Alternative Workouts In the Pool

by Pool Builders on 02-19-2013 in Articles

If you're tired of your current routine, or are just in the mood for something fun and new, check out the varying water-based workout ideas below.

If you're tired of yoga...

Then turn to the creative water-based program of Ai Chi. The sport gets its name from the dry-land sport of Tai Chi and involves deep, rhythmic breathing with slow, purposeful movements. It's a relaxing, full body experience that athletes of all levels will enjoy. Ai Chi helps its participants increase oxygen levels, stability, flexibility, and metabolic levels. If you're ready to trade your yoga pants for a swimsuit, then check out the Ruth Sova Ai Chi I DVD, which features all the basics you need to know to get started on your Ai Chi journey.

If you're sick of Pilates...

Then hop in the water to try out a new strengthening and stretching routine. The Aquavee Pilates Plus System allows participants to do Pilates-like moves while in the water. The simple system attached to the side of your pool with powerful suction cups. It features 8' resistance bands for stationary swimming, which helps get your heart rate up to fat burning levels. The bands come with 2 handle attachments with resistance bands and 2 leg attachments, also with other resistance bands. You're sure to love your new Pilates environment and the effect of the water on muscle groups throughout your body.

If you're bored from running...

Then it's time to switch from sneakers to a floatation belt. Traditional jogging belts help keep water joggers afloat while they work their cardio endurance, as well as strength training. Floatation belts are great because they allow your arms and legs full range of motion while keeping you comfortably afloat. Plus, you'll be able to get a great cardio workout without putting pounding pressure on your knee and ankle joints. If you're a lean, running machine, you'll be best suited with the AquaJogger Pro Belt. It features 30% more buoyancy to help support leaner builds.

If gym weights just aren't cutting it...

Then combine the power of weighted devices with the natural resistance of water. Wrist and ankle weights' compact size may not seem like they would do much for the experienced athlete, but these powerful training devices can help build strong and lean muscle while in the water. Weighing anywhere from 1 lb to 4 lbs each, water-specific weights are usually covered in neoprene material that stays comfortable against the skin and avoids water logging. If you're in the market for a great pair of water weights, All Pro has you covered. Their Aquatic Ankle Weights and Adjustable Aquatic Wrist Weights great to use when swimming, water jogging, during water aerobics routines or even just while stretching. They add the perfect amount of load bearing exercise to any water-based workout. Try on one, or both, of the pairs to get muscles building results in the water.

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