Swimming is the penultimate summer pastime. From the backyard pools to water parks, if it’s water related, Americans will be there. But close your eyes and think of your backyard pool. Can you see a gym? No, you see games from Marco Polo and diving tables. It’s time for a mindset. Check with a doctor and then jump in and start toning. Take some gear and check out these strong swim training sessions.
Basic Strength Workout
If you can do it on floor, you can replicate it in water – only with less resistance and stress on your joints. Water’s natural breeding takes the edge of squeezing strength exercises, like dynamic jump clubs, so you can do more reps. Yes, you will feel the combustion in the closet, but in the water it is smooth sailing. Stand in waist-deep water and spread your feet apart. Place your arms on your sides and tighten your abs. Squat, lower your glutes toward the pool bottom, and lean your upper body forward. Keep your back straight and flat. Instead of getting up, jump out of the pool bottom and straighten your upper body. Make a set of 12 squat jumpers. Follow with a set of 10 to 12 leg lifts and alternate legs. Grab the pool wall and finish with an upper body flow, a pull-up.
You will need special equipment for some aqua Pilates exercises, so it is best to check out a class at your local fitness center. Traditionally known for back lying, Pilates and water do not constitute a likely fit. But the water’s natural buoyancy increases the training program’s balance-improving abilities. Certified Aquatic Pilates instructors use floatation belts, pool noodles, hand traps, floating dumbbells, and more to help strengthen and tone your muscles. Moving usually includes planks, mermaids and suspended teaser, but they may vary depending on the instructor and class level.
Burn the pool-side snack along with the Rough-Fit master trainer Greg Moe’s calorie drafting program. Take a beach ball and keep it within easy reach. Moe five exercise burns 11 calories per day. Minute while leaving you time to enjoy the pool. Signature movements include otter rollers, ball rods, pike shells and wave saws. His leading exercise, the k-tread, encourages you to look for deep water, point your toes and connect your hands. Move your hands in small, controlled circles as you lift your left leg forward. Stop when it is on the hip. Quick scissors kick, change legs every five seconds for 30 seconds.