Burn Calories in the Pool (No Laps Required!)
Hate doing laps but love being in the pool?
Here are some great pool fitness exercises to blast fat and tone your whole body in the water, courtesy of Shape Magazine‘s Charlotte Hilton Andersen.
1. Bicycle. Great for your abs on dry land, doing the ab bicycle in the water adds extra work for your core, shoulders, and legs to keep you from floating away.
Tip: Rest your elbows on a pool noodle if you don’t have a pool edge to use.
2. Double Leg Lift. Leaning back on the pool edge, lower your legs straight down and then raise them up as high as you can, keeping legs perfectly straight and together. The water provides extra difficulty because you have to fight your body’s natural buoyancy to maintain control.
Tip: If this is too difficult, sit on the edge of the pool and perform the movement from there.
3. Jumping Jacks. Jumping jacks go to a whole new moon-walk level in the pool. Not only do you have to push through the water, but you also have to keep your balance as your natural buoyancy will lead you to tip forward or back. Jump your legs out as you normally would but don’t let your feet touch the bottom when you bring them back to the center.
Tip: Try a full suspended jumping jack by doing the whole jack without touching the bottom!
4. Underwater Bicep Curls. Using a weight, do a normal bicep curl. The resistance of the water will make you work harder in both directions, especially if you use a special pool weight like the Aqualogix bells. “The fins allow you to isolate different muscle groups by adjusting the water resistance,” says aquatics trainer Chris Kost.
Tip: Be careful to keep the full range of motion under the water.
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