Mythbusters-Pool Edition:
Common Swimming Myths Exposed

Did you know that more than 50% of all the information contained on the web is just plain false?

(Did you know that most statistics are made up completely out of thin air? ☺ Like that last one…)

With so much information floating around the Web these days, it doesn’t surprise me that I come across so much misinformation, half-truths, myths, and downright lies about the sport of swimming.

Swimming myths abound on the Internet, and as the piles of blogs, posts, tweets, and uploads grow, it becomes increasingly more difficult to separate fact from fiction.

In fact, I come across so many annoying swimming myths in my research that I realized I could devote an entire section to the topic.

Here is my initial compilation of some of the most common Swimming Myths I keep running into.

I want to know what you think about these controversial topics.

Read what I have to say, and then it's your turn...

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Swimming Myths:

  • Swimming is good exercise, BUT...Myths
    • Swimming is good exercise, BUT it's not good for weight loss...
    • Swimming is good exercise, BUT it's not good for people with osteoporosis
    • Swimming is good exercise, BUT it will make me lose muscle (men) or it will make me bulk up (women)...
  • Swimming Technique Myths
  • Swimming Gear Myths
    • You need a lot of fancy equipment to get a good swimming workout...
    • Pull buoys are good for immobilizing your lower body so you can work on your upper body technique...
    • Using a kickboard will help you strengthen your kick...
    • Swim paddles are necessary to build upper body strength, and every serious swimmer should use them...
  • Other Myths


What's Your Take on These Swimming Controversies?

Do you have a personal experience that would support or disprove one of these myths?

Have you heard of any scientific research that would help us prove or disprove one of these hotly debated issues?

Or maybe you're fed up with hearing people repeat some other swimming "fact" you know is a lie and want to report a new myth to bust.

Here is your chance to voice your comments, questions, and helpful suggestions about anything related to swimming myths...

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