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How to make the pool a muscle building tool

Jul 27, 2008
Well, summer is just about upon us and like everyone else, I like to take refuge from the summer heat in the cool waters of the closest swimming pool. That?s right, I?m talking about swimming.

I?m not only a bodybuilder and an all around fitness guru; I?m also an avid swimmer. I?ll tell you why (besides the simple fact that it?s fun). I hope you all brought your bathing suits!

What kind of cardio is best for bodybuilders? You guessed it: swimming. A lot of cardio exercises are great for the lungs and heart but puts too much stress on your joints, like running for instance. If you are into squats you need to take care of those ankles and knees.

Swimming gives you a great full body workout. What is so wonderful about it is: No Impact! For the bodybuilder, it strenghtens your muscles and cardiovascular system without putting any stress on your joints.

Another benefit of swimming is that it builds up flexibility, something most builders spend too little time working on. You should always stretch a bit before you swim, too. Guru Caleb always emphasizes stretching before any type of workout!

Bodybuilders beware. Don't let swimming become your only exercise. Sure it's fun and cool and there's girls around the pool (hmm) but it won't help you get that ripped look of competitive bodybuilders you are working for.

The reason for this is that your body reacts to the cool temperatures of the water by distributing your body fat differently. Body fat is more evenly distributed, but is stored just under the skin, making it difficult to have a lot of muscle definition.

Swimming is still an all around excellent exercise, just make sure to work it into the rest of your cardio program (hiking, walking). Don't replace all your cardio with this enjoyable activity.

Until next time, see you at the gym (or the pool)!
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About the author: Caleb Lee can teach you a lot about building muscle. His website will show you how to build muscle fast.
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