How do you start a new sport?

Thursday, April 01, 2010

For some time now - I have been wanting to swim. Don't get me wrong - I KNOW how to swim. I learned at a young age and have even been through combat survival swimming in the Marine Corps where I jumped off a 50 foot platform into a pool and swam for an hour in full camo gear with an 80 pound pack and my rifle. Good times.............

So now - looking back - this is the one "sport" I don't really know that much about and would love to get into it more.

Should I just hop in a pool and start swimming freestyle back and forth until I am tired?

Are there programs I can follow?

Dare I ask - should I take a lesson?

Do you wear your cute 2 piece while performing this act? Speedo one piece? GASP!

Reasons I want to swim:

1. No impact cardio: I constantly battle sore limbs from running. I have problems with shins, knees and feet - almost constantly. Buying expensive shoes and good insoles have solved almost all of them - but it's still an issue on some level - especially when I kick training into high gear.

2. I actually went out and bought goggles and a cap to wear to the pool - 4 MONTHS AGO! I want to use them.

3. Health benefits for you entire body are endless - and I want them!

So - I am putting this out here for advice on how to tackle this hurdle I have put in front of myself. Once I get going - I will swim at the 24 hour fitness pool I belong to. My question is - how do I get going? Or should I just DO IT?

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    I am pretty sure you still can. Melissa Avoy at the club is the one to ask! I love that place!
    3888 days ago
    Can we still get the Jaycess discount at Paseo Club? I would LOVE to start swimming a one piece! LOL!
    3888 days ago
    Thanks guys. I am going to go Monday after work. I will let you know how it goes. I committed to a spin class tomorrow morning at that gym - and may also try it out after that.

    Holby - I think I am going to have to join you at Paseo some time - to swim laps. I like the kickboard idea, too. I did check it out and my gym doesn't provide them. Just the water and lane dividers.
    Lindz - great articles - I am reviewing them today for more insiration.

    I think a lot of my problem is the way I look right now in a swimsuit...... :P

    Thanks for the input - I like it!
    3891 days ago
    I'd just get in the pool and start doing laps. I used to swim all of the time, but gave it up when I had kids and had to be in the kiddie area with them. When you're overweight and haven't swam for awhile, it's a little harder than you think. I can't go very far and I'm tired. Good luck! You can do it.
    3892 days ago
    I love it - you dont sweat (or at least you dont know you do :-)

    I bought some goggles recently, they make alll the difference. I wear a two piece, but I have a few that have tops that dont fly off my top when I get in or swim briskly.

    I used to be on swim team in high school and we just swam back and forth different strokes for an hour. Different lenghts (laps for each one).

    What I do now is freestyle back and forth, then sometimes with a kickboard, or just paddling to work other parts more than others. Mix it up with breathstroke and backstroke. Thats what the other peeps at Paseo Club do, I copy them :-)

    20 mins of freesytle on here is 200+ calories easily. emoticon
    3892 days ago
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    Hey! I think swimming is a great idea! I think it's awesome that you're going to try it. I don't have all of the stuff you need (cap or goggles) but I would eventually like to try it. I fully agree that running takes a toll on your limbs. Although swimming is definitely a cardio sport, I'd like to know how it feels - are you out of breath when you're done (kind of like after a good run)?

    So Cat, of course I googled "how to start a swimming program" and these websites might be helpful for you:


    I also think getting used to the idea of seeing yourself in a swimsuit now will be good when summer rolls around! Let me know if I can help you with anything else ... I'd eventually like to try it too.

    PS. I think a 1 piece suit would be good for swimming, just not the high cut Baywatch kind :) Hehe.

    Love you bish!
    3892 days ago
    P.S. This is not an April Fool's joke bishes. :-P
    3892 days ago
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