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Published on Jul 19, 2007

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I'm going to show you a few different ways in which you can benefit from doing pool exercises.

First, the buoyancy of the water will not only help beginners perform the exercises a little bit easier, but the water will also help advanced individuals with some of the more difficult exercises. An added benefit of the water is that it removes some of the stress normally placed on the joints in regular out-of-water exercises.

The second thing I want to show you is how you can do some jumping and running exercises in the water and again removing some of the stress from the joints.

So to begin the pool exercises, I'll start with a basic bodyweight prisoner squat. As you go down, the water will force you back up, making this exercise easier to perform and again removing the added stress on your joints. This is precisely why you see so many aquatics exercise classes these days.

If you are advanced, then you can do a single leg squat. To perform this exercise in the pool, lean up against the side of the pool, bring one foot out in front and grab it with your hand and squat down. By doing this exercise in the water, you will have much better balance than if you were to do it as a free weight exercise.

Another great pool exercise beginners and advanced alike can benefit from is the lunge. This is an especially good water exercise to do if you are a bit weaker or have bad knees.

There are a number of bodyweight exercises you can do out of the water, but since you're in the pool, you mine as well make use of it. So, the next aquatic exercise I recommend doing is the pull-up. You can also superset this with a modified dip. For the dips, simply go to the side of the pool, put your hands out in front of you on the ground, and push yourself up out of the water and then back down.

Next, do some sort of jumping exercise to finish off your pool workout. Due to the resistance of the water, you won't be able to jump as high as you're normally capable of, but it will also be easier on the landing. You will still get all the plyometric benefits, as well as the interval training benefits, with less stress on the knees and the ankle joints.

So, there you have a great pool workout that provides a tremendous benefit to you. You get to be creative in designing a great fat-blasting workout, all the while having fun and enjoying the weather!




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