Beginner’s Guide to Swimming

3 05 2006
Paddle your way to a six-pack with this fat-scorching swim plan
By: Matt Bean
We’re giving it to you straight: You’re never going to swim like Michael Phelps. For starters, you’re probably not 6’4”–and in the water, length means speed. Then there’s your–by comparison –penguinlike wing span. Phelps’s span is 79 inches, and it propels him through the water like a nitro-fueled speedboat. And the 45 miles of practice he puts in a week? Great for him, but you have commitments.

Now, the good news: All of this had less to do with Phelps’s six gold medals and three world records at the 2004 Olympics than one basic in-pool principle that anybody can learn: “The longer and more streamlined you can make your body, the faster you’ll go,” he says.

“It’s that simple.” Read the rest of this entry »

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