How To Get A Swimmer’s Body Without Even Getting Your Feet Wet

Ask any given person on the street or acquaintance what the most attractive athletic body type is and odds are you will hear them say a swimmer’s body is the most appealing.  Although some might debate that a different type of body is sexier the truth is they will probably rank it somewhere in the top 2 positions.


Having the genetics of a swimmer does help so I will not lie about that.  However, 99 percent of us are not and will never be athletic swimmers.  This does not mean that we can’t look as athletic as a swimmer.  In fact learning how to get a swimmer’s body is not difficult at all.

What makes this body type so attractive?

The reason this body type is attractive to so many men and women is quite simply that this body is lean without being too bulky.  Most people do not like the Incredible Hulk look.  However, swimmers have a natural yet muscular look that is low in body fat that shows off their definition.

A second factor that makes their bodies attractive is the fact that their physical dimensions are even.  In other words the upper body is equally muscular as their lower body.  One body part does not overpower the other.

So what does it take to look like a swimmer?

Have a low fat diet:  Yes you have heard it before but there is no other way around it.  You have to eat healthy in order to keep your body fat low.

Do Interval Type Cardio Training:  Forget about running miles and hours week after week.  Look at swimmers, specifically the short distance swimmers like Amanda Beard or Michael Phelps (pictured above).  Both swimmers compete in fast races that are similar to short distance track runners.  In order to copy these conditions it is best to do interval type cardio for 15 to 20 minutes.  This type of training can be done either in a pool or using any other type of cardio exercise.

Do Weights In Heavier Range:  Instead of lifting weights in the high rep range lift around six to eight repetitions per set.  Any type of equipment can be used like dumbbells, barbells, kettlebells, machines and even training with resistance bands.  More importantly to do not neglect any given body part.  Do workouts that target the shoulders, back, arms, chest and legs.

If anyone wonders how to get a swimmer’s body the three factors I point out are the ones mentioned above.

However it has been said so often that what distinguishes a swimmer’s body from any other athlete is their upper body, specifically the shoulders and back.

Here is a sample workout to develop a strong swimmer’s back

  • Pull Ups:  Use a slightly wider than shoulder width grip.  Do as many as you can per set.
  • Rows:  Use any machine, barbell or dumbbells.
  • Lat Pulldowns:  Use a lat pulldown machine with a slightly wider than shoulder width grip.  In the absence of a pulldown machine feel free to do close grip pull-ups.
  • Low Rows:  Use a low row machine.  The low rows are excellent in giving upper back development as well rear deltoid development.  You can also do this exercise with dumbbells by leaning chest first into an incline bench.  Let your arms hang straight down with a dumbbell in each hand.  Bring the weigh up and back.

Do 4 sets of 6 to 8 repetitions.  For Pull-ups do as many as possible even if you can only do one or two.  You will do more with time and this will help you gain strength that will help with other upper body workouts.

As you can see it is not necessary to get in a pool and swim.  If you do not know how to swim you can still achieve a swimmer’s body by following the steps mentioned above and different workouts like the back workout outlined in this article.

Now that you know how to get a swimmer’s body try these tips and tell me what you think.