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Old 04-02-2003, 10:43 AM   #4
Ryan Atkins
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I agree with you John, swimming is boring (I quit after two seasons in high school to resume martial arts training). A mentor of mine told me about an interesting study. The researchers took a group of swimmers and a group of gymnasts with similar muscle builds, heights and weights and had them do a series of bodyweight exercises (dips, pull-ups and others). End result - the gymnasts smoked the swimmers in all events. Probably no surprise given the nature of gymnastic training. However, my friend emphasized that the absence (or serious reduction)of gravity while exercising in the water may have been an important factor in the swimmers inability to perform activities in the 'real world.'

Coach - if this falls into the 'obvious and worthless' category of sport information that you talked about in a different post, then I apologize.
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