The 5 Best Swimming Drills To Get Ripped In The Pool
There will be times this summer where you manage to breeze through your outdoor workout, whether it’s smashing a HIIT routine or bodyweight workout in the local park. However, there will also be those days when your body feels like it’s been in a car crash.
So, what should you do when this happens? Our advice: hit the pool.
Swimming is one of the best low impact, full body exercises you can do. It’s unique to any other aerobic activity as it works all the major muscle groups in the body, without heavily impacting the skeletal system. Every kick and arm stroke is like a resistance exercise, which is the best way to increase strength, muscular endurance and overall fitness.
Over at Men’s Fitness, they have the top five swimming drills that will help you torch fat all summer long:
1. Breaststroke And Butterfly Drill
Full body strokes like the butterfly and breaststroke engage your core muscles, and improve endurance and speed.
Focus on tightening your core muscles, and using them to help bring your arms out of the water. Advanced swimmers should complete 10 25-meter swims with 15-second rest intervals between each.
2. Water Running
Also known as aqua jogging, this exercise provides the high-intensity cardio aspect of running without the punishing impact of striking on a hard surface. Essentially, you run through the water just as you would outdoors (only with slight tweaks on proper form).
Your back should be straight; your arms should be bent at the elbow, and your hands balled into fists as you pump them through the water. Run as hard as you can. Do 3 rounds of 5-minute running intervals.
So there you have it, five swimming drills that will help you get ripped this summer. Remember, it’s always a good idea to give your joints a break every now and then from the harsh impact of running, jogging and cycling.
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