I just joined a local gym with a lap pool and I'd like to start swimming regularly again. What's the usual logistics routine for people that swim at a gym? Obviously I'll be bringing a change of clothes and a towel, but how should I deal with the wet towel and wet swim trunks afterwards? Any general tips from experienced gym swimmers?
posted by kmz
on Jan 8, 2014 -
I love deep water running. The pool has a couple of varieties of flotation belts, I've purchased my own; they're all okay, but none of them are great. And none of them last long before they start falling apart (granted, they spend a lot of time immersed in chlorine, not so great for foam). [more inside]
posted by kestralwing
on Jan 4, 2014 -
Questions about keeping things tied underwater, and one about swimming a long, long way on a single breath. [more inside]
posted by ditto75
on Nov 5, 2013 -
I'm having a terrible time figuring out where to do my 10-15 minute full-body stretch after swimming. I feel like an alien visitor to Planet Gym, and I have been trying determine where it is culturally acceptable to do this activity, but remain unsure. [more inside]
posted by BrashTech
on Oct 16, 2013 -
I would like to start swimming laps as part of a fitness regime. Special snowflake details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by pxe2000
on Oct 14, 2013 -
Can you recommend a clean, reasonably priced pool for lap swimming in Seoul? [more inside]
posted by KevCed
on Oct 6, 2013 -
I recently started swimming laps about four days a week. I do breaststrokes, backstrokes, and forward crawls. Unfortunately, those latter two are harder than they ought to be, because my kick does no work. When I try to swim forward using only a kickboard and my legs, I don't go anywhere. Sometimes, I even start going backwards. Maybe my legs are too weak and my body too heavy, but I suspect it's a fault in my form. I'll talk with a teacher soon, and I'll probably take lessons again at the next available session, because this feels like a basic problem. (Personal) instruction aside, what online resources - videos and whatnot - are there to help me with this? How do you swim a length on a kickboard? [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan
on Sep 26, 2013 -
My mid back length hair is very thick and is color treated. I've been thinking about lap swimming for exercise, but how can I manage my hair? I usually wash it once a week, do not use hair dryers and like to let it air dry. It usually takes several hours for my hair to air dry, which is fine for once a week, but I can't imagine having wet hair 5 days a week. Another concern is the chlorine effecting the dark blonde color and turning it green. A swim cap would be logical, but my research shows they are not waterproof. How do I keep my hair healthy while trying to keep my body healthy?
posted by JujuB
on Sep 24, 2013 -
I've done lap swimming very intermittently over the last 20 or so years. I think I'm an okay swimmer - I always did well enough when I was in practice - and I always liked the activity itself (made me feel a little more graceful than IRL). I can keep myself from drowning but I am way out of shape. I am motivated to start exercising and swimming is going to be the best option for my needs but I am really anxious about going. [more inside]
posted by Beti
on Sep 24, 2013 -
What are some memorable scenes from literature that center around swimming, and/or use swimming as a metaphor? [more inside]
posted by pete_22
on Sep 21, 2013 -
Can you guys please help me find swim gear that works? Everything that I buy is crap. Do they even make stuff that's good? Or is it just understood that it's all garbage and if you're a serious swimmer, you have to buy new junk every month or two? [more inside]
posted by Hennimore
on Sep 12, 2013 -
I'd like to go somewhere in northern California where I can camp--either tent camping or cabin-type camping--on or very near a lake that I can also swim in. Any suggestions? Pretty much anywhere from the central valley to the CA/OR border is fair game. I'd also be OK with less-rustic accommodations on or very near a swim-in-able lake.
posted by rhiannonstone
on Sep 7, 2013 -
Hello, I'm an adult learning how to swim. I've been learning how to swim by myself at a YMCA pool where there's a lifeguard around. I have been able to do the streamline kick without floatie at the 3-ft end. However, I realize that when I start adding the arm movement, I lose my balance on the water and I start to panic. At certain times, I felt like I would start doing the somersault if I wasn't near the edge of the pool to grab onto it. Can you show me an effective way to recover and get my feet down to the bottom of the pool and get my head back up? When I swim toward the deeper end, there's more buoyancy and I panic when I can't get my feet down.
Thanks so much for your advice!
posted by missybitsy
on Sep 7, 2013 -
A triathlete friend is 3 months pregnant...I'd like to get her something to make her running/swimming/biking nicer as she progresses, what might she need? I was thinking a support belt of some kind for running, any recommendations? Suggestions for other 'must haves'?
posted by lemonade
on Sep 5, 2013 -
Will someone please help with a translation question? We can't run it through google translate because it's an image, not text. [more inside]
posted by jschu
on Aug 28, 2013 -
Please help me find the specific swimming hole that I went to 7 years ago near Kaaterskill Creek in the Catskills, or recommend other nice swimming holes in the area. [more inside]
posted by never.was.and.never.will.be.
on Aug 19, 2013 -
I'm an adult learning to swim for the first time at the YMCA. I've only had 1 lesson so far and the instructor seemed encouraging. However, he did not address my fear of water and did not take the time to help me become comfortable with the water (submerging my face in the water, etc.). On the first day, he showed me how to kick while sitting on the pool edge, how to float on my back, how to kick using kickboard, and then he moved on to telling me to put my hands up in a torpedo position, face in the water, then glide forward while kicking. He was on the other side to catch me. I sunk every single attempt and he kept telling me to try again. I was so terrified that I don't want to come back to next class. Since then, I've been coming to the pool and practicing on my own. I feel like I'm more comfortable than the first day but I'm still afraid to come back for the next lesson this Saturday.
This is the first instructor I've ever had so I'm not sure how to judge how he's doing. Do you think I should quit and get another one? The staff members at the Y that I've talked to told me that he's a good instructor but can be a very demanding. Please give me your advice! Thank you!
posted by missybitsy
on Aug 8, 2013 -
After not swimming for a very, very long time (swam for a neighborhood swim team as a kid, swam a lot through high school but after that, nothing beyond splashing around) I'm trying to get back into it as an exercise regime. Only problem is, after only a few laps, I'm nauseated. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by PussKillian
on Jul 27, 2013 -
Looking for a wetsuit that I could use for late fall/winter swimming + Spring/Fall/Winter Sailing. Can I get all that in one suit? [more inside]
posted by sully75
on May 6, 2013 -
Good day, fellow Me-Fites! I am having a little difficulty locating an experienced electrician that will be able to resolve the intermittent issue we are having with the electric run to our swimming pool equipment. sometimes the pump comes on and sometimes it doesn't... I will of course be happy to receive your helpful suggestions and recommendations. Oh, and we live in Carrollton if that helps.
posted by rxbert
on Apr 8, 2013 -
Does anyone have experience with Infant Swimming Resource (ISR)? I'm considering it for my 9 month old. Were the first few lessons as terrible as I've heard? Is the end result as consistently wonderful as claimed? Is it worth the price?
posted by groar
on Mar 8, 2013 -
Now that WeEndure
is going away, I need somewhere to track my exercise. There are a number of places that have biking and running, but not swimming. I'd prefer simpler to the more complex sites like MapMyRun (which, again, doesn't do swimming, from what I can see). I have seen this
and wondered what things are out there, four years later. Bonus: a place that I can dump all my WeEndure data into so I hit the ground running. [more inside]
posted by notsnot
on Jan 29, 2013 -
Have you participated in the annual Brooklyn Bridge Swim (or other similar NYC SWIM event)? If you or someone close to you has, I have a few questions. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero
on Jan 25, 2013 -
Should I continue my swimming lessons? I'm an exchange student, and I'm thinking of spending part of my grant on finally getting a good grasp of swimming, but not sure if it's worth it. Moar details to follow. [more inside]
posted by lethologues
on Nov 1, 2012 -
I'm planning to have an in-ground pool installed in my backyard. Which would be better: a chlorine system or a salt water system? [more inside]
posted by starkraven
on Oct 3, 2012 -
Adult swimming beginners: what motivated you to learn how to swim? What techniques did you find useful in swimming lessons and what things made you uncomfortable? [more inside]
posted by lazy robot
on Oct 3, 2012 -
Can anyone recommend a good Solar Cover Reel for an 18'x36' size pool?
All the reviews seem bad and the industry as a whole doesn't seem on the up and up.
I'm currently looking for one that will go over my low profile diving board and have found the following one for $399 that seems the best one I can find. - "http://www.solarcovers.com/product/solar-cover-reels/commercial-reels/commercial-grade-reel/commercial-grade-solar-reel-for-pools-up-to-20-ft-wide-locking-casters-included" -
Can you let me know what you recommend for a different one or what your opinion is of the one I found? I hate to spend sooo much money on something that might not be up to par. Thanks!
posted by kmurray24
on Aug 9, 2012 -
You've taken the two-day Total Immersion workshop. Please tell me about your experience, and what my expectations should be. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb
on Jun 26, 2012 -
Looking for a good, free place to go swimming or camping without tons of people within 25 miles of Lowell, MA. Feel free to message me privately if you don't want to let the whole wide world know about it. In a pinch we'd be willing to drive a bit further.
posted by dunkadunc
on Jun 23, 2012 -
[New York State Filter] Looking for suggestions on where to find great outdoor places to swim (easy rivers, lakes, swimming holes) in the Lower to Mid Hudson Valley (New York). [more inside]
posted by Meat Puppet
on Jun 3, 2012 -
My wife, as a very small child, lived in Ealing and claims to remember a swimming pool with a giant glass wall so you could watch people diving into it from the side.
Have you heard of anything like this? [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know
on Apr 26, 2012 -
Can I go scuba diving with extreme fish allergies? So, I'm taking a scuba diving class in a pool, mostly to get over my deep water fears. Now I'm thinking about getting my open water certification but I had some concerns. I have extreme fish allergies. Meaning if a fish bites me, touches me, or stings me it could cause me to have an anaphylaxis reaction (trouble breathing). That all given, can I go diving without troubles? Will I need special gear?
posted by snow_mac
on Feb 29, 2012 -
I'm keen to add lap swimming to my fitness routine, but I haven't done it before and don't know the etiquette. Help me not commit any lap swimming faux pas. [more inside]
posted by gwenlister
on Feb 20, 2012 -
Is there a better sunscreen to use to protect my photosensitive skin while swimming? I am on medications that make me temporarily photosensitive. [more inside]
posted by liketitanic
on Jan 24, 2012 -
I want to lose weight and improve my running speed. Is running + yoga + swimming enough? [more inside]
posted by Brittanie
on Jan 20, 2012 -
Help me find this piece of art done in pulp fiction cover style: a funny dramatization of what can go wrong if one ignores the age-old warning of "Don't swim for an hour after eating!" The art depicts a swimmer about to drown, and the words across the bottom read something like, He Only Waited 52 Minutes
!! This might have been blogged about on Boing Boing
, but I can't seem to find it in their archives. (And yes, it is an old wives' tale
, swim away!)
posted by red_rabbit
on Jan 3, 2012 -
I like running and swimming, and try to do about half an hour of each at least three or four times a week. Now I've started weight training three times a week as well. Should I reduce the cardio if I want to gain muscle faster? I'm a naturally skinny ectomorph that has a hard time putting on mass.
posted by moorooka
on Dec 20, 2011 -