Swimming and strength training

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    Jun 29, 2012 9:19 PM GMT
    I'm pretty much the classic twink, I eat like a horse and don't gain weight. I swim an awful lot and hadn't been interested in gaining mass until recently. I've been cutting down on swimming and exploring the gym more. Turns out I have a strong back already, thanks to butterfly I guess, but I don't care about my back haha. I want bigger arms and chest.
    My chest has grown quite a lot in the past 3 months simply by doing pushups, and I'm increasing my weights each week with the chest type machines. I'm thinking about hitting the gym 3 days a week (mon,wed,fri) for an hour, then swimming 2 days a week (thurs,friday)..
    As you can tell, i'm completely clueless and have it in my mind that the more I do the bigger I will get. I do realize that I need rest, yet, although I swim hard, I'm rarely sore because of it. Plus I'll give my self 2 days of full recovery each week.

    To sum it up, is swimming good to do on my "off days" twice a week?
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    Jun 29, 2012 10:22 PM GMT
    Yes I did just comment on this to get it seen...lol
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    Jun 29, 2012 11:27 PM GMT
    Yeah swimming is good. It is a cardio workout, so if you are going to gain muscle, you are going to need to consume quite a bit of calories. You said you already do, so you should be fine. With the two days of recovery, you should be fine.
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    Jun 30, 2012 2:58 AM GMT
    If you swim intensely, I wouldn't do it on TH/F if you lift M/W/F; you'll be too used up on the friday workout to put in max effort. Same goes for swimming T/TH. I'd break it up to something like monday lift, tues swim, wed off, thurs lift, fri swim, sat lift, sun off.
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    Jun 30, 2012 3:36 AM GMT
    Ok sounds good, thanks for the advice
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    Jul 18, 2012 5:45 PM GMT
    i dont think it matters how much you train, i swim 4x a wk and weight train 6x a wk. and i am 242lbs i am no bodybuilder but im in good shape, and the shape and size i want to be, and i started very small with an eating disorder, and was also a hard gainer. it matters how much you rest and EAT!!
    so if you want to keep swimming, try and work out roughly the amount of calories you are burning, and consume more after training. avoiding catabolism (burning muscle) is essentail to gaining. so just a good high protein high carb meal within 20 minutes or so and a shake immediately after i would say. thats what i did. and dont be too clean, eat, eat and eat some more. im not saying live on big macs but, a bit of crap wont hurt at your size and bf being so low. to gain mass you will need to gain some bf. unless you can eat exactly the correct amount of calories, with the correct macros at the correct times every day for months (virtually impossible and not much fun lol). anyways dont get too caught up with being a "hardgainer" any human, when at a calorie surplus will gain weight. literally no exceptions. so dont get to het up with categorising your body type. just eat and train...

    oh and eat some more lol.

    good luck
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    Jul 18, 2012 5:53 PM GMT
    I really wouldn't worry about it. I've read plenty of studies that say cardio has no negative affects on muscle development. The usual problem is that people don't up their calories to compensate for the cardio. Make sure you're eating enough and your body will leave the muscle alone.

    I'm like you in that I love cycling - I go almost every day for at least 1.5 hours. 2 days of the week I do intervals/sprints in addition to 4 days of weight lifting at the gym. Even on the days I'm not doing intervals I maintain a pretty brisk speed. My legs have had no problem getting bigger. People assume cardio = skinny because thats what they see in high endurance athletes that don't try to gain bulk.

    There are plenty of athletes out there though that do tons of cardio AND try to get big and have done both successfully.

    As with everything weightlifting, its all about your diet. Eat enough and properly.