The pool is for more than swimming
The pool is the perfect place for a workout. Whether you’re trying to focus on your legs, your arms, or your abs, there are plenty of different swim workouts that will strengthen your entire body.
If you are in a relatively shallow pool (about 90cms to 1.2 metres), try a series of ten explosive squat jumps off the bottom of the pool with your hands over your head. “The water offers resistance on the way up and softens the landing on the way down,” says Misty Hyman, swim instructor and Olympic gold medallist. “You can increase strength in your legs, glutes, and abdominals without straining your joints.” Do the moves quickly to increase your heart rate, adding an extra cardiovascular boost to your workout.
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Pull buoy presses
To incorporate your core into your swimming workouts, try a pull buoy, a buoyant tool that goes between your legs to help keep the legs afloat. “I recommend squeezing the buoy between the legs to engage the inner thigh muscles,” says Hyman. “Squeeze the glutes and the abs too, as if you are planking while swimming, trying to keep your body in a straight line. It’s OK for the body to rotate as you swim, as if you are rolling from side to side, but keep the body on one axis as it rotates.”