>>35610421 you are a fucking retard, a salt water pool has a tiny amount of salt used for filtration, if you can smell or taste salt at all that means your filter is broken and you should get out of the pool ASAP.
PROTIP: IF YOU ARE IN A CHLORINE POOL AND IT TASTES LIKE SALT THIS MEANS THEY DO NOT CLEAN THE POOL REGULARLY ENOUGH, THAT IS THE TASTE OF SWEAT
SOURCE: 4+ YEARS OF LIFEGUARDING VARIOUS GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA POOLS
>>35610456 ALSO TO BE CLEAR, BY CLEAN THE POOL I MEAN DRAINING IT, CHLORINE FILTERS WILL ADD SMALL AMOUNTS OF SALT TO A POOL AND AFTER ABOUT 6-10+ YEARS WITHOUT DRAINING, THE POOL WILL START TO NOTICEABLY TASTE SALTY, THE THING ABOUT SWEAT WAS A JOKE SORRY
Im feeling great brehs! today I improved my times on the 800m freestyle, two months ago it took me around 21minutes but today I did it in 15:40 minutes. My goal is to reach the 11 or 12 minute mark by april, wish me luck brehs.
>>35613469 Switched jobs and moved cities so I was without a gym/pool for about a month. Got to swim in my new gym's pool last night and tried to do a 1400m workout focusing on IMs and kicks to get back in it and it was horrendous. My conditioning is shot.
The only local pool we have in my area is part of an overpriced members-only gym. Whenever I'm unfortunate enough to accidentally ingest the water it tastes noticeably salty. Also when you look underwater it's basically filled with little bits of hair and toilet paper and god knows what. They probably haven't properly cleaned it in my lifetime, and I am an old fuck (relative to the average /fit/ user)
Give us a fucking public swimming pool Cheshire West & Cheshire you cheap shitarses
>>35610471 If its your own hottub, nothing is bette, but public hottubs are some of the most disgusting places imaginable. You're basically sitting in a giant bath tub dozens of people had sex in before you got there. SOURCE- Former competitive swimmer and worked as a lifeguard through high school and most of college.
>>35610490 >>boring No more or less boring than running or cycling, just less stressful on your joints >>Makes hair and skin dry Lotion and good shampoo solves that. >>Swimmer girls have broad back, no hips Booty and legs tho. >>Does not make you strong, fast, agile etc Gives you a strong back, core and shoulders. >>Is just not fun at all Cardio is never fun, m8. Swimming burns more calories per mile than any other form of cardio, while being way less stressful on your joints (unless you're training like Michael Phelps) Swimming is literally God tier and you're too stupid/poor to realize it.
>>35610402 yes, but a beach is not a good place to learn proper form. I used to swim for 2 hours a day competitively every day for 2 years, improper form over a long period of time opens you up to a lot of repetitive stress injuries, and it's hard to improve form when you are doing a very high resistance swim (beach swim) but otherwise go for it, swim and get that pusy
>>35620545 Many aquapark have musical pool. It is awesome I don't know how they do it but the sound is awesome. It will be even cooler to blast your music though. I would play some 2 chainz on these bitches
>>35610191 Literally builds god tier endurance. I started swimming when i was 6 or younger, can;t remember, and after years of training, my liver just stopped hurting when i got tired, like it would've taken an impossible effort to get me tired. Also the harder you train for it the better endurance results you get. While i was growing up my mother always had problems finding me clothes that fit my shoulders, I also have huge legs. When i'll have a kid, first i'll have him swim as soon as he is able to, it's just the perfect sport for development. You also build muscle mass, but i suppose it's more effective on people that are still growing. You also get taller from it. Oh and i don;t know about others but i literally can not drown. I can make my body float on the surface of water without any effort.
>>35625393 Begs the question, what do you define as broad? I think most guys who swim (but not like the top tier competitive swimmers) just have well developped shoulders (the type of shoulders that don't make your head look gigantic), but I wouldn't say the majority of them have really broad shoulders- I think that's genetics.
>>35624655 >>35625252 something like this but with a slow kick so I wont kick the person below me and she wont notice shes close to me and it will look like she just catch up and it all was a happy accident
I want to get into swimming instead of jogging as i'm fat and i don't want my knees to explode.
I do know how to swim but i'm doing a poor job at it honestly. I don't know the names in English but i can do the normal swim with frog-legs and swimming on my back. I feel more comfortable swimming under water. It goes faster and i don't have to focus on breathing and having my nose over water.
frontcrawl/freestyle is goat. Should have been the first to learn, unless you taught yourself. Also seems like the most involved and benefitial stroke, except maybe butterfly, but only disruptive cunts do butterfly, not to mention it is hard as shit.
>>35628775 >i can do the normal swim with frog-legs thats breaststroke
As anon said you should focus on freestyle or commonly know as crawl. Watch some vids about the body position, the rythm of the stroke and kick and how to coordinate it with your breathing. The speedo vids that always get posted in this threads could help you out.
>>35628723 you're the reason you only have one day to swim with just men it's not weird to swim at the same time as people of the opposite gender it's not weird to swim at the same time as children swim whenever you want and people will realise you're there to swim and they won't look at you like you're weird
>>35625493 Sometimes I wonder, those guys are really lean, there's no chubby swimmer in high level competitions. Even if they burn shitloads of calories nothing's stopping them from eating more. Anyway, just got done swimming 6Km in less than 2 hours, 1K calories if I trust MFP, i'm wondering if those numbers are correct, seems high
>>35628715 I already do that too, usually Im the fastest in my lane but after a heavy workout or something like that the coach give us a 200m on anystyle to cool off, the grills in my lane always go in breaststroke so I play it cool and say "yeah, you go first I dont want to slow you down" and then I just catch up with them and enjoy the leg spread ass/pussy view.
>Swam a 250 and then 500 today. >see a girl walk into the sauna on a turn >probably watched because you can see the pool and no one else was there. >get in hot tub after set >she gets in despite not wearing bathing suit >amazingly gorgeous, does her squats >too intimidated to say hi
When will i learn to take them off the pedestal bros? I just always hesitate and don't even say hi.
>>35617308 Virgin detected. Fucking is not cardio idiot, it's resistance training, you don't stop fucking just because you sweat a little, you stop fucking when your back gives out because your a weak sissy faggot with no strength or muscle endurance.
>>35630830 This, and especially with the backstroke. I either slam my head or my hand against the wall or I'm not even close to it and have to float there for a few seconds.
The pool I swim at is also catered toward people who dont actually swim. The middle three lanes are for slow breaststroke, the two lanes on the right are for the even slower breaststrokers and the one lane on the left is the normal lane. And I fucking hate swimming with more than 3 people in one lane.
>>35631889 With backstroke try this. When you reach the flags count how many strokes it take you to reach the wall.. and thats it, practice how many strokes it takes you when you're going slow, how many strokes it takes you when you're going fast and get used to it.
It's not as extreme as that pic, but pier diving on a windy day is hands-down the most fun I've had in a while. Did that for a couple hours on vacation this summer and that was the highlight. The only danger I see is tiring out and not knowing when to stop because it's so fucking fun.
>>35633128 maybe it was too much for you to handle or you went to explosive from the start and rekt yourself without thinking. Going from a 25m semi olympic pool to a 50m olympic pool feels like a huge change if you've never used one.
>>35633128 Yeah there's a big difference between swimming in a 25m pool and swimming in a 50m pool. It's twice the distance but more than twice as hard, since you lose the comfortable cushion of being able to turn every 25meters. I play water polo so I'm used to swimming short bursts, and while I train 3 times a week, going to a 50m pool gets me every time. It's like a whole new level of cardio
I just started swimming again after doing it in middle school. Right now I'm doing 400 meters Freestyle without stopping (sprinting the last 50m) and repeating this until I do on average 2km a day, 3 days a week.
Should I keep doing this and keep increasing the distance? Or should I also incorporate another set for variety?
>>35637595 Depends, what is your goal? If you want a good aesthetic look, focus on short sprints and high intensity interval training (like for example, do 20 x 50 meters, leave at every 60 seconds and go full pace).
>>35637595 We need to know whats your goal, m8. Is it endurance (so you can swim long distance without getting tired as fuck), aesthetics (dem ottermode body), speed (so you can swim sanic fast) or just improve technique(aka git gud)?
>>35641476 If you want to lose weight I recommend running instead of swimming. Can't point my finger at why but swimming leads to an increased appetite and generally I don't know anyone who's lost a lot of weight by swimming. They have become a lot fitter and more muscular though
I'm getting back into swimming at 26 but I'm having issues with an inflamed shoulder. I swam competitively for 11 years and so I swim at a pretty good pace which may be causing the issue. Anyone have experience swimming at a fast pace at an older age? Should I just give up trying to practice at high intensity and just start swimming slow pace, continuous laps like all the other old people?
>>35643412 are you out of shape or something related? I had problems with my shoulder when swimming fast and it turned out that my muscles where growing very fast and one of the bones in the shoulder was getting pushed over by it. Went to the therapist and she put me to do some stretches and to stretch before and after swimming at least 15minutes and I've had no problem since then.
Maybe you're pushing yourself too fast thinking you got the same godtier physical condition from 11 years before..
>>35643412 also let it rest for at least a week, inflamed shoulder its very common in swimmers but if you dont let it heal it can turn to be a nasty injury. Try using on a bag of ice on it when you're at your place..
Swam for years as a youth, mainly backstroke. Was on a small club team. Left it for over 15 years, now back. I'm a senior and been asked to swim in two masters programs, not ready. Always been into physical culture, et cet. Take a break, however, if the shoulder is near constantly sore, absolutely see someone - could be several matters. Have whacked-out energy level; last year jumped into a local lake for open swim and just went 3/4 of a mile non-stop backstroke. Peace and breathe
>>35645468 I used to be in a good club (several national medalists, I probably still have an Olympic medalist autograph somewhere). I did a few competitions for the lulz and because it was expected of everyone to attempt to compete at least at regional level, got a few medals, but I really wasn't serious into it at all. Then I stopped swimming after high school because I'm a lazy fuck, lost my muscle mass, took on a few pounds for good measure to kill my abs definition.
Recently realized how retarded I was, and after 5y, back in my home town for a year, decided to swim at club again. Was pleasantly surprised to see that even though I've lost all of my stamina (wtf why am I tired after 100m), I've kept most of my form muscle memory and I'm usually the fastest in the pool on weekends when there's only casuals. I'll probably force myself to go back on week nights 3 times a week to get yelled at by trainer again.
Im going to compete for the first time in my life in about three months. I've been swiming for a year and a half, what could be some good general recomendations for a "newbie"? I know I will probably get rekt'd by everybody else in my categorie but i dont give a fuck. Im planing on going in a 50m or 100m event, what style do you guys recommend for a first timer?
>>35645741 If you've been swimming for a year and a half regularly, free style is probably where you'll be most confident, this should be your bread and butter. 50 or 100m are good starter lengths, it'll be over before you can think about getting tired so you can just focus on sanic. At any rate ask your trainer, he won't register you for something if he doesn't think you can make it.
It doesn't really matter if you get rekt (you probably won't, most local competitions are really casual and unless you literally sink in the pool you'll do ok). What's actually interesting is you'll get a comp time that will be a good baseline to put you in future comps against people roughly your level.
It's ok if the day of the event your heart is racing and you have butterfly in your stomach just from getting ready with all these people looking at you (protip: most of them are here for relatives and unless you drown or dive before the signal no one will even look at you); it'll go away after 15m because swimming hard should clear your mind. When you swim don't look at the other swimmers, focus on going sanic and do not fuck your form (sucks when you get disqualified for bad form). At the finish, you need to hit the plate hard enough for it to register and stop the watch. Don't be that faggot who only brushes it with the tip of his fingers, give a good full palm thump. You might want to practice diving on your own time to make sure you have the form down if your trainer hasn't made you practice it specifically recently.
>Anyway, remember to completely shave your body (except head) so that you can get an advantage. And don't do this, you're not at a level where suits and shaving are even remotely relevant.
ITT; No one knows how pool maintenance actually works.
Where do I start. Pools don't get "drained" unless there is a serious chemical problem or it needs acid washed. A typical pool will have one of three types of filters, cartridge, de, or sand. The most common being sand as its cheap and quite effective. You backwash that filter with pool water. It cleans the sand out while disposing of pool water. This is done twice or three times a week on a typical public pool. Allowing water turn over. The other two filters act similar except you just spray off cartridge filters and backwash and replace the de in the filter for the other.
Now on to salt pools. First off, there is chlorine in a salt pool. You typically keep the salt level around 2500-4000ppm. The salt water is run through an electrified cell that converts the salt to chlorine. You adjust output to use and keep the chlorine around 3-5ppm. That chlorine smell you get with a high use pool isn't chlorine, its chloramine, or used up chlorine. It smells like that from the body sweat and piss in the water. The chlorine is eating that and being turned into chloramine. Which the only way to get rid of is from a backwash or regular partial water changes.
>>35647332 To a degree. To add to what >>35646647 said, the other major component with Chlorine is that it can form HOCL, hypochlorous acid, which when it ionises to (OCL-) is highly antibacterial. HOCL is also antibacterial but not to the same extent. It slips into bacteria and basically kills them from the inside out by destroying the internal structures of the bacteria.
So whilst it does get rid of sweat and other fluids, it's also killing bacteria and that sort of thing too. The smell of chlorine is always going to hang around because of exchange surfaces: if atoms of chlorine get in your nose you'll smell it: as there is chlorine in the water and trace quantities in the air, you smell it.
>Aquatic center only charges $33 per month >Number one place in state >Pool is so clear you can see the bottom with ease >Massive stress release because mind is focusing on not fucking up form, what stroke to do next, breathing rhythm, etc >No joint stress >Even though you don't get big you get nice definition >Easiest way to lose weight >God tier endurance >Don't have to deal with any gym shenanigans >NYR fags in lesser number and get BTFO more than anything
>>35643530 If you're >Black >An idiot >Unable to adapt quickly You're fucked
>>35647825 >NYR fags in lesser number and get BTFO more than anything It's great. My overweight mother felt she was qualified to give non-solicited swimming advice because my brother and I had been swimming for years. Made her actually try swimming, she couldn't complete 25m butterfly without drowning half way through, and she felt like throwing up from all the pool water she ate trying to breathe in freestyle. She lasted a month and I haven't heard her bitch about anyone's form since then.
Guy who works maintaining wastewater treatment plants here: there is a certain amount of bacteria/filth in the water that can't get kill using standard methods. Although using chlorine will destroy the outward structures of most bacteria and break down piss and sweat, there is a certain amount that they can't get rid off unless they use a more powerful method, like UV/ozone/more sophisticated filters.
tl;dr: yes, you still drink piss and a small amount of virus.
Bonus points: there is always microbes and shit in tap water and your clean glassware. You don't get sick because it has so few of them. I don't really mind about it anymore.
>>35648429 As >>35647743 Yeah, some of them just won't go down: same as with all your hand-washes and gels and that sort of stuff you get these days. It's just one of the things you accept by using a public pool: and to be fair, the amount of bacteria and stuff on the surfaces of gym equipment probably rivals or exceeds the levels in poolwater anyway.
>>35649391 Pick a fast lane. It's douchebaggy if you're much faster than everyone else in the lane and have to keep overtaking everyone. It is equally douchy btw if you're much slower than everyone else. However, if even the fastest lane is too slow (a familiar feeling for any ex-swimmer going to a public pool) I guess you have no choice.
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