swimming the day after weight training..

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    Aug 30, 2011 8:09 PM GMT
    whats up guys? im doing weights monday, wednesday and friday and i swim on tuesday and thursday. is this ok to do or would the swimming wreck all the hard work in the gym the day before? (im a hardgainer and looking to put on mass at the moment). my trainer said it was ok but i just wanted to make sure.
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    Aug 30, 2011 9:21 PM GMT
    Your trainer should have said "try it a few weeks and see how your body responds."
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    Aug 30, 2011 9:24 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidYour trainer should have said "try it a few weeks and see how your body responds."


    Agreed. Most swimmers don't bulk up and depending on how much you are swimming you might end up building more lean muscle rather than putting on the mass you want. However, if you are emphasizing the weight training and keeping the swimming as supplemental you should be fine. Try it out and see. Everyone is different.
  • Lincsbear

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    Aug 30, 2011 9:32 PM GMT
    Your swimming will strengthen your heart and lungs and burn off any spare fat,making you look more muscled.But if you`re a hard gainer I`d not do any more.
    Make sure you eat enough protein(1.5g/kg. body weight) and calories (frequently) to maintain muscle growth;
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    Aug 30, 2011 9:32 PM GMT
    swmrh911 said
    paulflexes saidYour trainer should have said "try it a few weeks and see how your body responds."


    Agreed. Most swimmers don't bulk up and depending on how much you are swimming you might end up building more lean muscle rather than putting on the mass you want. However, if you are emphasizing the weight training and keeping the swimming as supplemental you should be fine. Try it out and see. Everyone is different.


    cool, thanks man. i only spend about 30 mins swimming and do about 40-60 mins weight training so i should be ok... ill see how it goes in the next few weeks
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    Aug 30, 2011 9:51 PM GMT
    Swimming is very low impact on the body
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    Aug 30, 2011 10:21 PM GMT
    gwuinsf saidSwimming is very low impact on the body
    Not if you include bellyflops off the high dive.
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    Aug 30, 2011 10:32 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    gwuinsf saidSwimming is very low impact on the body
    Not if you include bellyflops off the high dive.


    ha, im gonna try that now icon_biggrin.gif
  • tittan

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    Aug 31, 2011 12:56 AM GMT
    Hey dude, I am doing the same you are. HAve been trying to gain weight and muscle mass working out in the gym and with massive volume diets and it would not work... maybe not the right exercises at all... But now have started going to the swimming pool tuesdays and thursdays, which as someone said is low impact, works the full body so I think helps prevent lessions, and keeps joints healthy. And on top of that is a great aerobic exercise. Whether I do not get that much mass I dont care as far as I get a nice and healthy body. On top of that I think my chest is growing faster than ever, so I support you going to the gym and swimming, lol
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    Aug 31, 2011 1:09 AM GMT
    Stop lifting weights and just swim 5x a week. Swim 7 days a week. When you're old you will be grateful. Weight lifting is so unnatural for our bodies - the movement of our muscles on one plane. Exercises, like swimming, incorporate a multidimensional workout for your muscles. In the long run your body will look better and your muscles will actually be strong, not just big. Get swim lessons too. I promise you're not doing it right.
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    Aug 31, 2011 1:32 AM GMT
    gwuinsf saidSwimming is very low impact on the body


    haha not if you do a flip turn and slam your heels on the gutter. I did it once during a race and couldn't walk for a good 5 minutes.
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    Aug 31, 2011 1:22 PM GMT
    tittan saidHey dude, I am doing the same you are. HAve been trying to gain weight and muscle mass working out in the gym and with massive volume diets and it would not work... maybe not the right exercises at all... But now have started going to the swimming pool tuesdays and thursdays, which as someone said is low impact, works the full body so I think helps prevent lessions, and keeps joints healthy. And on top of that is a great aerobic exercise. Whether I do not get that much mass I dont care as far as I get a nice and healthy body. On top of that I think my chest is growing faster than ever, so I support you going to the gym and swimming, lol


    nice one man, im definitly gonna keep it up, your body looks great. plus i really like swimming too.
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    Aug 31, 2011 1:53 PM GMT
    I do very similar to you actually, I lift weights 3 times a week and I usually have a quick swim afterwards to help stretch out, then I have a longer swim (about 40 minutes) once or twice a week too. It's my only cardio so I don't feel like I'm overdoing it and I also find it's very good for reducing muscle soreness from lifting weights.

    Keep up with it and see how you get on, if you don't feel like you are progressing as much as you want to then make some changes.
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    Sep 01, 2011 8:37 AM GMT
    streamline saidStop lifting weights and just swim 5x a week. Swim 7 days a week. When you're old you will be grateful. Weight lifting is so unnatural for our bodies - the movement of our muscles on one plane. Exercises, like swimming, incorporate a multidimensional workout for your muscles. In the long run your body will look better and your muscles will actually be strong, not just big. Get swim lessons too. I promise you're not doing it right.


    erm... no.

    (1) Weights does not have to be one plane movement. See: body weight exercises, free weights.
    (2) Long run you look good from resistance training, not swimming
    (3) training 7 days a week is not ideal
  • bad_wolf

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    Sep 01, 2011 8:53 AM GMT
    I don't see the harm, a nice slow pace would be good for fat burn and toning, keeping you nice and trim in the right areas. The stretching through the long circular movements would be good for recovery, just assure your diet have enough protein and carb for the exercise and recovery.

    Also am doing the same myself from next week so it better do good things.
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    Sep 04, 2011 9:43 AM GMT
    Lostboy said
    streamline saidStop lifting weights and just swim 5x a week. Swim 7 days a week. When you're old you will be grateful. Weight lifting is so unnatural for our bodies - the movement of our muscles on one plane. Exercises, like swimming, incorporate a multidimensional workout for your muscles. In the long run your body will look better and your muscles will actually be strong, not just big. Get swim lessons too. I promise you're not doing it right.


    erm... no.

    (1) Weights does not have to be one plane movement. See: body weight exercises, free weights.
    (2) Long run you look good from resistance training, not swimming
    (3) training 7 days a week is not ideal


    Haha, yeah that's a bit of an extreme position. What's unnatural about picking up something heavy off the ground (a deadlift)? Or lifting yourself up onto something (a pull-up or pull-down)? Or putting something heavy on an overhead shelf (a shoulder press)? Or carrying something heavy across a room (a farmer's carry)?

    If your goal is to mimic natural movements (not a bad goal IMHO) then just focus on body weight and dumbell/kettlebell/barbell exercises as you mentioned.