I'm a fat bastard. I've been stuck behind a desk now for 10 years and through that time I've been a lazy bastard as well. I'm 5' 10" and 215 lbs and very unfit. I dont have much time in the day to do a long workout programme so I'm trying to squeeze some excersize in my lunch hours now.
The local pool here is only 5 minutes drive away from work and a monthly pass is pretty cheap, only 20 quid. before I went to uni I used to swim rather well, mile in about 30 - 40 minutes, but many years, and much cake later, I'm not sure what my targets should be. So how many laps/what distance should I be aiming to squeeze in in a 1 hour (40 minutes in the pool). I tried today and did half a mile in that time....
If you really want to get in shape, run a mile (around 1600 meters) before breakfast every day along with the swimming, and eat lightly.
As far as swimming goes, anyone who sets a definite goal for you is either going to limit or discourage you. Just swim your ass off, working your way up to the mile in around 35 minutes if possible (which could take a while depending in what shape you were in back then, so don't get discouraged if your gains are not that impressive).
Here is a very good thread on swimming:
You do need to set goals if, you are trying to lose weight and get back in shape.
Limiting yourself is necessary if, you areas out of shape as you make it sound. You can discourage yourself and end up right back where you started.
Yeh, I read that, but didn't want to get in shite for necroing a post!
So what would a reasonable goal be? A mile in 6 weeks time?
What do you mean by 'a mile in 6 weeks time'?
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That in 6 weeks time, training 3 times a week, I should be able to swim a mile.
You realize swimming a mile, with no goal, is going to be the same as walking a mile.
You'll get benefits but, they will be negligible to what you want.
... How far is a mile again? Round two Kilometers? I'm being lazy. Sorry.
Originally Posted by honesty
OK, as far as how long/fast you should be swimming, it depends on you and how you want to swim. If you're unsure jump in for half an hour or so and see how many laps you can do without pushing yourself and base your goals on that.
Also, if the pool is close and you have time, walk. I used to run (read: jog) in to work all the time and doing laps is a good way to cool down.
Oh, and this isn;t important at all, but i feel awesome that both my thread and cake have been mention here.
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1.6k to the mile (ish).
Yep I realise that, though I want to make sure I can do the distance then increase the speed. I was hoping you could give me some sort of times/distance based goals? I jumped in today, and did 800 metres ok ish in the time I had.
Cake is definitely good.
Do you plan to just swim a mile in a certain amount of time like a spaz or are you trying to do it with proper technique and finesse. I get that you have previous experience in swimming. I swam for a number of years without really having a clue about a proper training regime until I took a class that I thought would be a blow off course in college. The instructor kicked my ass and I thought I was going to die. After I finished the semester, I had correct stroke, kick, and breathing and I sort of knew what a workout should look like.
I'm currently training for a tri. I thought I had a clue about what I was doing until I got my bike and started working out with some folks that actually run triathlons and know wtf they're talking about. They are very purposeful with their whole workout. I'm learning a crapton from them.
I suggest subscribing to Matt Luber's blog on swimming at about.com. He sends out weekly blasts on swimming info, training, and dieting. It might help you out some with setting up a good workout.
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