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Can Swimming Build Leg Muscle


Hi, my name's Julian, I'm 26 years old and currently a student. My whole life I've had problems gaining weight, maintaining my bodyweight or gaining muscle in general. I've always been very skinny but also always had the dream of gaining weight, being stronger and having a good physique. I went to the gym for a while, quite regularly. But this didn't change anything and left me pretty frustrated. About half a year ago I went travelling around the world.

During this time I realized how out of shape my body got from not doing any sports or exercising. This showed in how super skinny and gaunt I became. Freeletics Gym is a free app that creates you a personalized training plan every week. It guides you through every training session and teaches you all the movements. This was perfect for me as I didn't have any experience with barbell training. It adapts to your goals and experience and programs the training accordingly. Check the description for a free link.

I've been training with Freeletics Gym for the last 18 weeks now. The first couple of weeks I focused on learning the exercises but soon after I was able to increase my weights on a weekly basis. I have become stronger than I ever could have imagined especially since I went to the gym for years before and never saw a real change. Don't forget to like and share the tutorial :).

Secret Tip Legs Propulsion

Hi, I'm Gary Hall senior. And I'd like to walk you into the secret tip of the week for the race club. This week and next 3 week, we're gonna be talking about the importance of the legs in swimming. The reason we're going 4 weeks is there're 4 functions of the legs in swimming. And the first we're gonna talk about is the function of propulsion. I've always believe that the leg is the most underappreciated, perhaps underworked part for swimming than stroke. And if you really look at the greatest swimmers in the world today like Phelps, Lochte and Natalie, the thing that separates them more than anything else from the rest of the pack is the power and strength of their legs.

So, let's talk about propulsion in kicking. The question is, do you have propulsioné or do you not. have propulsioné A lot of athletes have very strong legs. And yet, when they get into the pool and they kick, they don't go very fast. So, it doesn't always equate to your leg strength. If you're not sure if you have propulsion within your legs,there's an easy way to find out. Grab a kickboard, get out there. Kick as fast as you can, for 25, 50, 75 and 100. Compare yourself with somebody who kicks fast.

And see how fast you are. Chances are, you probably don't kick very fast. So, the next question is. if I can'g kick fast, how can I get fast with my legs. And that's a tougher question. Because the people that swim fast and swim even kick fast, have years of experience. And it requires several things.

It requires tremendous strength of a certain kind, to be able to move the legs quickly and in both directions. It also requires tremendous flexibility particularly in the ankle joint, and in the knees, and somewhre within the hips. So, we're going to show you a few things you can do, to improve your kicking skills, to increase your propulsion. And, hopefully, become a much faster swimmer. Here Sabir Muhammad of the race club world team shows you, that you can use, dry land to strengthen your legs.

Great extension of the hip is here. Up on the shoulders, strong core, cervical flexion is a great excercise. Kicking here is Sabier on his back Now he is using straight leg kick. strengthening his core, using very tight straight leg kick. Here he alternates, see,

upkick of the opposite arm and leg, to demonstrate the mobility of the shoulder as well as the hip Daniel Hong now is using one of my favourite exercises for developing flexibility in the ankle, call this free style squat pushup. very difficult to do this, if you're not a swimmer. So, you can use your hands to help get you up, at the beginning, by pushing with your hands. But eventually if you can get to the point where you can push off the top of your feet to comlete stand, then you have the kind of flexibility required to be a fast free style kicker.

Does Shaving Your Body Actually Help You Swim Faster

This episode of DNews is brought to you byHarry's. Body shaving is a tradition in some sports…Maybe I should try it out… you know… for sports. Shaving in sports is a big deal, cyclistsdo it to reduce road rash, and cut drag; swimmers do it to feel slicker in the water, and cutdrag, and body builders do it… well… to look like thisab. Wowza. Whew… Anyway,you can see that speedy sports shave their bodies to CUT DRAG. They're saying, cleaningoff these follicles are going to help you win a race! How do you feel about leg shavingfor swimmersé Mehé! Yeah… That's how I felt about it. Kind of just like, okay, go ahead!As long as you feel better! But science says

I might have been playing down a SIGNIFICANTadvantage without knowing it! Drag reduction in speed sports is a huge deal.Cyclists have been doing it for over 100 years. But it wasn't until 1987 that a study wasconducted for Bicycling Magazine by an engineer in a wind tunnel. This study determined thespeed savings were 0.6 percent. Which is just sad. That's SO small. Maybe enough to savefive seconds over an hour at 23 mph (37kph). The results were so piddling, and wind tunnelsso expensive to use, no one ever repeated the experiment… until now. A special bicyclespecific wind tunnel wasbuilt by the Specialized cycling company,

and the researchers had free use of it fortesting! Coincidentally, one of their riders had shaved that day, so they figured, whynoté Don't cost nothing, and they found the shaving had reduced the cyclists drag 7 percent!!SEVEN. This meant, a cyclist in a 25 mile (40km), one hour race could save 79secondsby simply shaving their bod! These findings were revolutionary, so to doublecheck theytested five more cyclists. They all saved 5082 seconds over 40 km. WHATé! They alsotested different helmets, different positions and longsleeved racing gear finding significantpower savings here and there. They were shocked. Shaving works, at least in cycling.

In swimming, the jury is still in over itshead. Common wisdom is shaving is mostly psychological. HowStuffWorks says, quot;Razors strip dead skincells off the body in addition to hair, exposing a fresh layer of sensitive skin cells.quot; Becauseof that, the swimmer FEELS better in the water. Though a 1989 study, the only one I couldfind, tested the physiology of shaved and unshaved swimmers while also testing theirdrag reduction. Turns out, physiologically, there were no differences in heart rate, oxygenuse, or lactic acid buildup (which is what makes your muscles burn during exercise).There WERE, however, noticeable drag reductions. Mentally, swimmers probably believe themselvesto be slicker and more powerful in the water,

even without science, but we're here to backthem up. Ladies and dudes, you're totally slicker. Some runners will also get into the habitof body shaving, expecting that over a long race they might reduce drag, but more oftenthe clothing worn will produce more drag than the lack of hair could ever make up for. Soinstead, most Olympic runners today wear computerdesigned, NASA influenced running suits, designed tohelp them glide through the air. Or so they say!.

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