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Swimming is the best
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Only real problem in my opinion is that it fucks up my hair and make it really dry, also if gets kinds boring on endurance days
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it's pretty great, fuck public swimming pools though.
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>>35610191

Especially if you want wide shoulders, no hips.....looking at you, ladies.
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>>35610199
if you can afford a salt water pool, or have a salt water pool in your area then it will do the opposite, it makes your hair feel great and your skin look really good.
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>>35610199
fucking this, the day after my hair feels like complete shit from the chlorine and takes ages to wash out.
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>>35610402
>salt water pool
why would such a thing exist? Hotels build pools right next to the beach so the people dont have to swim in the disgusting salt water
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>>35610421
The salt water is like 1/8th of seawater. You can barely taste the salt
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>>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
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>>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
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>tfw after workout doing some light swimming then sitting in the hot tub for 15 minutes
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>>35610421
Your a moron
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>>35610191

>boring
>Makes hair and skin dry
>Swimmer girls have broad back, no hips
>Does not make you strong, fast, agile etc
>Is just not fun at all


Swimming is shit
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water polo is the god tier sport
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>>35610471

i have a free, perfectly acceptable gym at my office.

i'm considering joining a gym just for the post-workout hot tub
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Brehs

Free diving or snorkeling in that warm clear water surrounded by all that wildlife is the absolute shit. It's another world down there.
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>>35610199
Swimming is supposed to make you hair wet man you might be doing something wrong
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>>35610538
How do I into free diving?
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>>35610800

Practice holding breath until you can hold it a long time.

Practice not freaking out about how deep you're going to go underwater.

Congratulations, you're a free diver.

srs answer google to find a club or something in your area.
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>>35610538
MFW I can't dive anymore because my eardrums keep bursting.
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>>35610763
öbin
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>>35610823
Yeah, way to leave out the whole equalization process. You must dive a whole lot.
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I'm starting to miss it a bit, but then I recall the hassle of going to training, spending hours looking at tiles at the bottom of the pool while in pain, getting yelled at etc...
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>>35610476
Kill you're self
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>>35610763
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>>35610538

Literally my nightmare
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>>35610191
agreed
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>>35610942
Fuck off, you Finnish degenerate retard.

Every fucking Finn is a disgusting autistic braindead mentally deficient retard lol. Your race should be wiped out by genocide.
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>>35612958
Finland mention'd

Torilla tavataan
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>>35610538
Would love to do this.
Need to get WAY /fit/ter first
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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.

also how was your swimming session today?
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>>35610402
>tfw live 10 minutes away from the beach
Should I start doing beach swimming for cardio days?
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>>35610191
Yeah it's pretty awesome, but after /fit/ im become insecure faggot and shy to get half naked.

Thanks a lot.
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>>35613469
>Had to skip training sessions cause busy schedule
>Pools closed for 2 weeks during christmas
>Went from under 15 to 16min15 on 1Km freestyle
>Lower back hurts when I swim

Feels bad man
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>>35613598
Then go on slowly anon, take a week to recover your back and dont risk an injury
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>>35612687
Censor?
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>>35613583
This. I know for a fact that I've must've gotten better (stats, body fat etc), but i feel just as bad, if not worse.
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>>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.
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>>35610191
Sure is
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>>35610498
>water polo
My horse keeps drowning
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>>35611753
Not to mention the crushing reality of never being as fast as you were at your peak

>dat first warmup at /important meet/ after a perfect taper and fresh shave HHHNNNGGGGG
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>>35613984
I remember when I hated IMs mainly because of fly and the backstroke turn. Keep on going and git gud.
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>>35615014
>You will never be as fast as you were at your peak
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>>35613850
Hey I lived right near her
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I'm only here for pictures of girls in swimwear and you guys didn't post shit
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>>35610464
ALSO YOU'RE A GIANT FAGGOT WE DONT NEED CAPS LOCK DO SEE YOUR POST
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>>35617182
Google that your own damn self.

Alternately: get in the pool and see it first hand.
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>>35610490
>best for cardiovascular effeciency
I can fuck for hours on end. Seriously I don't even know how long i can fuck for, my partner always dnds up raw or tired. They fucking LOVE it though.
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I was an excellent swimmer as a child. I was invited to join the local competitive team but my parents decided it would be inconvenient to take me to training and I resent them for it to this day

>>35610456
>>35610464
THERE IS NO NEED TO SHOUT I can believe it

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

>>35612958
that wasn't very nice
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>>35617492
almost puked picturing that pool
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>>35610471
iktfb, i do this almost every workout, would recommend. Even better if i'm sipping on a photon shake while relaxing in hot tub.
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>>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.
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>>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.
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>>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
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>>35619177
meant for
>>35613547
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> used to swim competitively
> regular gym - $10
> gym w pool - $60 + $200 initiation

I love swimming but goddamn I am having trouble justifying that. My cardio is getting shit though so it might be time.
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>>35619298
Just use the stairmaster at the significantly cheaper gym.
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>>35610199
>also if gets kinds boring on endurance days
At the University of Missouri, our pool had underwater speakers to play music while you swim kek
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>>35615014
>you will never be better than your best point
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>>35620394
thats neat, never heard of something like that before. How was the sound I mean, doesnt it felt a bit distorted or unclear?
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>>35620545
To be honest I'm not a swimmer and never used that pool so I wouldn't know. I just showed up in the thread for ass.
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>>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
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>>35620545
Sound travels better in water than in air, so it sounds pretty good if properly installed, but if there are a lot of people swimming you hear that over it.
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>>35610456
>THAT IS THE TASTE OF SWEAT

dear god
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>>35612958
Finland is the beacon of hope in Europe. They don't tolerate shitskins.
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Why is no one talking about the ass and the fuckin swimming pool
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>>35621401
cant deny it, the view is great, sharing lanes with qts is the best. Sometimes I use to go really slow in backstroke and let them "feel" my junk or ass when they catch up with me.
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>>35621665
OH gee, I'm sure they really appreciated that. Creep.
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>>35610191
Who is this cock sock?
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>>35611205

>the whole equalization process

It's too complicated to describe. /s

Get fucked.
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>tfw you enter the pool and you see there are no hot girls with tight swimsuits

Takes me on average 3 minutes longer to complete my set, without this motivation
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>>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.
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>>35621665
Do you swim like this?
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>>35610191
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>>35624655
+1

My thoughts exactly
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>>35624599
Floating has nothing to do with anything but density. I was a nation fly sprinter and my legs sink like I've wronged the mob if I'm not kicking. Then and now.
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>>35625319
>what is buoyancy
Amount of salt in water and in your body will affect this.
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I always get cramps while swimming. Fucking Kompartmentsyndrom :(
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Do good swimmers have broad back/shoulders because of swimming, or are they good swimmers because they already had broad back/shoulders?
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>>35625332
that's because salt affects the density of the water...
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>>35625319
It's about dispersing your weight across the wate surface so that there is little water tension. Density isn't that much of a problem unless you're an inanimate object.
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>>35625393
I don't know, but there's not one kid that i grew up with swimming that has shit shoulder width.
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>>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.
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>>35625332
>said density
>obviously referring to relative density
Sod off; it's late here, anon. I even sink in the ocean.
[spoiler]Maybe not in the Dead Sea.[/spoiler]
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To be a good simmer you must have low body mass and narrow shoulders

Basically, you must be low test
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>>35624822
>that cute face
>that manly muscular body
I-I don't know what to make of this, guys
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>>35625469
>low body mass

You're confusing cause and consequence here. Swimming is the most intense form of cardio, so guys who swim competitively and swim multiple hours a day will have very low body fat

>narrow shoulders

Not at all. Narrow shoulders put you at a signifcant disadvantage
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>>35610471
Whats a hot tub? like a sauna?
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>>35625921
sorry I was too retarded to google, now I know it
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I love it but cant find a pool.
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>>35610456
this is some useful information right there. also caps made me lol.
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>>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
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>>35628491
D E V I L I S H
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>>35610471
I too know this feel very well.
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>>35628491
Equally fun: swim right behind a girl with a nice ass when swimming breast stroke. Just watch those legs spread.. and kick. mmmm
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Tfw when my towns open pool only allow men only at saturday while girls have wednesday and friday.
I could go when family are allowed but that would be weird.
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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.
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Why can't swim girls develop nice hips ? I understand that this is very common but I can't figure out the reason =(
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>>35628798
Forgot pic
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>>35618632

>being too poor to swim

that is some next level poor. Costs me $60 a month here, which is nothing. Just need a pair of goggles for $10 and you are set.
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Why are there never young people swimming laps, unless they are little kids? The pool I go to has a fuckton of old people and I feel very out of place there.
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>>35628775

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.
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>>35628798

too much resistance. chicks with hips wont be succeeding as much as planks so they give up quicker and never succeed.
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Just started swimming to help with my cut.
Holy shit it's way harder than I remember.
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>>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.
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>>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
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>>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
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>>35628886
All at uni.
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>>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.
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>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.

>>35629518
They know
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>>35610464
>AFTER ABOUT 6-10+ YEARS WITHOUT DRAINING
Are you fucking telling me there are pools out there with water 10+ years old?
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>>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.
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>>35629702
Why is that so hard for you to believe?
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>>35629702
The pool were I swim is drained twice a year and that's not enough imo.
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>>35629801
Because I refuse to believe the water in a pool can last for 10 fucking years with no refilling.
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>>35629826
It would be a bit of a stretch. We drained our diving pool once a year but our lap pool was never drained when I worked there, and I was there for four years.
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>>35629702
>water

Its piss and sweat m80...
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>tfw can't do turns

I just dont understand how to do it, every time I try I end up looking to the sides and with lots of water going through my nose..
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>>35629306
But i literally are not allowed to swim on some days. Thats the point.
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>>35630830
>I just dont understand how to do it, every time I try I end up looking to the sides and with lots of water going through my nose..

Try doing a front roll first in the water. Pro-tip: exhale through your nose while you're doing the rolling motion and hanging upside down in the water

>>35630951
>But i literally are not allowed to swim on some days. Thats the point.

Sounds like another shitty muslim country to be honest
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>>35631101
I live in Norway. It basicly is filled with immigrants at this point tho so i guess you are correct in some ways.
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>>35631138
I didn't realize Norway was still this backwards as to not allow men and women in the pool at the same time. Holy shit anon
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>>35631138
Hva faen, hvor i helvete er det kjonnsdelt basseng?
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>>35631150
Sharia law is the future of Europe, anon.
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>>35630951
>Norway
>Widely seen as one of the most developped countries in the world with one of the highest living standards
>Pools only open 3 times a week, with segregation between men and women

Well now we know that's all bull shit
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>>35610384
Swimming doesn't give you wide shoulders. People with wide clavicles, hence shoulders, become swimmers.
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anyone know tfw breastroke swim practice with a qt in front of you?
>>35617182
i made this edit 2-3 years ago
>tfw i contributed to the international meme database
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>>35611845
Kek
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>>35631419
ye
>>35629518
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>>35628723
SWEDEN YES!
is it for muslims?
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>>35631295
And planet fitness is a representation of all of the USA and jet fuel can't melt steel beams and the lunar landings were fake.

#Kony2012
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>>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.
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>>35631732
>And planet fitness is a representation of all of the USA and jet fuel can't melt steel beams
Those are true.
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>>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.
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>>35610191
>tfw no swimming qt gf
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>>35610538
>free diving

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.
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>decide to swim in an Olympic pool for the first time
>do 3 laps
>suddenly slightly dizzy and need to sit down
What?
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>>35632411
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>>35633179
lmao busted
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>>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.
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>>35610464
Here's a reply
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>>35610800
I would start by during at least a 50m underwater in a pool without breathing and then go to clear water. As a competitive swimmer throughout my childhood i can dive to about 15m-20m down~
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>>35634543
do you mean swimming 50m without breathing or looking for a 50m deep pool and dive practice there?
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>>35634790
He probably means the former. It's not terribly hard but definitely not something you can do as a beginner.
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>>35617492

Cheshire UK? Which gym do you go to?
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>>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
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>>35634287
>>35636873
I have always trained in a 50m pool and it was the opposite for me. Going to a 25m pool would feel so tedious when doing 4km+ training, all those turns, all the time...
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>>35632361
There are no flags. The only thing I can use is the roof, but its not as accurate
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>>35637369
Then just count how many strokes you need to do the entire 25 meters
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>>35633179
has there ever been a more perfect body?
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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?
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>>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).
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>>35625471
Youre suposed to easily have double the muscle she has. Dont be a beta and deny yourself the pleasure of fucking fit girls
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>>35633179
Need sauce
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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)?
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>>35613583
show pics

no homo
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>>35624822
>you will never make 10/10 master race children with her

Why even live
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Yo. If I wanted to lose weight with swimming, moderate freestyle is best style?
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>>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
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>>35641181
her plus prime era dolph lundren would spawn the demigod savior of the white race
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I can't even swim

how do I learn swimming as a grown man
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>>35642551
kek'd
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Swimming is great. Though fuck tumble turns. Although I may only being saying that because I do them so slowly and run out of breath halfway through.
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>>35642866
pay for some lessons and practice
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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?
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I have to take swimming to fulfill a PE requirement for uni

How hard is it compared to lifting?
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>>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..
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>>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..
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Guys, does swimming make you taller? I'm 18 but my growth plates are equivalent to those of a 16 year old's.

I've been swimming for 5 months. My goal is to be at least 6'.
>mfw I'll never be Gary Hall
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>>35643657
yeah it does, keep at it anon
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>>35643657
Yeah bro! and basketball makes you taller and a bit darker, bowling gives you a fat belly, tennis gives you a mad wanker arm, ping pong makes you go bald and golf makes you old and fat
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>>35643657
This reminds me of being forced to study sport by a total retard
>tall go play basketball
>short be a jockey
no in between
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>>35643657

i didnt know darth maul swam
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>>35629739
Hamplanet detected
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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
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>>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.
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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?
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>>35645741
>what style do you guys recommend for a first timer?
Freestyle, butterfly, backstroke, and breaststroke are all pretty good for newbies

Anyway, remember to completely shave your body (except head) so that you can get an advantage.
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>>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.
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Swam in my first meet today after quitting for a year. I actually did decent, 27.37 for 50 fly and 25.99 for 50 free with only a couple weeks of training.
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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.

And now you know.
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>>35646647
so you're telling me that the chlorine/chloramine smell is the smell from the filth in the pool being killed?
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>>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.
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What a lot of people here don't realize is that the people that maintain pools have taken hours of classes on this shit and been certified to do it. Its not super easy.
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>>35610191
I second this notion

>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
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>>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.
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>>35646647

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.
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>>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.
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>>35628684
That's a comfy pup
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>>35620569

it would be funny if fart bubbles were comin out of dat ass
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>>35640957

christ she has bad skin
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>>35618632
>Swimming burns more calories per mile than any other form of cardio
This fucking guy...
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>>35619298
Outside of living in bumfuck nowhere for a couple of years, I don't even know of a gym without a pool. The price difference can't be that much.
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>>35643530
Not hard. I had to swim 30m and tread water 2 mins fully clothed for the Army. Probably pretty simple for most but I hadn't been swimming in close to a decade. Picked it up pretty easily.
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>>35637380

>25meter pool

50 or bust
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when sharing a lane, is it bad etiquette to swim past your partner? Or is it on them for being too slow?
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>>35631312
Not necessarily true
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>>35649391
If you're only slightly faster than them, stay behind. If there's a big enough difference swim past.
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>>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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