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Who Says you Can’t Learn How To Swim From Watching YouTube

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When I told Dude that I learnt how to swim from watching youTube videos, he was horrified and yet amazed that I’d not drowned during all those times I went swimming. He was convinced that I was doing everything wrong and that he must rectify this situation immediately, so over the weekend, we went swimming.

I must say that he was pleasantly surprised that I could in fact swim and relatively well, though not as efficient as I could be. It helped that I already knew how to swim a little when I started watching the videos. I just needed to get over my fear of the deep end of the pool and increase my stamina, which I did when I went swimming regularly the year before last. I’ve since lost all that stamina and most of the muscle I put on as I’ve not been swimming as regularly as I’d like.


Anyway, the lesson was about an hour or so but in that hour, he taught me how to tread water properly, how to increase your lung capacity and the proper way to kick while doing the breast stroke. Basically, he didn’t have to start from the very basics and I was already comfortable in the water. It was one of the most fun dates that we’ve ever had actually and I’m actually looking forward to the next lesson.

Just in case you’re wondering which video I was watching for ‘lessons’, it’s this one:

He’s got a couple of videos on swimming too, if anyone is interested.

So yes, you can learn how to swim from YouTube, provided you already knew some of the basics before hand. Unlike Sheldon Cooper of The Big Bang Theory, I do practice in a pool and not just pretend to swim on dry land.


Workout Week 1 : OMG, The Pain!

Remember when I said that I finally found the perfect workout programme for me and how excited I was to start it? Yeah well, I never got around to starting it until this week. I did woke up earlier than normal and after a couple of rounds of Sun Salutations to warm up, I finally started my work out.

Day 1

Push-ups (5 sets, knee push-ups): 2-3-2-2-3
Squats (5 sets): 8-8-5-5-20

Day 2

Push-ups (5 sets, knee push-ups): 3-4-2-3-4
Squats (5 sets): 8-11-8-8-20

Day 3

Push-ups (5 sets, knee push-ups): 4-5-4-4-5
Squats (5 sets): 11-12-10-10-20

I didn’t ache at all after doing the work out on the first day, just a little jelly-like feeling on the legs but by the time I got home that evening, the muscles were starting to ache; both the arms and legs. I actually enjoyed the ache. After Day 2 and 3, I barely ache at all and I think that’s a good thing. I’m hoping that all this work out will pay off.


30 Before 30: Creating A Calisthenics Workout Programme For Myself – Squats & Push-ups

In my 30 Before 30 list, I mentioned that I wanted to create a >calisthenic programme for myself since I’m in need of a good workout and toning for my body.

I’d never heard of calisthenics before until Dude told me about it, since it’s part of his workout regime and he swears by it. It’s a simple kind of work out using just your bodyweight and no equipment needed. Since I don’t particularly like going to the gym where people stare at you while you work out, it’s the perfect thing for me to work out at home.

Dude suggested that I try the 200 Squats and the 100 Push-up programmes as the combination of the two gives you a full body work out. After reading through it, I agree.

Anyway, since it’s a 6 week programme, I want to start next Monday but I will need to do the initial tests first, hopefully on Saturday. That will give me enough time for the body to recover before the actual workout begins.

I need to be disciplined about this work out and hopefully, I’ll see an improvement after the 6 weeks are done.

Other than the two programmes, there are other series of workouts that I’m interested in trying, like the cheapest home exercise routine and the no-gear total-body work out. It should be easily done at home since it doesn’t require anything other than a mat, which I already have.

So wish me luck and I’m really hoping that I can do this.