Pool Workouts: The Coolest Way To Get Fit This Summer

Pool workouts are trending big time for summer. The Poolfit water fitness app has 115+ workouts that will get you into shape, no sweat!

Fancy Lash

Online pool workouts are Summer 2021’s biggest fitness trend. In fact, according to ACSM’s annual Health & Fitness Journal worldwide survey, the most popular trend in fitness for 2021 was online training.

Probably not a complete shock given that so many of us were forced to transform our living room into makeshift home gyms. And those of us lucky enough to have a pool, could extend those workouts to the water. Now that restrictions are lifted, all of us can access a pool and move our bodies in a low impact environment. The new-to-Australia Poolfit app is continuing to make it possible to DIY our own pool workouts - just in time for summer. Poolfit features over 115 expert-led workouts from super challenging to easier, gentler workouts for beginners.

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Don’t have your own pool? Don’t despair? Simply pop on down to your local pool (indoor or outdoor) and pop in some Bluetooth earphones for the best and most buoyant workout you’ll get all year.

Dipping your toes into pool workouts

Pool workouts are proof that when it comes to exercising it doesn’t have to be a case of “no pain no gain”.

According to Mark Grevelding, US-based water fitness instructor, working out in water can have a number of benefits when compared to land-based exercises.

“The various health benefits of a high-intensity workout can be easily achieved in the low-impact environment of water where uplifting buoyant forces limit stress on joints,” he says.

Exercising in water also provides total-body resistance, thanks to the viscosity of water. All movements are resisted in water and that means muscles on both sides of a joint are targeted. Improving muscular balance can reduce chronic pain and decrease the risk of injury.

Other benefits of water-based workouts include helping to eliminate the discomfort of sweating and the ability to move your limbs more freely in multiple directions, improving range of motion and the ability to perform daily activities more efficiently.

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“People who work out in water can exercise longer and with more intensity - improving muscular endurance and stamina, which helps them move better, feel better and live better,” says Mark.

Swim out and shape up

Okay, so working out in the pool is easier, but is it actually effective?

According to Mark, even if your swim is a no-sweat sesh, the answer is a resounding yes!

“Studies have found that working out in the water burns an average of 400-

600 calories in a one-hour workout, while also resulting in posterior burn

continuing to burn calories and increase metabolism for up to 24-hours post-

workout” he says. A deep-water study also showed an average of 9.8 calories per minute being consumed during deep water exercise, which is equivalent to calories burned on a 10-minute walk.

Beyond the calorie burn, the benefits of this type of workout include positive impacts on weight loss, cardiovascular health, core strength, bone density, muscular endurance and strength, flexibility, balance.

Pick your pool workout and dive right in

While a water-based workout has myriad benefits, it can be unsettling sorting out where to start.

Enter Poolfit: This global-first, instructor-led, fitness streaming service/app delivers aquatic exercise on-demand created by Mark himself. It features over 115 professionally created, in-water workouts, offered in both deep and shallow water.

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Poolfit’s routines are led by an Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA) certified trainer and personal training instructor, who will provide an expertly guided workout experience to you can enjoy in the pool of your choice!

The app caters to all fitness levels, with beginners often opting for Water Walking, Arthritis Exercise, Yoga, Pilates, Light Cardio and Toning, and more advanced exercisers loving water workouts such as Kick Boxing, Tabata, HIIT, Circuit Training, High-Intensity Interval Training, Full Body Bootcamp and Deep Core Express, among many others.

The only thing left for you to do?

Slip, Slop, Slap and App!

Poolfit is available from the App Store, Play Store or from the website. Your first month is free, with a subscription fee of US$15.95 following that. There is no obligation to continue - you can cancel at any time. You can even halt your subscription in the winter months and reactivate it in summer. How cool is that?