Questions about swimming
April 5, 2010 8:55 AM Subscribe
Talk to me about swimming for exercise.
posted by Brandon Blatcher to health & fitness (40 answers total) 74 users marked this as a favorite
I've reached the point in exercising where I can pretty easily jog 3 or 4 miles, but not much further because I find it boring.
Ok, so I try swimming. Jesus Christ, it's hard! That's good though, it presents a challenge, so yay!
But I can barely swim 75 meters before tiring out and my calf muscles start cramping. After that initial burst, it becomes a struggle to go 50 or even 25 meters and I usually have to start due to the calves cramping so bad. The most I manage to do last week was 950 meters, in fits and starts.
I'm just trying to do laps at this this point, is there something else I should be doing to increase my swimming strength or to add variety? Should I be completely resting in between swimming days or should I be lifting weights or doing Cross Fit or anything else?