Our expert says:
So cycling or swimming is good, yes, but maybe not for building muscle as you wish to do. The best way to achieve that is to get into the gym and do some specific weight training. Not pumping iron like you may think, but some sort of circuit session would help a lot. The swimming would then form the base of your training, its staple component, and you could work around that with weight training and cycling. So on a four-day a week programme, go with 3 days of swimming, 1 weight session with a combination of circuit training on the weights if you can.
Re the swimming, that's just a technical matter that you can learn with practice and familiarity in the water. That's probably not much consolation right now, but it will improve, it's just got to do with the timing and your comfort in the water, to be patient, to control how and when you breathe.
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