Lose Weight Swimming Breaststroke

Will I lose weight swimming breaststroke? I want to start swimming for weight loss and the most enjoyable style for me is the breaststroke. But, I don't like to put my face in the water. Will I look like a dummy if I swim laps like this?


Swimming breaststroke without putting your face in the water is probably one of the most common ways of swimming. The fact that it is technically incorrect is of no importance if that is the way you wish to swim.

My dilemma is whether to advise you about your swimming or assess your appearance as a dummy!

Joking aside, if weight loss is your goal then go for it. Swimming is arguably one of the best ways of burning calories, toning your muscles and changing your body shape. But keep one very important thing in mind…

Swim Out Of Your Comfort Zone


Swimming is easy to take it easy. If you poodle up and down the pool at a gentle pace it will not be a challenge to your body. You will then burn very little calories and the result will be little or no weight loss.

So, you absolutely must take yourself out of your comfort zone. In other words get out of breath in the same way you would if you were to do a workout at the gym.

To achieve this in the pool simply try swimming one length as fast as you can followed by a slower length to recover. Repeat this as many times as you can for at least 20 minutes.

As you become fitter and your weight goes down you will find it easy again, so change the pattern. Maybe do 2 lengths at speed and only one to recover. Maybe take a float and just use your legs to give them a workout. Maybe try one length full speed, one medium pace and then one slow.

Keep It Varied


There are hundreds of ways of varying your swimming even if you only swim one stroke one way. The point is to keep it challenging for your body and at the same time it remains interesting. Also your weight loss is less likely to plateau and your fitness and body shape will continue change the way you want it to.

Then you can look back at all those swimmers gently swimming up and down trying to convince themselves they are doing a workout. Who will be the dummies then?

Try A Different Swimming Stroke


The easiest way to swim out of your comfort zone is to try a more difficult swimming stroke. Giving your body and ultimately your muscles something different to do will burn tons of calories.

Click on a stroke for more information on how to swim it.

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