August 9, 2005 12:07 PM Subscribe
What's the best calorie-burning swim workout? Is the best muscle-building workout the same or different?
posted by MsMolly to health & fitness (13 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
The previous question reminded me I had a pool related thing to ask too. :)
I've been doing a bit of lap swimming recently, mostly using a kickboard, sometimes with fins. So I want to know what I should be doing to get the "best" workout.
It seems obvious that regular laps without the board will be the best for cardiovascular fitness, because I find myself getting out of breath after doing a lap or two. So it seems like that's my best bet if I want to increase lung capacity.
But what if my goal is to build and tone muscle? (I already do a good amount of upper body strength training at the gym, so for the sake of argument, let's say I want to tone my legs.) Am I working the muscles more if I swim with the kickboard alone, or do flippers make the workout more thorough?
The flippers seem easier (I find myself less tired), but I'm also increasing water resistance, so is that actually getting me more of a workout?