Swimming For Mass


Question: Hey Jay,
I was wondering if it would be possible for me to do a swimming exercise. Before I bought your program, my friend and I already committed to start swimming because he wanted to get better at it and I have always enjoyed it.

I just want to let you know I’m 6’4″ and 150 lbs, so my main concern right now is building mass, but I want to be in cardiovascular shape as well. If there is a way I can swim to burn fat and get in cardiovascular shape without losing mass, I would greatly appreciate your insight.

Mike Ruggles

Answer: Mike,

Swimming is great exercise and will help you get in shape and burn some extra calories. If I had my druthers I would always choose sprinting as the top fat burning exercise but there is also something to be said about doing what you love to do. Personally I would recommend mixing it up and sprinting some days, swimming on others.

However, at 6’4” and 150 lbs I would highly recommend that you do very little of either right now if you really want to gain mass rapidly. You can’t have the goal of gaining 50lbs while simultaneously becoming the next Michael Phelps. You have to pick one or the other as they are conflicting goals. I’m sure you’re not in such horrible cardiovascular shape that you are at risk of a heart attack.

Right now I would hit the weights hard and focus on gaining size while not worrying too much about being in cardiovascular shape. If you want to add in a little swimming here or there that’s fine, but with your stats, I would limit it for a while. The only thing you should be doing like Michael Phelps right now is eating like him.

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