with a full time job and night school. But it was fun while I was doing it.
     
  11. lawyerdad

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    yup. i look back and can't believe how much i was eating from age 13 to 18. Every dinner was a double serving of everything. Looking back, it was insane - I swam full-time in the summer and winter (club and highschool), played soccer for 2 teams in the fall (club and highschool) and spring (club and high school practice squad). The calorie demands were just extreme.

    I always think about going back to that exercise lifestyle, but 2 or 3 hours a day of excercise is a little too much with a full time job and night school. But it was fun while I was doing it.


    I hear you. This responsible adulthood stuff is bullshit. [​IMG]
     
  12. JBZ

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    I hear you. This responsible adulthood stuff is bullshit. [​IMG]

    True, but not being able to exercise as much combined with a slower metabolism let's you indulge in all sorts of good stuff like frozen yoghurt instead of ice cream, baked chicken instead of deep fried, carrot sticks instead of potato chips, and less and less pizza, so it's all good. [​IMG]
     
  13. Opcn

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    Women are generally turned off by the dehydrated skin and general ropiness of the muscles, not the huge walls that body builders turn themselves into. I think that most women would love a man who looked like those guys in the 1960's body building contest.

    Swimmers, like real swimmers take in huge caloric counts every day, but if you aren't going to be working out in a pool you don't need to. The reason swimmers need to eat so much is that the water is dense and relative to your body cold, heat gets sucked right out of them and their bodies compensate.
     
  14. Brian278

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    Women are generally turned off by the dehydrated skin and general ropiness of the muscles, not the huge walls that body builders turn themselves into. I think that most women would love a man who looked like those guys in the 1960's body building contest.

    Really? I think most women consider Brad Pitt in Fight Club (from the neck down) or a Men's Health cover modelto be closer to the ideal , rather than the guys from that picture, who are a little cartoonish in the upper body. That's just been my experience.
     
  15. romafan

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    Beefcake! Yea, baby...[​IMG] Looks like '50s gay porn....
    (the bottom that is - buncha carlo franco wannabes. top guys look normal)

    [​IMG]
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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?
    [​IMG]
    (a BB contest during the 60's -> all natural; Sean Connery is 4th from left BTW)
     
  16. tiecollector

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    For what it's worth, my wife and just about every other woman I've known range anywhere from indifferent to turned off by the competetive level bodybuilder physique, but go absolutely ga-ga during the men's Olympic swimming events.

    Something to keep in mind, based on my experience.


    Every girl I've talked to loves "the line". That toned line guys get around their pubic area, I have no idea what it is called. Let's just say I'm lucky to have one.
     
  17. CunningSmeagol

    CunningSmeagol Senior member

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    Every girl I've talked to loves "the line". That toned line guys get around their pubic area, I have no idea what it is called. Let's just say I'm lucky to have one.

    Brad Pitt muscles.
     
  18. Saucemaster

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    Every girl I've talked to loves "the line". That toned line guys get around their pubic area, I have no idea what it is called. Let's just say I'm lucky to have one.

    I think you're talking about the obliques.
     
  19. Ludeykrus

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