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11/21/11 8:12 P

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I have exercise induced asthma. Swimming makes me very nervous so I do very little warming up as well. I generally walk around and mentally talk myself out of an asthma attack before a race.

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I do very little warm up before a race. Just a little swimming to get wet and used to the water temps

Kimberlee

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This article appeared in Competitor and was written by Matt Fitzgerald.

Researchers at the University of Western Australia recently compared the effects of 2 different warm-ups to no warm-up prior to both a swimming time trial and a simulated sprint triathlon and came up with surprising results.

Each participant in the study completed four separate training testing sessions: a swim time trial and 3 simulated sprint triathlons. The sprint triathlons consisted of a 750 m pool swim, a 20Km stationary bike ride, and a 5Km treadmill run. Prior to one triathlon, the subjects completed a 10-minute swim warm-up. Prior to another they completed a 10-minute run-swim warm up. Prior to the third they did not warm up at all.

The objective of the study was to see if the warm ups enhanced performance in either the swim or simulated sprint triathlon. All of the athletes achieved more or less the same results, regardless of the warm-up. Measurements of swim stroke rate, stroke rate, blood lactate, perceived exertion, core body temperature and heart rate also came out the same.

The author was surprised by the results and feels like any good swimmer will tell you that they swim better after warming up. He also believes that further research is needed. In the mean time, he believes that strong swimmers will benefit from a warm-up. What do you think?

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