Swimming for Beginners: Learn the Freestyle and Tone Your Body in 6 Weeks!

Learn the foundations of swimming -- and how to burn 500 calories an hour -- with this six-week immersion program from swim coach Liz Kennedy (13 Photos)

Liz Kennedy on Jun 20, 2012 at 11:05AM

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a Liz Kennedy on Jun 20, 2012 at 11:07AM

Check out your local gym, YMCA, recreational center, community pool or search for a pool in your area on the U.S. Masters Swimming website. Choose a snug-fitting, one-piece suit, made of a streamline material such as Lycra for support and coverage. Buy a latex, Lycra or nylon swim cap to keep your hair out of your face and protect it from the damaging effects of chlorine. And nd invest in a decent pair of goggles that won’t leak or fog. Find discounted swim gear at Kiefer.com.

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