Teach me how to swim at the gym
September 22, 2011 1:49 PM Subscribe
What can I wear (other than a traditional bathing suit) while swimming at the gym? And how to start a very gentle swimming regimen while dealing with major back problems?
posted by BlahLaLa to health & fitness (26 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Hello, all. So i've suddenly got an L4/L5 herniated disk and I'm dealing with it medically. But getting into a pool sounds really, really good. Not so much for the workout aspect of it, but just for some gentle motion, even just floating, that might be a nice change from the extreme pain I've been dealing with.
I have a gym pool that I can go to, and I can go during non-peak hours so I don't have to jump in the midst of hardcore swimmers. But I have some questions:
-- I don't currently own a bathing suit, and because of the back pain I'm really not in the mood to drive around town looking for one. More importantly, I'm not in the mood to keep my bikini area in check, aesthetically speaking, when I'm dealing with so much pain. Is there something I can swim in that has a less exposed bikini area, yet doesn't break swimming pool etiquette? Is there actually a swimming pool etiquette when it comes to your outfit? What if I wear my regular workout clothes, like tight capri pants and a t-shirt? NG?
-- What are the accepted protocols for beginning/gentle swimming in a shared pool? I imagine I can slowly use a kickboard. What else?
Are there other things I should be thinking about? My disk and I thank you in advance.