Shasta Pools | 10/26/13

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Swimming pools are one of the best tools for you to use to tone up and burn calories – and you don’t even have to swim to do it.  Depending on the areas you’re hoping to target, here are our top exercises for you to try in your pool:

The Alternative Alternating Tread

For: The back, chest, abs, arms, and hamstrings

To perform this move, walk or swim to the deep end of the pool.  Start off by cupping your hands and moving them in small circles, and then left your right leg so that it’s straight in front of you at hip level.  Reach towards the bottom of the pool with your left leg, squeezing your quads and glutes, and hold for 5 seconds.  Switch your legs quickly while continuing to tread water with your hands.  Continue this exercise for 30 seconds.

The Beach Ball Press

For:  The back, shoulders, triceps and abs

For this exercise, you’ll need a beach ball or any other small floating device. With the beach ball in both arms, hold your arms out in front of you so that your body is lying on the water with your legs extended behind you.  While keeping your arms straight, pull the ball upwards beneath you so that it’s moving in an arc shape towards your thighs.  When the beach ball has reached the thighs, bend your elbows so that the ball is brought back to the water’s surface. Finish by pressing the ball forward so that it’s back to starting position.  Continue to do this for 30 seconds.

The Wavy Workout

For: The back, butt, abs, and legs

This exercise will definitely rev up your heart rate!  Move into chest-deep water, and then hold the edge of the pool deck.  Extend your legs straight out behind you, and then with your feet and knees together, kick as if you’re swimming like a dolphin.  This motion will first engage the abs and hips, and then eventually move down the rest of your lower body.  Do this as quickly as possible for 30 seconds.

Shasta Pools is a Phoenix pool builder who provides a variety of services including swimming pool remodeling, commercial pool building, and pool service and repair. Since its establishment in 1967, Shasta has helped over 80,000 families realize their dream of pool ownership. By providing exceptional value, quality craftsmanship and superior customer service, the Shasta team continues to fulfill the corporate mission of astonishing and delighting their customers and exceeding expectations. You can learn more about Shasta Pools & Spas by visiting them online, or by connecting with them on Facebook or Twitter.