Unlike gravity in dry-land exercises, water provides a comfortable resistance for your working muscles. But that doesn't mean you can't create an effective aerobic or strength workout in the pool (Click here for tips on improving strength in the pool). So, how can you create a tough workout in the swimming pool?
In water you can control the exercise intensity by increasing the speed and/or the surface exposed to water (i.e. aqua paddles). You can also use the resistance created by pool noodle, aqua dumbbells and other floating devices. But there are other effective ways to create a tough workout in water. For example performing a series of different exercises that focus on the same muscle groups. For example:
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If you perform the above three exercises in the correct order, for two minutes each, continuously, you will get six minutes of chest and upper back workout. This is not only more effective than performing a single exercise for six minutes, but it also makes the workout fun and less tedious.