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Post by Tom » Sat, 17 Sep 1994 05:05:08


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> I'm not a swimmer at all, never been as a matter of fact, but I have signed
> up for swimming lessons because my voice teacher wanted me to expand my
> chest which is an asset for any singer.  So, this is what I want to know.
> Is swimming really good for that?  Compared to weight training?  Which
> stroke is best?  Thanks.

A great singing swimmer's set is:

100 IM
Sing for 30 seconds
200 IM
Sing for 60 seconds
300 IM
Sing for 90 seconds
400 IM
Sing for 120 seconds

Here is another favorite:

8 X 200 backstroke pyramid sing, 30 sec rest in between repeats
  sing on 1st 50 of 1st 200, 1st 100 of 2nd 200, ...  all 200 of 4th 200
  repeat in reverse order

For distance butterfly workout:

2 X however long it takes to humm the long-version of Ina-Godda-Davida (sp?)
  by Iron Butterfly  (don't under-estimate this, its tough to humm the
  drum solo)

:-)
Sorry I couldn't resist.  I'm a little numb from Matt's 3300 yard IM set.
I'd vote for swimming over weight lifting.  Its more fun!  

 
 
 

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Post by Stephen Yu » Sat, 17 Sep 1994 03:12:47

I'm not a swimmer at all, never been as a matter of fact, but I have signed
up for swimming lessons because my voice teacher wanted me to expand my
chest which is an asset for any singer.  So, this is what I want to know.
Is swimming really good for that?  Compared to weight training?  Which
stroke is best?  Thanks.

 
 
 

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Post by Judy Trenc » Sat, 17 Sep 1994 22:10:55


Quote:

>I'm not a swimmer at all, never been as a matter of fact, but I have
signed
>up for swimming lessons because my voice teacher wanted me to expand my
>chest which is an asset for any singer.  So, this is what I want to
know.
>Is swimming really good for that?  Compared to weight training?  Which
>stroke is best?  Thanks.

Had lung capacity measured a couple of years ago, it was 50% over what
was normal for my age.  
It won't happen overnight, but it will improve.

 
 
 

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Post by Ann Mart » Sun, 18 Sep 1994 00:26:39


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>I'm not a swimmer at all, never been as a matter of fact, but I have signed
>up for swimming lessons because my voice teacher wanted me to expand my
>chest which is an asset for any singer.  So, this is what I want to know.
>Is swimming really good for that?  Compared to weight training?  Which
>stroke is best?  Thanks.

 Hey Stephen,
  I'm not an expert on singing. --But an opinion I do have. Go for it!
 You will increase your lung capacity and that is what your teacher
wants you to do. Other things about your body will change for the better
too.
  Remember,you read it HERE.
--Ann in CA
 
 
 

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Post by Katie Hen » Sun, 18 Sep 1994 12:23:36

|>
|> I'm not a swimmer at all, never been as a matter of fact, but I have signed
|> up for swimming lessons because my voice teacher wanted me to expand my
|> chest which is an asset for any singer.  So, this is what I want to know.
|> Is swimming really good for that?  Compared to weight training?  Which
|> stroke is best?  Thanks.

It sure has increased my lung capacity. I don't think the stroke matters.
What's important is that you learn to control your breathing and get the
most mileage out of every breath. Other exercises (such as weights or
running) aren't as good for this because you can breathe whenever
you want.

katie