Swim Center @ Westminster School



Why Swimming?

"Swimming is a great total-body workout. Swimming not only strengthens the arms, shoulders, and legs, it also works the abdominal muscles, hips, buttocks, and back. And that's just the half of it: with every stroke, you're also conditioning your lungs, heart, and vascular system."

            - Fitness Swimmer, Nov/Dec 1999


Water is the Great Equalizer!
What other activity is available to such a wide cross section of society? From a six-month old "WaterBaby" to a 100-year-old (and beyond) U.S. Masters swimmer, and every age in between; From the very fit to the very sedentary; from the tallest to the shortest; From the skilled athlete to the somewhat uncoordinated...the water's buoyancy provides a weightless environment where everyone can thrive!


Do It Safely in the Water!
Recovering from back surgery? Injure yourself running or lifting? Just beginning an exercise program? The water's unique combination of buoyancy and resistance offer an environment that puts very little stress on your bones and joints while offering constant resistance to your every move. And the water is much more efficient than air in removing excess heat--allowing you to work out at a higher level without overheating. Get a safe and thorough workout of your entire body--in much less time and with much less risk of injury!


All Ages & Skill Levels
Whether you're a seasoned competitor or a beginner of any age, the water offers a wide variety of options: lap swimming, water walking or jogging, water fitness classes, swim lessons, or simply relaxing. Come on in--the water is GREAT!


Lose Those Extra Pounds
From the January 20, 2003 issue of Newsweek : "Studies   show exercise can promote long term health no matter how much you weigh... Combined with a healthy diet, it also staves off obesity. How many calories does your workout burn?" the author asked. Swimming, at 790 calories per hour was number one, beating out every other exercise activity including walking (325 cal/hr), aerobics (505 cal/hr), and running (720 cal/hr for 10 minute mile pace).