The reason why a male swimmer's body is so sexy is because they have low body fat ratio so that their well toned muscles can be seen and not covered by too much body fat. Although low in body fat, swimmers body fat ratio are not as low as professional bodybuilders during competition whose bodies have veins popping out with ripped railway track definitions.
The swimmer's body is defined by Wisegeek as a high level of muscle tone with a lack of bulk and is a universally attractive body shape.
So the question you probably will ask is how much swimming do you need to get a swimmer's body, right? The answer is none, if you want to and know how to. Surprised?
This is because swimming a lot is not the most effective way of getting a swimmer's bodyshape. Ouch, another surprise eh? Yes, swimming is a great cardio vascular low impact exercise, but it isn't going to build you the muscular Olympic swimmer's physique. This is because the resistance of the water is too low to be effective in building muscles.
Therefore the best way to build a swimmer's body is, guess what? Weight Training. Not any weight training, but specific training designed for you to get a swimmer's body. This should be combined with interval training cardio exercises to lose body fat and to get the lean hard body look.
So how long will it take for you to get the swimmer's build? Well, that will depend on your present fitness level and physical condition at the moment. For those with low body fat and have good genetic predisposition, it could be as little as 12 weeks. It will take a tad longer for you if you have high body fat or are a hardgainer. Then again, there are also other factors involved such as the availability for you to exercise often, being able to have good nutrition and your lifestyle habits.
On the average, you can see results faster if you exercise correctly coupled with the right nutrition. Yes, professional swimmers do eat a lot. Michael Phelps once said he eats 12,000 calories a day. However, you are not an Olympic swimmer like him who swims and exercise 5 or more hours a day. So do not eat as much as the professional swimmers but just enough for you to get the bodyshape that you desire.
Using weight resistance exercises to build muscle and high intensity interval cardio training to reduce body fat is not something new and all qualified personal trainers should be able to plan a good program for you. Plus modern advances in nutrition, you should be able to your desired bodyshape sooner rather than later. So plan your workouts and nutrition with a clear objective of getting a swimmer's physique and not that of a bodybuilder and you will soon get the admirable male professional swimmer's build.