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November 29, 2011 10:43 PM
Hi - wondering if anyone can help. Is swimming or running best for overall toning and weight loss? I know you've got to do what you enjoy most but I like both - just that I can swim for far longer than I can run!
November 29, 2011 10:49 PM
For toning - strength training.
November 29, 2011 10:49 PM
I did both cross country (fall) and swim club (spring/summer) during high school and I found that swimming was the best for me personally. All the drills really worked the whole body. Fly is killer for abs, and the flick drill is amazing for your triceps. Kick is good, but I found running hills to be more challenging for my legs. It depends on your skill level if swimming is effective. If you're a good swimmer with proper technique then swim for sure (it's my favorite!), but if you don't have the best technique running might be easier (even though you still need technique).

But yeah, strength training is the best for toning, but both swimming and running burn lots of calories.
Edited by swimforever On November 29, 2011 10:50 PM
November 29, 2011 10:52 PM
QUOTE:

For toning - strength training.


This.

Cardio will not give your muscles tone. That is what strength training is for.

Cardio will help you with a calorie deficit and increase heart/lung health only.

For weight loss, do whatever cardio you like best + a decent strength training routine + calorie deficit.
November 29, 2011 10:54 PM
Thanks all - I do two Body Pump classes a week as well....just wondering if you had to chose one, would it be swimming or running?
November 29, 2011 10:57 PM
Do both, mix it up, I swim 4 times a week, run 3 times a week smile
November 29, 2011 10:58 PM
Personally swimming for me. I'm better in the water and I'm a horrible runner. Plus I feel like I work more muscles when I swim. It's the one workout that tires me out completely, which is a feeling I like.
November 29, 2011 10:58 PM
QUOTE:

Thanks all - I do two Body Pump classes a week as well....just wondering if you had to chose one, would it be swimming or running?


For fat loss I would personally choose running...but ONLY because I know that when I go swimming, I am not keeping my heart rate up, I am just having fun in the ocean or the pool. When I run, I don't do it for "fun" I do it for distance or speed and I am engaged in keeping my heart rate up. That's just me though. Pick whatever works best for you.
November 29, 2011 10:59 PM
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the flick drill is amazing for your triceps


What's the flick drill?
November 29, 2011 11:25 PM
I'd say swimming. You WILL build muscle swimming. I can only speak from experience swimming and coaching, I don't know the exact exercise physiology behind it but I think it's the natural resistance of pushing/pulling your body through the water. Not that swimming can replace strength training altogether but you'll see a difference.

Isolation drills that are meant to strengthen specific muscle groups will built muscle. E.g. single arm pulls; swimming while balancing on a stack of kickboards (harder than it sounds, works the core hard); cobra kick: prone kick with your face out of the water and arms outstretched, in a "cobra" position; R arm and L leg breaststroke 5-10x, then switch sides; there are a ton out there. Speed drills are also good if your form is already good. If your form isn't great, stay away from paddles and fins. I'd stay off the kickboard generally as it can end up being a crutch and you can do a more effective kick isolation with a prone kick. would often see a dramatic change in body shape, in myself and in my swimmers, after introducing isolation drills.

For me personally, I find that I don't like the way my body starts looking when I'm running alone (lifting once a week): I get a significant weight loss but a flabbier body than I'd like. I've been told it's a result of too much cardio, not enough strength training, and not enough protein.
Edited by ccmccoy09 On November 29, 2011 11:43 PM
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November 30, 2011 12:03 AM
Could you please explain what you mean by prone kick?
I've been a swim teacher, coach and a swimmer since 8 years old, never heard of it.
November 30, 2011 12:08 AM
Personally for me I enjoy swimming a lot more than running. Swimming is easier on your joints all around. I feel I get a better work out when I swim. It all depends on what suits you best though!
November 30, 2011 12:18 AM
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Could you please explain what you mean by prone kick?
I've been a swim teacher, coach and a swimmer since 8 years old, never heard of it.


Kicking on your stomach, face in the water. "Prone" just means face down.
I learned to teach based on the Red Cross WSI method. "Prone float" and "prone kick" are often-used terms in WSI. I'm pretty sure my swim instructors growing up were trained by the same method, it never occurred to me that the terms might not be universal.
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November 30, 2011 12:45 AM
Oh, never heard that term in Australia, thanks
November 30, 2011 12:48 AM
Do both then!
November 30, 2011 1:15 AM
How are your leg joints? Hips, knees, ankles etc?
If excellent, then sure go running and swimming. If they are ****e like mine....then swim and bike!
Swimming is king i reckon. No impact and much easier to control the breathing etc.

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