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Question: How to mix swimming with weight training?

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2017/10/08 21:16:44 (permalink)

Question: How to mix swimming with weight training?

Hi All,
 
I'm slowly getting back in the saddle... again and am looking for your collective advice and council. I have always had a love/hate relationship with weight training due to (1) unrealistic goals (2) work comes first and (3) a love of food. However, because it helps keep my mind in check, I'm back in the pool as it helps with my back injury and it's probably the only physical activity for which I have any natural ability.
 
However, swimming is not your friend when it comes to muscle mass or shape. Consequently, any recommendations in combining the two would be greatly appreciated. For those who want to get into the gory details, below are my Goals and Constraints.
 
Goals:
  • Stop struggling to do up my belt.
  • Think more clearly.
  • Look better naked. ;-)
 
Constraints:
  • One hour total training time per session.
  • 4 Days per week maximum.
  • Evenings only.
  • No squats due to a lower back injury.
  • I'm old and lazy.
 
Thank you again.
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Re: Question: How to mix swimming with weight training? 2017/10/08 21:34:33 (permalink)
I'd just do 2-3 full body lifting sessions per week and go swimming on the other days. It's just cardio really.
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Re: Question: How to mix swimming with weight training? 2017/10/08 21:43:19 (permalink)
^ as uriel said, it's just cardio. if swimming is bad for your gains, as are all other forms of cardio. Which in essence is true but, provided you eat adequately it shouldn't be an issue.

In fairness swimming stimulates more muscles in your body than a lot of other forms of cardio so I'd hazard a guess it's less detrimental to mass than other forms, again, dependent on diet.
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Re: Question: How to mix swimming with weight training? 2017/10/08 22:02:27 (permalink)
Can't see an issue tbh. I'd say take a closer look at your diet as well perhaps?
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Re: Question: How to mix swimming with weight training? 2017/10/09 15:30:10 (permalink)
Wow! Thank you for the quick replies!
 
I don't need to take a closer look at my diet. A look from any distance will highlight that it's... poor.
 
Agreed, swimming is for cardio and it's the only cardio I enjoy or can do realistically.
 
Thank you again.
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Re: Question: How to mix swimming with weight training? 2017/10/09 15:36:57 (permalink)
Respectfully mate, not at all trying to be argumentative or condescending, but if you're not going to adjust your diet while openly confirming it's poor, doesn't the whole concept of swimming and remaining to train weights sort of become counter productive?

In your goals you stated you wish to look better without clothes and not struggle to do your jeans up, if you make adjustments to your diet you'll find those things rectified without training or swimming realistically, plus swimming won't be as detrimental to muscle mass with the right nutrition

Your call, just as someone who struggled with the same - diet and nutrition for years, thought it might be worth sharing
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