The ideal weight for a swimmer should be around 99 to 190 pounds. However, There are many factors to consider when choosing the right weight for a swimmer.
Male swimmers tend to gain weight in their legs and belly, but this is not ideal as it would make them sink. Women can benefit from carrying a little extra fat, but shouldn’t go overboard.
Most female athletes carry between 8 and 15 percent fat, but swimmers usually have a bit more between 14 and 24 percent.
Overweight individuals have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
The body fat percentage of female swimmers is lower than that of males. It is considered healthy for women to have a body fat percentage below 30 percent.
However, this isn’t always the ideal body composition. Competitive athletes are expected to be leanest and slimmest. A very lean swimmer may have trouble keeping their legs horizontal but in a competition it is necessary.
A male and female swimmer should never be too underweight or too underfed.