Swimming and bodybuilding

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    Sep 15, 2013 7:48 AM GMT
    Hey guys, so I have recently started going to the gym and I have a few questions I'd like to ask, I would really appreciate some feedback .

    I used to be a competitive swimmer and I have been swimming since I can remember, nowadays I only swim to stay fit and to clear my mind.
    I have recently started going to the gym in an attempt to build some muscle, increase strength and consequently improve my swimming. I am lifting and swimming twice a week, it's all I have time for at the moment. I vary my swimming workouts with anaerobic and aerobic focused days, swimming between 1.5km and 4.km a day depending on what kind of exercises I am doing of course. When at the gym I have been doing full body workouts, focused mainly on strength training. Nutrition wise I am still eating clean like I always have, the only difference is that I eat a bit more and I am having protein powder and mass gainer shakes to complement my daily diet. I have been doing this for one and a half months and I have gained 3.5 kilos so far while keeping my body fat levels virtually constant.

    So do you guys think that's a good strategy? Am I going to be able to build muscle? Do you have any tips on nutrition or workout ideas you could give me? Would love to hear back from anyone that has done the same or knows what they're on about !
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    Sep 18, 2013 4:10 AM GMT
    I believe that aerobic opposes anaerobic activity but if you perform both at least six hours apart you will avoid any muscle catabolism, and that if you limit yourself to ten minutes of steady state or HIIT cardio right before or after lifting you should be fine also.
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    Sep 19, 2013 11:31 AM GMT
    thanks man, i swim and gym on different days tho so this shouldn't be a problem icon_biggrin.gif