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MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,394
12/12/13 5:54 P

The reality is that if you do cardio and strength training back-to-back, whichever you do second is going to suffer.

I agree with Nausikaa - good form is essential for strength training, and reduces your risk of injury. And its hard to concentrate on good form if your muscles are already tired from cardio. ST after cardio increases your risk of injury.

If you swim after ST, the only consequence is that you might not be able to swim as far or as fast - you won't injure yourself.

Also, most experts recommend resting 48-72 hours between ST sessions, which implies 2-3 ST sessions per week. If you are swimming 3-4 times per week, there will be some days of swimming when you aren't doing ST. If you swim first, then you will never get in a good quality ST workout. If you ST first, then your overall program will include good quality ST workouts, and good quality swims on non-ST days.


RAELEAN88 SparkPoints: (32,069)
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12/12/13 11:40 A

reading some of the comments make me think I should take up swimming again.

12/12/13 11:29 A

I have been a competitive swimmer since childhood, I played water polo in high school on the boy's team because back in the early 80's there were not womens water polo teams in the high school, I also swam in college :)
I became a nurse started working night shift for 10 years and basically stopped swimming. I went on to gain 200 pounds, so now I am a 400 pound woman who can barely work much less exercise.
I have since lost 200 pounds and kept it off 12 years. I usually would zumba, spin, or do jillian michaels body revolution. I tore a lateral ligament in my left knee almost requiring surgery. So I went back to my true love of swimming. I jumped in the 25 yard pool and could barely do 2 laps without huffing and puffing. I decided to learn a new technique of swimming to keep me from getting bored with the difficult laps, it is called Total Immersion, it has totally changed the way I focus on swimming now!!!
I now use a Finis Snorkle like the person commented on earlier, and I can EASILY swim 3 to 4 hours on Saturday, and 1 to 2 hours during the week. I swim about 4 days a week and I am back in LOVE with swimming.
I do miss squats, and kettlebells and weight lifting but, I am going to give my body a complete rest for 6 months and just swim but I will then incorporate the weight training slowly.
One thing I can tell you is that in the last month that I have been only swimming for my work outs, I see more of a over all change in appearance in my body shape and more inches lost!

IDIDIT226 SparkPoints: (33)
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3/16/13 6:08 P

I have been swimming about a year now and about a year ago I purchased a finis training snorkel and I now can do 1250 yards with no problems. For myself since I enjoy the swimming and do it 3 to 4 times a week I myself do not find it necessary to weight train for those of you interested I purchased my snorkel at swimsuitsforall

Edited by: IDIDIT226 at: 3/16/2013 (18:09)
STRONG_SARAH Posts: 1,203
3/15/13 4:20 P

You all made some good points. I think I will try them on separate days for now and see what happens. You're right about the injury risk NAUSKAA, I am always tired at the pool.
I hate laps too DIDS70. Glad I'm not the only one. I'm trying to learn to like them though, because what I need is over-all conditioning, and I've heard swimming is good for that.

It's hard for me to stay in even for a half-hour now, but I'm sure my stamina will improve. Hope so anyway.

3/15/13 1:46 P

I think that swimming is very tiring and might be a challenge to swim and weight train on the same day, but if you do.... I would swim first. The weight training will really affect your swimming.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
3/15/13 1:02 P

I do them on separate days. I also don't necessarily swim the whole time. Sometimes i jump across the pool, walk, run and swim forearm and backstroke. Laps are so NOT my friend yet. I do try to do it for at least 30 minutes. i am usually huffing and puffing by the end.

NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
3/15/13 8:00 A

Swimming is very tiring! I don't think it would be a good idea to do weight training after swimming because you'll be so tired, you would be more likely to get an injury (it's much easier to injure yourself during weight training if your muscles are already tired).

I think doing them on different days would be best also, but failing that, maybe start with a light weights workout and then move on to swimming.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 64,457
3/15/13 6:47 A

Hi Sarah

I think it depends on which one is most important to you at this point, and that's the one you'd do first. Ideally you'd do them on seperate days if you know the swimming is very tiring. But if that isn't the option, whatever you do second you won't have as much energy for. So if you really want to focus on getting better at swimming, I'd swim first. If swimming is a nice workout but you want to focus on getting stronger, then I'd weight train first. It's really a matter of personal preference.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

STRONG_SARAH Posts: 1,203
3/15/13 6:11 A

Hi, this is a question from a beginner. I'm looking for some advice regarding these two activities, specifically doing one right after the other. The local pool has a small weight room attached and I was wondering, if I'm going to swim and lift on the same day, which should I do first?

I'm not an accomplished swimmer and I still get really tired after a short time. If anyone has any advice about the best way to start and build stamina and strength using a pool and a weight room, I'd really appreciate it. I have some knee problems so that's why I'm choosing swimming.

Thank you very much!

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