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sh610
06-04-2006, 05:54 PM
Can a good cardio workout be achieved swimming other than repetative laps. I suppose HIIT would be almost impossible.

GqArtguy
06-04-2006, 07:20 PM
Originally posted by sh610@Jun 4 2006, 12:54 PM
Can a good cardio workout be achieved swimming other than repetative laps. I suppose HIIT would be almost impossible.
Not impossible. Cruise for a lap or two then sprint for a lap. It gets tiring really fast, esp if you dont have your stroke down.

Fet
06-04-2006, 07:21 PM
I've done HIIT in the pool. It was actually ideal, as long as there's no one in the lane ahead of you. I go all out for 20s, then some breastroke for 40s. Easier on the joints then running. The only downside is that I'm prone to eating like a cow when I get out of the pool.

Beckinator
06-04-2006, 11:18 PM
swimming is awesome cardio! I was a competitive swimmer most of my life and let me tell you it sure is a fast way to lean out.

Brandi
06-04-2006, 11:21 PM
I was a swimmer for years as well, I'd use it for SS.

sunny
06-05-2006, 12:58 AM
Originally posted by sh610@Jun 4 2006, 12:54 PM
I suppose HIIT would be almost impossible.
Try butterfly.
Also you can add flippers.

calvak
06-05-2006, 11:52 AM
Use a kickboard and just kick. Or you can buy a buoy to put between your legs. It will keep your legs afloat and then you just swim using your arms pulling the rest of your body. I was also a competitive swimming for years and it's awesome cardio. I swim laps 3 times a week in my outside pool in the summer.

poke
06-05-2006, 01:08 PM
Originally posted by sh610@Jun 5 2006, 02:54 AM
Can a good cardio workout be achieved swimming other than repetative laps. I suppose HIIT would be almost impossible.
You could also try treading water. Maybe do a lap, then tread water for a minute, swim another lap, etc. If that is still too boring, take all your spare change and throw it into the pool. Then gather it all back up. It worked for me as a kid! :p