Every sport has its enduring, but totally groundless myths. When it comes to swimming, the all-time champ is probably the one about body fat as an indispensable aid to doing well.
While it’s mostly the sinewy triathletes and runners at my swim camps who have fallen under this fictitious spell, it could be any ectomorphic would-be swimmer. “Thanks for trying to turn me into a good swimmer. But, I don’t have enough buoyancy to do anything except sink like a stone,” goes the lament.
But you do! And this should convince you: Tom Dolan, once America’s best hope for Olympic medals in distance freestyle and a world record holder in the 400-meter individual medley, has a razor-thin three percent body fat. Floating is obviously not the issue.