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Best Poolside Workouts

Turn that lazy pool day into a refreshing workout. You can get fit in the pool; not just by swimming but working out and toning your body! Here are a few great workouts from Fitness Magazine that will tone your muscles so you can get one step closer to your perfect, healthy, body!

The Top Best Poolside Workouts


Targets: Arms, back, chest, abs, butt, and hamstrings

  • In the deep end, tread water, making small circles with cupped hands, and lift right leg straight in front of you at hip level while reaching toes of left leg toward bottom of pool. Hold for 5 seconds.
  • Switch legs quickly, bringing right leg down as you raise left leg, and hold for 5 seconds. Continue for 30 seconds, alternating sides.

Tip: Squeeze your glutes and quads to keep your legs straight

Otter Roll

Targets: Back, abs, butt, and legs

  • Hugging beach ball to chest, float on back, legs extended, feet together.
  • Roll toward left and over top of ball (like an otter spinning in the water), using entire body ÔÇö shoulders, back, core, legs ÔÇö to make a full revolution, returning to start. Take a breath. (Beginners can rock from side to side with head above water throughout.)
  • Continue for 30 seconds, alternating direction of roll.

Tip: Really drive your leading shoulder and hip into the water to get rolling.

Ball Lever

Targets: Shoulders, back, triceps, and abs

  • Holding beach ball with arms stretched straight in front of you, float facedown in chest-deep water so legs are extended behind you, feet together.
  • Keeping arms straight, pull ball underneath you, drawing it as fast as you can through water toward thighs in an arc. (As the ball is pressed underneath, it will lift you out of water to take a breath; beginners can keep head above water throughout.)
  • When ball reaches thighs, bend elbows to bring it back to surface and press it forward to return to start position. Continue for 30 seconds.

Tip: Keep your arms as straight as possible and your body straight and stiff to get the most muscle sculpting.

Pike Scull

Targets: Abs, hips, and arms

  • Standing in shallow end of pool, simultaneously sit back into water, treading with hands by sides, and lift both legs together so that you fold at the hips (like a jackknife) and your body forms a wide V, with head and toes just above surface.
  • Maintaining V position, move cupped hands in small circles by hips to tread water and propel yourself forward (sculling) down length of pool for 30 seconds.

Tip: If your toes start sinking under the water, widen the angle of the V and tighten your abs.

Wave Maker

Targets: Back, abs, butt, and legs

  • Facing pool wall in chest-deep water, hold on to edge of pool deck with left hand and place right palm, fingers pointing down, against wall just below water line for stability.
  • Extend legs behind you at water level with both feet and knees together, then kick like a dolphin: Initiate the motion with abs and hips and transfer it through thighs to knees and finally to feet. Kick as hard and as fast as you can for 30 seconds, trying to make the biggest waves possible.

Tip: If you can't make waves for a full 30 seconds, don't stop! Separate your legs and do flutter kicks. Best Poolside Workouts!

Takes these workouts to the pool with you! Have workouts of your own? Share in the comments section!

December 27, 2020
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