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Struggling with Muscle cramps when in water [closed]

I am not a very good swimmer. I don't swim regularly either. When I swim and relax for an less than an hour, I start getting cramps, specifically in Toes. What could be the reason?
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How to design swim practices for long distance swimming

I've decided to swim a 2.5km race a year from now. For the last two years I have swum 3km daily, but at a uniform, comfortable pace which I believe is not optimal for boosting competitive performance. ...
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Can't float; swimming is hard

My body doesn't seem to float in pool water. I think that's making it so that I have to work hard just to even stay up. That makes my swimming endurance kind of poor. Is this a known issue for some ...
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Is there a dry-top for the freestyle snorkel?

I own a Finis Freestyle snorkel. Along with it I had bought a snorkel dry top as well; only to, later, discover that it only works with the regular snorkels and not with the freestyle version. Does ...
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What is the top speed of swimmers when they leave the blocks?

At the beginning of a race, swimmers dive off the starting blocks into the water. I would like to know how fast they are moving when they enter the air, before they hit the water. Thus far my search ...
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How can I get my body floating on the water while doing the backstroke?

I've been trying this and also have seen many swimmers. They can just easily lie down on the water surface and their body starts floating without any hand and leg movement. I try to keep my body as ...
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How to do side-crawl efficiently with taking few breathes periodically?

I have been trying this technique from past couple of days but failed to do it properly. Since I am not taking any coaching so just want to make sure that whatever I am doing is not wrong. Here is ...
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What are the technical differences between freestyle and butterfly swimming?

Freestyle times (46.91 WR for 100m) tend to be faster than butterfly (49.82 WR for 100m) times. However, the "peak speed" for butterfly is faster than freestyle(1). Would this have to do with an ...
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Swimming with Fins Versus Elite Swimmers

When sprinting with fins, and especially now that I'm trying to press my chest and head down and get my hips up, I can feel a pretty significant amount of drag as my arm recovers. I think this is due ...
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Bad Breathing Habits in Swimming

As I turn my head to breathe (almost always to the left), I reach my head out to the left. I think this is probably because I am reaching with my right arm, and trying to reach as far as I can is ...
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Head Position in Swimming

I am trying to fix my head and hip positioning by looking down instead of forward and pressing my chest and / or head down. It's kind of awkward to press your chest down while also looking down and ...
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Hand supports for swimming

I have been swimming for as long as I can remember, but over the past 2 years when I pull myself through the water I have been getting a lot of pain in my hands, it appears just below my knuckles ...
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More swimming, or alternative activities/sports for a junior competitive swimmer?

My daughter is 7. She loves swimming and joined a proper club about 6 months ago. She has also continued taking lessons with her brother who is a little behind her, just because she enjoys it. She ...
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Swimming - Best way to count lengths

I'm a very keen swimmer and always have been. I've trained up to a competitive standard, however due to lack of funding have never been able to compete. I have always struggled to keep track of how ...
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How can I improve the efficiency of my kick in swimming?

In training, I really struggle with front/back crawl or fly kick exercises. Not only do I not get much propulsion but the little I do get pretty much drains all my energy and leaves me gasping for ...
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Semipermeable swimming nose clips

Is there a solution against nose aches after a lot of swimming? maybe nose clips, that only let you breathe out and close when you breathe in?
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Is it Okay to Swim all seven days a week?

I've been swimming on my own for about a year and am now training under a coach for about 2 months. Earlier I did not focus on swimming fast but now the coach measures the time taken to swim. I swim ...
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Back to School; Triple Lindy

In my younger years, I've seen this wonderful movie called Back to School. There Rodney Dangerfield alias Thornton Melon performs the Triple Lindy (1'09''). Has anybody ever seen a "Triple Lindy" ...
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Why does freestyle swimming restrict underwater swimming?

According to Wikipedia and to CONI: Some part of the swimmer must break the surface of the water throughout the race, except it shall be permissible for the swimmer to be completely submerged ...
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What Records did Yoav Bruck break as a swimmer? [closed]

I know Yoav Bruck broke a few records during his time at the swimming pool. Can you tell me what they are? Does he still hold any that haven't been broken yet?
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Front crawl training

I am a hobby swimmer. I train each day, swimming front crawl with the following regime: 500 meters using just my legs 500 meters using just my arms 500 meters using both legs and arms. It takes ...
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What are some common safety tips to have a safe swimming? [closed]

Can anyone tell me some pool safety tips to make my home swimming pool safe for my kids.
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Half-way water exit in an open water swim?

I'm trying to remember the term used for the part of a multi-lap open-water swim where the swimmer is expected to exit the water, run a distance and then enter the water in between each lap. I'm sure ...
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How do water-temperature, swim distance and skill influence the choice of using a wet suit for the swim-stretch in a triathlon competition?

Water Temperature: I'm good with cold, but I am not an ice-swimmer. Frequency/Distance: I swim an hour weekly (tri-club), with two hours additionally every 2-3 weeks, but I have yet to swim more than ...
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How to limit something that pulls me to the right when swimming?

I have a problem to swim straight. When I swim, something pulls me to the right. This happens to me more when I swim breaststroke, and less when I swim crawl. What could be the reason? It think I ...
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Any tips for sealing swimming goggles.masks and keeping water out?

I am having major problem with my goggles. I have 6 pairs of competitive and training grade goggles. If I use the tight low profile goggles when I swim (one hour everyday) I feel pressure above my ...
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What kind of shoes are suitable for a Novice/Sprint triathlon?

Next year in summer I want to take part in my first triathlon. The distances will be 400m-750m swimming / 20km cycling / 2-5km running. Are there shoes that work for cycling (with click system) and ...
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What's the most effective way to practise undulation for swimming Butterfly?

Having swum mainly front crawl for the past few years, I've recently started cross training and working on my other strokes, including butterfly. What's the best way to practise and improve ...
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In swimming, is there a competitive advantage to being in one lane or another?

Upon observing swimming competitions in the Olympics, it is not clear to me whether one of the eight lanes is more advantageous versus another. I've seen vague claims but nothing backed up with ...
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Why do swimmers peak at such a young age?

Why do swimmers reach their peak performance at a relatively young age compared with track and field athletes? Particularly female swimmers seem to produce their best results in their late teens to ...
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Why did a swimmer wear a swim cap with someone else's name?

Yesterday, in the 200m freestyle qualifying heat, Nimrod Shapira Bar-On (from Israel) wore a swim cap with another person's name. Why?
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Why do Michael Phelps and some other swimmers wear two caps?

Just now I saw Michael Phelps competing in the 400m Medley heats (London Olympics 2012). After he finished the race, I saw him take off two caps. I can imagine that a swimmer uses one, but what is the ...
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How do fabrics, impermeability, buoyancy, and swimwear length enhance a swimmer's performance?

In 2008, Speedo launched the LZR Racer, a high-tech swimwear. Since high-tech swimwear were launched, over 130 world records have been broken. As a result, FINA, the International Swimming ...
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Why do I get out of breath so quickly when swimming?

I am now starting to learn how to swim and have found that I have trouble swimming with my head in the water. Although I breathe every 1 or 2 strokes (front crawl) I found that my heart rate rises ...
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Swimming and respiratory infections

This is a serious athletic training issue that affects me and certain of my athletes: some swimmers are prone to ENT and respiratory infections such as in the ear, sinuses, throat and lungs. Last ...