At Allen Pool Service Atlanta, your swimming pool maintenance experts, we believe there is no reason you should hit the gym. Instead, hit the pool! Did you know that your pool can be your gym? There are many different pool workouts that your can do in the comfort of your pool that will burn calories while toning and strengthening your body. And the best part is, when you work up a sweat, you hardly notice it.
So, why is the pool a great place for a working out? One is the fact you are already in the water which helps keep your body cooler and keeps you feeling more refreshed. And, when you are in the water, your body does compensate to the cooler temperate by burning more calories to help keep you warm. Another reason water is an effective place to workout is the fact it provides resistance. When working out with resistance, you build strong and long muscle which greatly tone your body. And, when you build muscle through strength training, you also continue to burn more sustained calories even after the workout itself! And, pool workouts do not require additional equipment like weights or resistance bands.
The exercise circuit below is intended to be done three times a week in chest deep water. Do the circuit three times, one exercise after another with no rest between. The entire workout, doing the circuit three times, is about ten minutes, but you will be working your entire body while pumping up your heart rate and toning your muscles.
Warm Up and Cool Down
To warm up (and cool down after you finish the pool workout), stand in chest deep water with your feet shoulder width apart. Then, with your hands on your hips, do eight large circles with your hips. Then repeat the circles, moving in the opposite direction.
Exercise 1: Side Leap
Again, in chest deep water, place your feet together and place your hands down by your sides. Squat down slightly.
From your slight squat, move in one motion look to your left, raise your arms and jump about two feet to the left. While jumping, extend your right leg to the side and land on the balls of your left foot.
Then, bring both feet together and push up into a standing position and lower your arms.
Do this four times to the left and then repeat four times to your right.
While doing this, focus on tightening your abs while you jump. This will help strengthen your core muscles.
Exercise 2: Squat Step
In chest deep water, stand with your feet together and arms at your side.
Raise both arms to shoulder-level. With your left foot, step to the left and squat so your thighs are parallel to the floor of the pool.
Then, while keeping your chest up and head above water, bring your right foot toward your left foot and stand up and lower your arms to your side.
Do four quick steps with your left leg, then repeat with your right to return to your starting position.
Exercise 3: Railroad Tracks
To start, you again will be in chest deep water.
Imagine you are standing with both your feet between a set of railroad tracks.
Place your hands by your side and then forcefully pull up your right knee and step over the right track and place your right foot down outside of the track.
Repeat the same more with your left knee and foot. As your left foot lands outside the left track, squat down and raise both arms out and to the side.
Then, stand back up, lower your arms to your sides and reverse the motion, this time stepping back inside the track.
That is one rep and you will need to do 20 reps.
Repeat circuit above two more times and then do your cool down!
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When it comes to your pool, we want you to get the most enjoyment out of it as possible. Whether it is just sitting and relaxing, floating, having a pool party or using it to workout, we want to help ensure it is always up and running for you. If you need pool maintenance, cleaning, or are even thinking about pool renovation, give us a call at (770) 451-1621 or contact us online.
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