Swimming/lifting mix for a skinny kid?

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    Dec 15, 2011 2:10 AM GMT
    So I've decided to make working out next semester a priority - definitely fell by the wayside this semester because of my course load. I was a swimmer in high school and love working out that way - anyone know any plan that mixes swimming with lifting that's manageable for a full time student? Or is mixing the two even effective? Not really trying to get big, just more defined, stronger, more fit in general. Any tips are greatly appreciated!
  • tuffguyndc

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    Dec 15, 2011 3:18 AM GMT
    the only problem i foresee is that you will probably be doing a bit of over training sometimes. I think it would be best for you to do heavy weight lifting during your off season. do more of a circuit training during the season. That way you can maintain the muscle that you have managed to put on during the off season
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    Dec 15, 2011 3:54 AM GMT
    In swimming what we did was land strenght training three times a week hit the pool every day like always. What I would suggest is you do that. the thing about it thought is if you want to be more defined then do light weight and more reps. If it's bulk you want then more weight and less reps increase weight with each rep so you can max out. I'll follow this forum and see if I can find my old swimming work out and post it here or message you. It's been a while but I've been cleaning out the "closet" so to speak trying to move back in to my parents place while I find a job or get in to grad school. Either way... hope what little advice I gave helps.
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    Dec 15, 2011 6:04 AM GMT
    It sounds like swimming is motivating for you. So I'd bring the weights in to support that. Otherwise, to me, it's a bit of an odd mix in that depending on the type of swimming you're talking about (long course over sprints?) you could be working against your interests longterm. If you're wanting to build speed in the water, and you're working a lot with technique already (90% of the speed outcome) then doing core strength, shoulder stability, and hamstring/quad strengthening can help your swimming. For long-course, I'd concentrate on core strength, rather than adding bulk up top -- distance swimmers are aerobic athletes using slow-twitch muscles that don't do a lot of bulking anyway. My science could be dated here, but that's my 2 cents for ya. Good luck, and enjoy the process. Oh, and check out swimsmooth.com for lots of training tips and videos.
  • calibro

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    Dec 15, 2011 6:09 AM GMT
    try eating more
  • ja89

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    Dec 15, 2011 9:38 AM GMT
    It's completely manageable, you just have to schedule out what you're doing and don't deviate from it. Freshman year I did club swim and the coach told me to lift weights after since at the time i was very skinny (especially for a sprinter) and it helped me become faster almost immediately. The practices were tiring already so throwing in a weight workout after or before it was tip of the iceberg for me. so i stopped so my body could rest a bit. i was in really good shape and gained a bit of weight since i ate like a king EVERY meal.


    ~Eat a lot more for energy

    ~Follow a schedule (factor in sleep as well, it will hurt or help you)

    ~Learn to Multitask (study in between sets and while you're eating)

    ~Place goals that are achievable (weight gain, speed in distance, food diary[to look back on haha])

    Hope this helps a little. I know that everyone isn't the same. I've always had a lot of expendable energy so I feel my body is always on a glucose high. so adjust to your lifestyle icon_smile.gif good luck with all of this next semester.
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    Dec 15, 2011 10:01 AM GMT
    both are great for ripped definition BUT eat protein and carbs
    eating is key-protein for muscles and carbs for the energy
    add some shakes with porridge oats in if you can on your budget
    swimming gives an excellent frame and body