The pool is often an option that gets overlooked when it comes to exercise – especially if you don’t fancy yourself a swimmer – but it’s a great workout location that offers much more than just a place to swim laps.
There are many traditionally land-based exercises that transfer fantastically to the pool for an effective workout that uses the resistance of the water to boost the burn without the high impact.
Rather than hitting the gym to work up a sweat, why not take advantage of your swimming pool for a free, refreshing and energising workout at home and follow these swimming pool exercises.
Swimming laps is a great way to burn fat while toning your muscles and provides a full body workout. Plus it’s a low impact sport so there’s less chance of injury to your shins and knees.
A workout in your backyard swimming pool also means no busy gyms to contend with or loud music – it’s just you and the cool water.
It’s not just about swimming laps of freestyle – you can incorporate flippers and a kickboard which is a great way to burn calories and tone your legs. If you have a smaller swimming pool, hold onto the edge of the pool with your arms and body stretched out and kick your legs, you could also try using our pool resistance trainer for extra help getting those strokes in. You could try speed intervals or different kick strokes such as butterfly or backstroke to mix it up.
If you’re a beginner swimmer start with the basics – leisurely swimming either freestyle or breaststroke still provides a great overall workout. A kickboard and flippers will come in handy to help with buoyancy.
Incorporate some water aerobics into your workout including wading and on the spot jogging (be careful of slipping if your swimming pool is tiled!)
Sidestroke is another great way for beginners to work out in the pool. Lie on one side with your lower arm extended with your ear resting on your arm, and your other arm stretched in the other direction along your body. Hold on to a kickboard with your top hand and kick either butterfly or freestyle kicks.
For more advanced swimmers, swim at a moderate to hard intensity for ten laps, making sure to breathe every three strokes. Rest for one minute and then repeat.
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Our training aids are designed to help you get the most from your swim workout. Each training aid works a particular part of your body, so you can focus on increasing strength, stamina or tone where it suits you.