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Body types

Apr 11, 2018
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#1
Hi all
I am beginning in Freediving. I have a larger upper body than lower body. I know it sounds like a cop-out but my legs are not that strong. Is there a certain workout routine that i should be doing? I live in the Northeast US where apparently there are zero other freedivers, and i dont have anyone to train with. Just musing to myself on the forum. thanks for listening
 
Feb 4, 2018
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#2
Never skip leg day. ;)

Do you swim much? If not, start there. Do laps with fins, laps without. Do aerobic and anaerobic pool workouts.

Do you work out? If so, get squatting to build strength, do some metcon style workouts too, to give you aerobic and anaerobic conditioning. That should work pretty well. Though the best practice is actual freediving.
 
OP
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Apr 11, 2018
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New York
#3
Never skip leg day. ;)

Do you swim much? If not, start there. Do laps with fins, laps without. Do aerobic and anaerobic pool workouts.

Do you work out? If so, get squatting to build strength, do some metcon style workouts too, to give you aerobic and anaerobic conditioning. That should work pretty well. Though the best practice is actual freediving.
How did you know i hate leg day? LOL

Thanks for advice. I am not consistent swimming so that's where i need to start. I do work out, again, consistency is key for me. And yes squats really make my legs sore so im sure that's where i need to focus. As far as actual freediving i am trapped in the Northeast where it's almost impossible to find somewhere but i'll remember :)
 

Jellythings

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Oct 5, 2017
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Central FL
#4
Yep... water is the key. Long physical story, but my legs are totally screwed up. The only thing that helps is getting into the water for at least 1 one hour session per week. I have 5mm, 3mm and 1.5 suits so I can go year round. Thee is a murky lake just down the street which I use and some clear ponds within 20mi of me. I don't use the local pool which is only 1/2mi away because the staff never cleans it and it is completely disgusting. :)
 

Pinniped72

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May 18, 2013
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Hampshire
#5
Squats are good but don't forget to stretch post exercise, you don't want to loose flexibility. Also scissor kicks, the core plays a big part in any exercise, especially finning I agree though, the best exercise will be actually using your fins, you'll be strengthening the tendons as well as the muscles and not neglecting ankle flexibility. If I want to really work, I put on my Cressi master frog fins when there's a spring tide and just fin against the tide. It's good on multiple levels, it's good exercise and it firmly reminds me the seas in charge!
 
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Apr 11, 2018
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New York
#6
Thanks for all the advice. I feel like i am "cheating" when i use fins but they do tend to make my legs work hard! Now if i could just find a pool where they will not try to drag me out of the water for trying to be a fish!