Transcript of SWIMMING!!!
Double click anywhere & add an idea Swimming There is only one real risk in swimming, which is drowning! Not only is swimming aerobic, (requiring more endurance), but can be anaerobic, (requiring more strength), in short sprinting swims. When swimming, you use almost all of your muscles in your body, up to the muscles in your fingers and even in your hips and neck. Your body's density is similar to the water, so stress on your muscles isn't as stressful as in some other sports Competitive Swimming If you're a good swimmer and want to take it to the next step, there is such a thing called competitive swimming. Just who do you think Michael Phelps was? There are too many rules, in my opinion, dealing with DQs, (disqualifications, NOT DAIRY QUEEN), or penalties in normal English. If I were to tell you all of them I might as well publish a book, so I'll just explain the basic rules. You've got a pool that's either 25 or 50 meters or yards long, depending on where you're swimming. The pool is divided into 6 - 8 lanes, the area where the person has to race. The lanes are divided by lane-lines/buoys so the swimmers don't smack heads against eachother. The swimmers start on what's called a starting block behind each lane, which kind of just looks like a step ladder. Swimmers have to start on the *beep* and dive forward as far as they can, (Pretty sure that they don't use guns anymore, sorry). Then the swimmers race the stroke and distance they were told to before. For example, a swimmer has to swim a 100m freestyle, which means swim 100 meters of the stroke freestyle. Whoever finishes first wins! Butterfly is what one would call an anaerobic stroke. This is probably the hardest stroke in general, but once you figure out how it works, it's much easier. The kicking portion is what we call the dolphin kick. If don't know what it is, imagine a dolphin swimming. Anyways, as seen on t.v., it basically is just swinging those arms up and over, right? If that's what you think, you'll get tired so fast a rock could probably beat you. It's all about when to kick, when to get those arms out, and how those arms come out. The whole stroke all flows together in a rythmic pattern, almost like the melody in music. Once you figure out how the beat goes, you can play in tune until the end. Backstroke, in my opinion, is my favorite stroke. It's both anaerobic and aerobic. The name is self-explanatory. The backstroke is swum on your back, and is a bit more frenzied than butterfly and breaststroke. You kick is basically back and forth, called flutter kick, which is your basic kicking style. As your kicking, you're moving your arms in a circular position, kind of like a wind-mill. But as your hands come back down into the water, you suddenly bend your arm, like if your were about to arm wrestle, and push against the water as hard as you can. This enables you to use the maximum strength possible in the backstroke position. That means you go faster. The stroke depends on your constant kicking, arm position, and head position. Get these points right and you'll be swimming like a pro. Breastroke is my worst stroke, bottom line. But that doesn't mean I can't tell you about it. Breaststroke, (please don't ask "Why's it called that?" to save you the trouble from going deaf), is mostly an aerobic stroke and is easily the slowest stroke out of the four competition strokes. Though it's the slowest, it's still hard to swim it. I still have troubles with it. What you do is the breaststroke kick, (think of how a frog kicks), and you push your arms forward and scoop the water towards you. Plus, this is all done in a specific order, so it's the most rythmic of the four strokes too. Much of the stroke relies on when to kick and pull, head position, and the flow of the swim. It's hard to master, but when you do, it's actually a pretty handy stroke. Freestyle is usually the fastest of the four strokes. It is also the most frenzied, unsteady, and most aerobic and anaerobic of the four strokes. You kick the flutter kick, (usually the fastest kick), and pull as if you were doing backstroke, only on your front. How you pull in backstroke and here is a very effective type of pulling. As you're pulling and kicking you breath whenever you want, just at the right time though. It's very easy to do and is what is mostly swum everywhere. It is also the main icon of swimming. This is the stroke first taught even outside of competitive swimming. Outside of competitive swimming it is commonly called the front crawl. The stroke relies on many factors, but the main ones are how you're pulling the water, how well you're kicking, and how you're head position and breathing position are. Be sure you're doing the front crawl, not the doggy paddle! Final Word Just FYI, all these strokes require a certain deal of strength and though I said they're also anaerobic, that still requires proper training or else a mere 50 or 100 yards may feel like a mile to you, and that requires endurance. Swimming may sound like a wimpy sport, but just to remind you, nearly all your favorite atheletes that you hold so dear for being a great football star or baseball player probably swim too. Not competitively, but it's a great workout exercise. Lifting weights and the bench-press are all strength trainings while the treadmill or what other people resort to, swimming, are all great endurance and heart/cardiovascular trainings, with swimming being a bit better. There are many other factors in swimming other than just the four strokes I've talked about like flip-turning and how we dive. Not to mention IMs and relays. Full transcript
"What're IMs!?!?!?!?" you ask. Well, jump into the pool and find out! Butterfly Backstroke Breaststroke Freestyle Swim Facts! Swimming is an aerobic/cardiovascular exercise that deals with mainly the heart, breathing control, and muscle flexibility. And because swimming can be a distance exercise, swimming can also be used to improve endurance too.
Swimming is universally accepted as one of the best sports for your body for these reasons:
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