>>Ok. It is time to stir up a little controversy in the group here.
>>Bottom line question: Does weightlifting help the endurance athlete?
>> Why or why not?
Does lifting help the endurance athlete? I would have to say yes, and here's
why. The more you lift, the more your muscles get used to being tired. When
your muscles get used to this, you will be able to go longer and faster than
you used to, especially if you are shaved and tapered.
>>Other questions: Will upper body exercises improve overall swimming
>> performance, particularly endurance?
Oh boy you'd better believe that! I have had so much success when I started
lifting weights seriously last year. I have not only bulked in the places that
I need to bulk (i.e. triceps,thighs,calves) I have had more endurance within
the pool. For example, last year I had trouble getting a good 2nd 100 in the
200 back. I would have a great 1st 100 but I wouldhave nothing to come back
on. However, when I did start lifting weights, I noticed that I had more
energy and strength to bring back that last 100, thus resulting in a whopping 8
sec drop in my time!
>> Which is better, free weights or Nautilus?
neither, for both should be used. Free weights are good for bulking up certain
parts of your body, but it tends to put a lot of stress on the other muscles.
Nautilus does not put as much stress, for the machines are designed to isolate
a certain group of muscles. But, you should try to do both.
>> Are leg exercises useful?
Do Birds fly? Yes the help. Look at Berkoff and Zubero and you tell me if
they work their legs or not.
>> How much is too much weightlifting, again for the
>> endurance athlete?
When your swimming starts to suffer for it. Our endurance swimmers tend to do
different excercises than say the sprint group for obvious reasons. The D-Men
do fewer excercises, but they do them for a longer amount of time, say 3-5
minutes per excercise vs a little over a minute for the sprinters. It just
depends on the swimmer and the program that he or she is on. You will know
when you are lifting too much, cause your body'll tell ya!
>>My thoughts: I have been lifting for about a month now. I saw a
>> nice drop in my 100 yd swim time (1:22 vs 1:25-1:28)
>> after one month.
>> At the same time, I am seeing increases in my
>> strength, as measured by the number of reps and
>> maximum weight lifted.