How to Get a Swimmers Body

One of the most popular misconceptions about the male swimmers physique (the classic V-shaped body type) is that the only way to achieve this look is by spending hours and hours swimming! Although swimming is one of the best forms of exercise, it is not how the body type is achieved! If that were the case we would see more men walking around looking like Michael Phelps or Ian Thorpe! So how do you get a swimmers body build without swimming? The answer is very simple – weight training to build lean muscle!
 
Now while the answer may be simple – what it takes to do it isn’t so easy, especially if you aren’t a fitness trainer or trained in muscle development. While nothing compares to step-by-step instructions, I do have several tips that will help you get on your way to getting that swimmers body build that you desire.
 
1. Decrease your body fat percentage: Most medical experts agree that to be considered fit, the average man should have 15 percent body fat or less. For elite swimmers this may very will vary between 6% and 20%. However you should strive to get your body fat percentage somewhere between 10-15% Generally speaking, the male body tends to store most of it’s fat at the waist and above. Since one of the more noticeable features of a swimmers build is the defined waist line and broad back, it is important for you to be especially mindful of your body fat in that area.
 
2. Include cardio into your workout: Aerobic exercises will not only increase your endurance, which will prove beneficial to your workout regimen, it will also help you to burn fat. The importance of reducing your body fat percentage can’t be stressed enough. You will flat out not achieve your desired result if your body is carrying too much fat.
 
3. Watch what you eat: Once again, this speaks directly to the need to lose that extra fat that your body is holding on to. Remember that to lose one pound of fat, you will need to create a calorie deficit of 3,500 calories. This will be achieved by a combination of diet and exercise. You will need to burn more calories than you consume. Stay active, stay moving, commit to your workout regimen and you will see results.
 
4. Shed the excess body fat: Are you starting to see a pattern here? Great, because I want you to! Let go of the notion that you can do a few sit ups and miraculously lose seven pounds of belly fat – it just doesn’t work that way! Repeat after me, there is no such thing as spot reducing! You will only begin to see definition and muscle tone once you’ve shed the excess body fat!
 
5. Strength training: Strength training is important to building lean muscle. You will want to focus on the major (large) muscle groups like the chest, back, shoulders, arms and abs.
 
These are general workout tips that you can use to get started, but to learn more specific methods you can use to get this classic V-shape body visit us at: Swimmers Body Workout

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