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2/8/13 10:45 A

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Hey Kiss,

Just wanted to invite you back to the SwimFans Team at Sparkpeople. I noticed you started back at SP in January and I'm trying to reunite as many old team members as I can.

Hope 2013 is becoming everything you want it to be.

Jonny Mac

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1/21/13 7:51 P

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As a competitive swimmer for more than 20 years and a coach at several levels, I can"t stress enough how important stretching is if you want to swim better and avoid injuries.

I never had a swimming injury in all of my years as a competitor because I stretched my entire body every day for at least 20 minutes before EVERY workout. I also warmed up for 15-20 minutes before stretching every day on a stationary bike.

I stretch my neck, shoulders, triceps, chest, upper and lower back, hamstrings, quads, calves, hands, feet, and especially abs. And I eat a banana before and after every swim.

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1/11/11 9:13 P

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having been a competitive swimmer from age 5-20, I know from experience that stretching is important. as I am sure you know, it helps get the body warmed-up and ready for action, and it helps avoid cramping/ sprains and strains.
I used to do lots of stretches. 10 min. before, and 20 min. afterwards. Many of the stretches used in the SP videos are identical. You want to be especially conscious of your biceps, triceps, quads, and calves, and of course your abs and back.
BTW, whenever I got a leg cramp at practice, my coach would tell me to eat a banana. No joke... it could be a lack of potassium :0)
Just a thought.

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11/1/10 7:31 P

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Since I can't swim till May I am doing the swimming exercise. Love the Spark site.

I am a very easy going gal that loves people and wants to know as many as I can. I want to make new friends so I can enjoy more of life. When people get to 55 or 60 there are some that think life should be over but guess what it is just beginning. Maybe 50 years ago it was over but not now people are living longer and working in their 70's. I would have been if I didn't have leukemia and it does not stop me but I have good days and bad, so being home if I need rest, I rest, at work I couldn't do


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12/23/09 5:14 A

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I usually get calf & foot cramps when swimming over an hour. I just stop kicking and pull while stretching my foot/leg to lessen the cramping.

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5/10/09 5:13 P

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I was wondering about this. For the last 10 lengths of my swim today, my toes started to cramp up! Weird i know, but is there anything i can do to prevent this or at leats make it less painful? I am also concerned since if it is my toes now, once my body is toned will it be my calf muscles next? (sp?)



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2/10/09 10:26 P

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I get the U.S. Masters Swimming newsletter, Behind the Blocks. This month's edition has a link to a just a great article about dryland training. I've put the link down below:

The author writes about all the different kind of workouts that can help swimmers - including stretching! I recommend it.

www.usms.org/articles/articledisplay
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2/3/09 6:30 A

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does walking and getting your kids ready to go swimming count !!!!! I am like you I seem to be running late so I just jump in and do a few laps of the breast stroke , that seems to help stretch my back out . If you have any ideas I would love to hear them!

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2/2/09 10:39 P

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I was wondering what kind of stretching, if any, you all do before and after swimming. I've been late to practices recently and haven't had time for much stretching. On the other hand, I see some folks doing a complete "Yoga-esque" routine on the pool deck. What do you do?

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