View Full Version : What should I do before swimming season?
07-08-2007, 12:54 PM
Right now im pretty skinny and am thinking about bulking before the season starts. Is this a good idea? Ill be joining a club in September to prepare for the season also which will incorporate some weight lifting and lots of cardiovascular activities other than swimming.
Im sitting at 150 right now at like 10% BF. Should i bulk?
07-08-2007, 03:12 PM
i'm in almost the same boat as you yet i am smaller and older. and i have a bit more time, i started way to late to swim well and when i finally worked myself in the team i got overtrained uing their speeds without lactate tests. Dropping off eventually. So many yearsq later i thoght why not realise my youth team that time: it wasnt olympics or something just to compete and break one minute in crawl. and 2'20" on 200 breast.
The lather i thought would always be a dream but now i am sure it can be realised and i have a lot more potential then i thought. I just started swimming again. After a year of i did 2 triathons then and did some swimming then breaing all my pr's.
FIrst things that where wrong with me is way to low weight and wrong cardio...
I thought when i couldnt swim running would be the best. But now later seen at it rowing and cycling are better. Its working cardio sports. You have to deliver force independend of your bodyweight.
I have a year and couple months left. And i jsut started swimming but focus mainly on getting my physique ready for swimming. I realised when getting intrested in getting bigger that mot good swimmers arent skinny like the hs guys i know. At 6 feet 180 pounds is a nice weight and i dont see myself as ready before i am at 160 pounds. But i prefer to get closer to 175 pounds.
I also do cardio off from swimming. Mainly cycling on a stationary bike. With power. I was a great runner but my power deliverance at a bike is really poor in the past. I could only hold up 200 watt for an hour and maybe 250 watt for 6 minutes. I saw i na study that good swimmers have a litre more oxygen to use then the college swimmes 5-6 litres vs. 4-5 litres. I try to get to 5 litre equivalence on a bike. To boost confidence(it wont directly be swimming condition but it will increase your base potential or talent to swim better as long as your legs dont balloon up ofcourse). Currently i am holding up at 300 watt i got 100 more to add. But i can see it happen as i gain some muscle and work up cardio.
This week will be for me if everything works with me:
24 km of swimming vs 6.5 from last week.(i am going to build up to 30 km)
6 bike sessions of 20 minutes(maybe a peak at 30 minutes and then back to 20 minutes when i really up my swimming)**luckly i have an ergo at home***
5-6 weight sessions with good stretching(this will remain year round)
and about 5000 kcalories of food a day.(maybe 5500 if i can digest that)
Luckly i have learned a lot from the energy systems the last years and can train myself well until i can get coached and return to te competive youth club.Age 12 - 26).
i am 5'10" and weigh 67 kilograms but need 10 more or close to 170 pounds to really be at the weight like he good swimmers. Think of erik vendt etc...
At your height 180 pound seems nicer. Bt hey your 15 you still even have to fgrow most likely.But anywayz i cant see you loose performanc from gaining 10 - 20 more pounds if you can. It can only help n the long run.