Altho my bf% is not low at all, i'm still packing on a good amount of muscle. And I tend to sink whenever I get into a pool, no matter how hard I kick and stroke I just can't stay up. The only solution I found that helps is to wear flippers or swim with a floatation device.
One life guard said to me it's prob due to my muscle density, being a big guy & carry good amount of muscle, that I just sink like a dead weight. So as a result I don't enjoy swimming and trips to the pool as much as I did years ago.
Don't swim while holding weights, it's a no win situation...
Kidding,... yeah, I tend to sink too, whatcha gonna do? -lol Cutler talked a while back about how he and his wife went scubaing (or something) when they were on vacation, and because he couldn't stay afloat, he ended up just sitting on the boat watching his wife swim.
SEALs, pararescue, Combat divers, lifegaurds, etc. are usually in pretty good shape and have a good amount of muscle and lower bf%. They usually do pretty good at swimming, too. Learn to swim and breath correctly in the water. Almost anyone, fat or muscular, sinks in water if they're letting all their air out. Lots of bodybuilders, excepting Cutler apparently, have enjoyed swimming.
SEALs and pararescue types are certainly fit, but they are always well within normal ranges far as body mass, for example: 5'11 180lbs my teenage kids jump in deep water and they naturally rise to the top, and stay afloat with little effort. That doesn't happen for me i'm 5'8 way over 250lbs with a gut.
This is true. My step dad is SEALs, he is one of the bigger guys on his team, and hes 6'1,200. The biggest guy on the team is about 240 and he's the only guy close to that size. While guys like my step dad are certainly fit as hell with very little bf, im sure its a lot easier to keep his 200 afloat vs my 260, or someone like cutler who is in excess of 300 in his off season.
Gotcha, and I do agree. I use to be a pretty damn impressive swimmer as a fat kid (seriously) but now I am just a slow mess trying to keep himself afloat - lol. Can't say my stroke has changed any, but then again I don't have a coach like I use to so I can only do it the way I know, haha.
I understand this. But if there are two guys with high muscle density relative to their weight that both sink, and one weighs 75 lbs more than the other, i would think he's going to have to exert more energy to stay afloat.