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Why Swimming Is So Good For You

Every type of exercise has its selling points. But swimming is unlike any other aerobic workout in a few important ways.First, the fact that you’re submerged in water means your bones and muscles are somewhat unshackled from the constraints of gravity, says Hirofumi Tanaka, a professor of kinesiology and director of the Cardiovascular Aging Research Lab at the University of Texas.

7 Qualities found in an Elite long distance swimmer

The Long distance swimmer doesn’t expect you to understand them. If you only appreciate the power of their goals and the energy they have inside.

It’s been over an hour and your teammates went to change. You aren’t even close to the end of your own training session. You’ve been swimming for three hours and have 3,000 meters to go. You’re arms are heavy, they hardly respond any more. Your momentum drives you to keep going. If you want to win such a demanding long-distance event; you need to work hard and giving up is not an option.

The importance of being acclimatised

‘To lose one swimmer may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose 30 looks like carelessness.’ Ok, so they weren’t lost, but they certainly weren’t there. And when I started swimming I definitely wasn’t on my own.

Last night was the first open water training session of the season from Swim For Tri at the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park. Venue of the 2012 Olympic open water marathon and home of the Serpentine Swimming Club, the Serpentine is an iconic swimming spot and an outdoor swimming oasis slap bang in the middle of central London. Swimming there on a summer evening as the sun sets below the bridge is a swimming highlight of my year. But where was everyone?

Mark Perry Named Swimming Canada’s Distance/Open Water Coach

When it’s time for the next generation of Canadian swimmers to decide on their future, John Atkinson wants to make sure they have plenty of options.

The introduction of Mark Perry as Swimming Canada’s first ever Distance/Open Water Coach is part of Atkinson’s plan to broaden Canada’s medal potential in the water.

Would you take the plunge and join an open water swimming club in Suffolk?

Open water swimming is growing in popularity. But as well as being enjoyable, could immersing yourself in cold water in the great outdoors be good for your health? Sheena Grant reports.

“When you swim,” wrote the late, great Roger Deakin in Waterlog, his spellbinding book about wild swimming around Britain, “you feel your body for what it mostly is - water - and it begins to move with the water around it.”

For Roger, whose journey first suggested itself to him as his swam in the moat around his Suffolk home, swimming - especially outdoors - was like returning to a natural state, to experience how it was before you were born, in the safety of the womb.

Five Simple Points On Tickling Feet In Open Water Competition

If you want to improve your race, try tickling some feet.  Yes, we are talking about drafting! The moment of rest in an open water distance swim is when it feels as though the swimmer’s toes that you’re following are actually helping reduce head water-resistance thus creating less drag. You’ll know the feeling when it’s your turn to be tracked by a foot-tickler.  Crowded open water swims are like a slow-mo version of NASCAR, with long stretches of straights and some extremely tight turns. To reach the front of the pack, a swimmer must know how to maneuver effectively in the mess of sloshy arms and legs, and anticipate every available opportunity to stretch those tired limbs.

USA Swimming Names 24 To National Open Water Select Camp

USA Swimming has announced a roster of 24 for their 11th Annual National Open Water Select Camp, set to be held from June 6-10 at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers.

The camp is used to provide up-and-coming American distance swimmers with an educational and motivational experience. The camp is a key step as athletes look to transition from the pool to open water, and hopefully eventually representing the U.S. internationally.

First session of Felixstowe open water swimmers season sees 60 people brave rough sea

The Felixstowe Swimscapes Open Water Swimming group members met in the coastal town at 1pm, with people of all ages taking part.

Monday marked five years since the launch of the group, which meets on Saturday at 10.30am and on Monday at 6pm during their season.

Seamus Bennett, group organiser, said: “It was very rough and lots of people got knocked over, but it was a good day.

How wearable technology is changing water sports

With a new version just out, the watch offers specialized functions for swimming, open water swimming, SUP boarding and rowing, making it a water ...

Why Swimming Is So Good For You

Every type of exercise has its selling points. But swimming is unlike any other aerobic workout in a few important ways.First, the fact that you’re submerged in water means your bones and muscles are somewhat unshackled from the constraints of gravity, says Hirofumi Tanaka, a professor of kinesiology and director of the Cardiovascular Aging Research Lab at the University of Texas.

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