Should I Swim?

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    Apr 18, 2011 2:10 PM GMT
    im joining the gym again this week and plan to go every second day from now on. they have a 50 meter pool there too. my question is should i swim? i am 21, 10 stone (i think thats 140 lbs?) 5'10. i want to get bigger, look bigger, put on weight but because i have a small body frame this is hard to do. ive been told not to swim as it makes you loose weight but ive also heard that swimming a lot gives you broad shoulders and a broader body frame which is what i want. i hope to get up to at least 11 stone by the end of the summer but im confused about how much swimming i should do. id really appreciate any suggestions, thanks : )
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    Apr 19, 2011 10:11 AM GMT
    ah come on lads, any suggestions?
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    Apr 19, 2011 10:28 AM GMT
    You can swim and still build muscle. Treat swimming like you would weight-lifting for muscle size... high intensity (high weights), low reps (low meters), with lots of rest. If you look at sprinters, they tend to have the more muscular builds than long distance swimmers.

    Search for sprint workouts (low distance, both per swim and total). Don't just jump in and start sprinting though. Make sure you warmup / cooldown properly, and find workouts that are designed for sprinters.
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    Apr 19, 2011 10:38 AM GMT
    nice one, thanks for the advice man icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 19, 2011 10:48 AM GMT
    I agree, some sprint/speed work sounds like it would meet your goals best. Again, warm up for 5-10 minutes first and cool down with a 100-200 yard swim. In addition to freestyle work, i would suggest butterfly as it will build your shoulders and chest the most.
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    May 21, 2011 3:03 AM GMT
    get some hand paddles, that would give you the shoulders...
  • GLSXF99

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    May 21, 2011 3:09 AM GMT
    Felipe1985 saidget some hand paddles, that would give you the shoulders...


    make sure you learn at least some technique before just splashing about... it will allow you to maximize your workout. This is important for hand paddles/gloves since the potential for shoulder injury is greater.
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    May 21, 2011 3:11 AM GMT
    Sure! Though I did hear deadly box jellyfish sometimes randomly spawn in fitness center pools. Happy swimming! =D