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It’s Mrs W that says I swim much like a cannonball.

The cheek, huh?!

Although if truth be told, I can actually muster a one or two lengths…when the pool is calm.

This confession often comes as a bit of a surprise to people when I tell them.

Being a personal trainer and the sporty sort, many people assume that I’d be a good swimmer.

But as a nipper I never learnt properly.

A couple of asthma attacks in the pool put me off and when I became an adult it was never a priority.

But times have changed and it’s time to take the plunge <== awful pun!

What’s brought about this change.

Well, just got back from my hols and my daughter was loving swimming.

Maybe, it’s my competitive side, but I can’t have my 2 year old swimming better than me :)

Plus, I’ve got my heart set on a kayak and Mrs W has told me in no uncertain terms that I must learn to swim properly before going out alone.

As much as I want a kayak, sitting in my back garden pretending to paddle, isn’t quite what I had in mind so I’ve no choice.

The thing is, it’s a wee-bit scary.

I’ve got to get over that self consciousness of being a newbie, which in my case means flailing arms and legs, whilst sucking on air.

Now, the way I see it is that there are two ways to handle starting a new activity.

1. Do your homework: read about the topic/activity, educate yourself and then see if you can put it into practice.

2. Get some help: if you’re a bit impatient or time is of the essence hire an expert coach/instructor who can cut down the learning time.

Me, I’m a bit of a geek, so I always do some research and fill my head with more information than I actually need :)

But I’ll also book in for some lessons in the next few weeks to give myself a fighting chance of beating my 2 year old to the other end of the pool.

Joking aside, if you’re thinking of taking up a new activity, whether it be swimming or even losing weight, you can use either of the above approaches.

It just a shame that so many people don’t.

They join a gym and either jump straight onto a cross-trainer for 40 odd minutes or go and push a few weights around with no real thought as to whether there is a more effective way of getting results.

Just something to think about…

I’ll kep you updated on my swimming exploits over the coming weeks, but if you have any tips for me, other than wearing armbands, let me know :)

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Gavin Walsh
Gavin Walsh

A British fitness and fat loss magician that helps men and women lose the jelly from their belly pronto. Gavin is the head coach here at Body Fixers and has been featured in the likes of Men's Health, Women's Health and Men's Fitness, as well appearing on British TV several times with delightful nuggets of fitness and fat loss wisdom.

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