Weightlifting during swimming season

Weightlifting during swimming season

Post by david.k.kallm » Tue, 06 Apr 1993 12:49:18


Do you have any advice on weightlifting during an active
swimming season (April to September for me)?  91/92 was my
first season weightlifting and I started lifting in
September'91 and stopped in April'92 for the summer swimming
season.  I started weightlifting again in September'92 and
after the 6 month layoff was near ground zero.  Now
(April'93) after 6 months of lifting, I'm a little bit
higher (5-15%) than last April.

From now till September, I plan to increase my swimming from
3 to 10 miles/week, and from 3 to 4-5 times per week.  The
question is should I continue weightlifting at any level
during the swimming season, so that come September when I
start weightlifting again (and go back to swimming 3 miles a
week) I won't be back at ground zero?  I may be able to fit
in an hour or so a week for lifting.

I lift primarily for general fitness, not to improve my
swimming, using a full Nautilus cycle.  I'd prefer to keep
that as the goal of my weightlifting though I'm open to


Dave Kallman
Dave Kallman, AT&T, 480 Red Hill Rd., Middletown, NJ 07748

Dave Kallman, AT&T, 480 Red Hill Rd., Middletown, NJ 07748


Weightlifting during swimming season

Post by Chris Burrow » Wed, 07 Apr 1993 09:43:26

Here's my suggestion for lifting during swim season:

  If you are doing heavy lifting (4-8 reps near max for a last set), switching
to a lighter weight, say %50-60 of your max, and increasing the number of
repititions per set (my own personal goal is 4-6 sets of 15-20 lifts) during
the swimming season will be beneficial.  This type of workout changes the
emphasis of the weight training from increasing sheer bulk and power to
improving muscular endurance and tone.  Your maximum will decrease slightly,
which is inevitable whenever you stop max-lift training, but you will certainly
not be at ground zero when the season ends.  In fact, concentrating on
endurance will improve your overall fitness and give your muscles some time to
recover from the strain of power lifting, and you will find yourself ready to
lift to new, higher maximums when your training cycle shifts back.

  With respect to swimming, working muscular endurance conditions "fast-twitch"
muscles, which make up a very large proportion of the muscle types used in
swimming.  The fast twitch muscles are better suited to quick, repetitive
contractions found in swimming (and all endurance sports).  Your conditioning
level will improve, as will your ability to increase your pure speed through
the water, and your times will benefit as a result.

  When working any type of endurance, the greater the frequency of workout, the
better the gains.  Try to do this lifting workout two times a week at a

Good luck.

Chris Burrows