Both men and women admire the well proportioned male competitive swimmer’s physiques. The physiques of these athletes are regarded by some as the epitome of the perfect male body. They are strong looking but not too muscular like bodybuilders, lithe and supple, almost like those of the mythical Greek gods.
How these swimmers developed such magnificent physiques? Is it by swimming regularly? Well, the answer is not exactly that. Although swimming is an excellent exercise, this is not how male swimmers developed their body shape. If you are surprised, you are not alone.
You see, you have only watched swimmers compete and practice in the swimming pools, but you have never or rarely seen them going to the gym to condition and strengthen themselves and that is where their fabulous bodies and muscles are mostly developed.
So if you want to develop a competitive male swimmer’s physique, you can be sure that swimming everyday will not get you there if you are not going to lift weights and eat right! Ah, now that I have gotten that out of my chest, we will then proceed to see what swimmers do to get their body in such a beautiful state.
Firstly, if you have excessive body fat, the first thing to do is to lose them. If your body fat is covering up your muscles, how can you then be able to reveal that well toned body of a swimmer? So strive to get your body fat ratio down to 12% or below. It is only through low body fat ratio of 12% and below that your six pack abdominal muscles can show up.
Furthermore, as one of the more noticeable features of a swimmer’s body is his slim waist line and broad back, then this will be more reason for you to lose fat in your mid-section to get rid of your love handles.
Next, although swimming is a great cardiovascular workout, swimmers do include other cardio workouts in their routine to improve their endurance, stamina and to burn more fat. This is the reason why they look so fit, flexible and supple.
Of course when it comes to losing fat, you must also watch what you eat. So consume less calories from fat and refined carbs and increase your protein intake to build muscles. Add more fibers to your diet for better digestion and detoxification. In this way, you will not put on extra pounds of fat, but solid muscles instead.
However, your muscles cannot develop properly if you do not train with weights. In fact, your weight training must incorporate specific swimmer’s functional exercises to get the swimmer’s body shape. That means not just any exercise or workout will do, but exercises that develop the muscles that make up a competitive swimmer’s physique.
So choose exercises that work out your back and shoulders to have the V shape upper body, exercises that work out your chest to get the Adonis upper body and your core muscles to get the six pack abs.
Do not neglect your lower body, or else you will look unbalanced and awkward when you are in your swimming trunk! Oh, before I forget, you may swim as often as you like or not at all and yet be able to build a swimmer’s physique. Get the drift?