Fitness Testing

Fitness Testing

Post by lk.. » Fri, 12 Nov 1993 09:45:27


        I just got back from a fitness testing session with the trainer at my
college. I'm not in bad shape, but I know I could be in better (but don't we
all feel that way?)  We've been training for about 5-6 weeks now, so I'm in
shape in that sense.  Also I was told that the muscle on the outside of my
legs (I don't know the name of it) was tight, but it has never felt tight. I
know that better streching will help this.  I'd like to hear any input on
this.

        Also what is a good % of body fat to have as a female swimmer?

-Lauren

 
 
 

Fitness Testing

Post by t.. » Fri, 12 Nov 1993 14:09:39

Quote:

>    Also what is a good % of body fat to have as a female swimmer?

This is a an optimization problem that has several competing interdependent
variables which cannot all assume their individual optimal values
simultaneously for a single given % body fat figure.  A lot depends on your
priority of events (sprint, intermediate, etc.); your priority of strokes
(back, ***, etc.); the specific gravity of the medium you intend to swim in
(ultra-salty Dead Sea at negative altitude, distilled deuterium-depleted water
at 5000 meters altitude in Katmandu, etc.); the temperature of the medium
you intend to swim in (frigid English channel, Hot Springs Arkansas, etc.);
and your personal physical anthropological features (height, bone structure,
etc.) to name but a few.

Note also that it is not just the % of body mass accounted for by fat that is
of importance.  The spatial distribution of that % fat is important if you are
concerned with speed, with mechanical insulation, or with sculpting a
hydrodynamically optimal body contour.  The chemical distribution among
molecular structures of that % fat is important if you are concerned with
buoyancy, with thermal insulation, or with your long term health after
retiring from intensive swimming competition.

In any event I would trust the judgement of your team physician over any
numerical guesses from people on the net who don't know you personally and
don't know your specific short term and long term circumstances and objectives.

-- Tim

 
 
 

Fitness Testing

Post by Eric Nedervo » Sat, 13 Nov 1993 07:57:47

Quote:


>>        Also what is a good % of body fat to have as a female swimmer?
>This is a an optimization problem that has several competing interdependent
>variables which cannot all assume their individual optimal values
>simultaneously for a single given % body fat figure.  A lot depends on your
>priority of events (sprint, intermediate, etc.); your priority of strokes
>(back, ***, etc.); the specific gravity of the medium you intend to swim
>in (ultra-salty Dead Sea at negative altitude, distilled deuterium-depleted
>water at 5000 meters altitude in Katmandu, etc.)[...]

As someone who once swam in Kathmandu (and even won my event), I feel the
need to point out that Kathmandu is far closer to 5000 ft in altitude than
5000 m.  The water I swam in was chlorinated and heated but neither
distilled nor deuterium-depleted.  I was swimming at the American Compound
(Phoraa Darbaar), but I believe the water in the pool at the National
Stadium is similarly treated.  My body fat percentage was in the single
digits at that time, but I was not female.  (I'm still not.)

We now return you to serious discussion.

--Eric