How to warm up for swimming? Do ‘The Egyptian’ with Rip Esselstyn

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Most of us know that warming up before diving head first into a workout helps prevent injury.

That holds true with swimming, and nobody demonstrates a stylish warmup better than former University of Texas swimmer Rip Esselstyn, author of “The Engine 2 Diet.”

Rip Esselstyn, author of “The Engine 2 Diet,” demonstrates a move he calls “The Egyptian” before swim practice this week. Photo by Pam LeBlanc/Austin American-Statesman

Esselstyn, one of my teammates on the U.S. Masters Swim team at Western Hills Athletic Club, stands on deck before swim practice, flapping his arm like a member of The Bangles doing their signature 1980s hit, “Walk Like an Egyptian.”

It makes me laugh, and by watching the video above, you can see the effect it had on five-time Olympic medalist Ian Crocker, who coached this morning’s practice.

It looks funny, but Esselstyn’s warmup habit is a good one. As we get older, our bodies need more time to warmup. Read more about fitness after 50 in an upcoming Fit City column.


Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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