Swimming - Bad for Bulking Up?

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    Feb 28, 2011 11:22 AM GMT
    I'm looking to bulk up so working out with heavy weights at least three times a week, but I also like to swim, partly because it's a good stretch/cool down for me after the weights, but also because it's one of the only forms of cardio I enjoy.

    I know that when bulking up you should avoid too much cardio as it just burns up the calories you need to grow, but I was wondering how much is too much? I would probably be swimming around 2 hours per week in total, is that going to hinder my muscle growth at all?
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    Mar 01, 2011 3:29 AM GMT
    I'm not sure whether swimming only two hours per week would adversely affect mass building for you, but perhaps swimming for resistance instead of speed (i.e. using zoomer fins and swim gloves and modifying your stroke technique to be more inefficient like I do) will actually increase your mass!
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    Mar 01, 2011 3:46 AM GMT
    swimming is a resistance cardio that will work your muscles and should actually improve your lean muscle. Wear a drag suit and use paddles.
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    Mar 01, 2011 3:48 AM GMT
    I would do more speed workout in the pool and throw in some butterfly to offset the cardio's impact (fins and paddles for resistance would work too). Sprinters are built differently than long-distance runners...more muscle mass for the former, so that's why I think the speed workout in the pool would give you the same results. Overall, I don't think it's a big issue for your goals.
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    Mar 01, 2011 3:56 AM GMT
    Do you want to look like this:
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    Or like this:
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    Swimming tones, leans, and strengthens, but will not bulk you up. That being said, swimming only 2 hours a week will not hinder your muscle growth, in my opinion.
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    Mar 01, 2011 9:09 AM GMT
    Bunjamon saidDo you want to look like this:
    g113-kiefer-suits.jpg

    Or like this:
    1548532327063016.jpg

    Swimming tones, leans, and strengthens, but will not bulk you up. That being said, swimming only 2 hours a week will not hinder your muscle growth, in my opinion.


    Neither of them! The first one is too lean for me and the second one just looks weird icon_razz.gif

    I've not heard of zoomer fins before, but I might see about getting them, and/or swim gloves to increase resistance. Good to hear though that consensus is it won't really effect me bulking up.
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    Mar 01, 2011 9:16 AM GMT
    The top one too lean? He's fuckin hot!
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    Mar 01, 2011 10:11 AM GMT
    Swimming won't do a hell of alot unless you train at least every other day for a good session. That means different strokes different paces.

    But you should be a pretty good swimmer to begin either way otherwise you'll just be thrashing around and it won't give your muscles the chance to work the water.

    best muscle workouts you can do in the pool in my opinion is doing sets of at least 200m just legs either with or without zoomer fins and then the same set with perhaps a bit more meters like 250 with just arms. Try doing different strokes.

    AND NEVER EVER USE PADDLES WHILE DOING BUTTERFLY UNLESS YOU'RE A REALLY STRONG BUTTERFLY SWIMMER BECAUSE YOU WILL OVERTRAIN YOUR SHOULDER
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    Mar 01, 2011 10:35 AM GMT
    beau_boi saidThe top one too lean? He's fuckin hot!


    We're not assessing the hotness, that is not the body type that I am aspiring to.

    Btw, in case it makes a difference, I am only doing breast stroke.
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    Mar 01, 2011 10:38 AM GMT
    Pure said
    beau_boi said

    Btw, in case it makes a difference, I am only doing breast stroke.


    Then tru putting a pullbuoy or board between your legs and njust do breaststroke arms... and later just do breaststroke legs.

    If you're just doing swimming low pace for relaxation don't worry about it having an effect on your body.
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    Mar 01, 2011 10:44 AM GMT
    Whenever I use a pullbouy I feel slighty stupid haha....but its actually a great aid in the pool.
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    Mar 01, 2011 11:00 AM GMT
    AnonymousBart saidIf you're just doing swimming low pace for relaxation don't worry about it having an effect on your body.


    I'm doing breast stroke but at a fast pace, if that makes sense! Basically just doing as many lengths as I can in whatever time I have per session.