Aqua Exercises for Legs Without Equipment
In this post, I will show you how to exercise your legs without using any equipment. The following exercises can be done in the shallow end of the pool, while standing. These exercises target the major leg muscle groups They are simple, yet they will help you to get stronger and more flexible.
This series of exercises start and end in the same position, which makes the transition between exercises easy and simple. Stand straight in shallow water, with your feet hip width apart and your arms relaxed by your sides. Water depth should be at about your chest.
Perform light jogging in place. This will prepare your leg muscles for the exercises to follow. Start slowly and build up speed as you get used to the movement. Jog until you feel your heart increase and breathing become more rapid.
The following exercises are put in the order of the muscle they targets. So exercises that target the quadriceps for example are all performed in a row. And that goes for other major muscle groups. In addition, each exercise starts with low speed and range of motion which increases as the movement progresses. So here are the exercises by their order:
1. High Kicks:
Bend your leg as you raise it in front of you, then extend it as you reach the end of the range of motion. Then lower your leg while keeping it straight until you are back in the starting position. Repeat with your other leg. Force exertion should happen while doing the front kick, then let go as you lower your leg down.
2. High and Low Kicks:
Repeat the same above movement but instead of lowering straight leg, bend and kick down. Exert force with each leg high and low extension.
3. Single Leg Explosive Jumps:
Lean forward - slightly - as you bend one leg behind you then use your other leg to jump as high as you can. Land on the same leg, bring your legs together, and repeat on the other side. Feel your quadriceps with each jump.
Standing high kick straight leg back in a comfortable range of motion, then slowly bring your leg to stand again. Repeat on the other side.
2. Standing Donkey Kicks:
Increase the range of motion by bending your leg and extending back all the way, as you lean your body forward. Feel your glutes with each back kick. Then lower your leg back to the standing position and repeat on the other side.
3. Jumping Back Kicks
Perform kickbacks while jumping and alternating your legs. Raise your arms in front of you in an alternate motion. Do this exercise without pausing between the jumps.
1. Leg Curls
From standing, with your hands by your sides, bend your knees - one at a time - bringing your feet toward your butt. Alternate your knees in a continuous motion and imagine pushing the water with each knee curl.
2. Wide Leg Curls
Repeat the same exercise with a wider stance and your arms raised in front of you. This variation should be done with a bigger range of motion. Pull straight arms down with each curl, then return to to the starting position.
3. Running Curls
Perform the same back knee curls faster while jogging and alternate your arm pulls (same side leg-arm action)
Adductors and Abductors
1. Side Leg Sweep
Push one leg out as you bend your other leg and bring your in front to balance yourself. Pull the same leg in and return to the starting position. Repeat on the other side.
2. Side Leg Circles
Repeat Leg Sweeps wider, circling your leg around. Repeat the same on the other side.
Jump and push your legs out and in on both sides, in a pendulum motion. Alternate your legs and lean your torso opposite to your moving leg (so you don't overreach your hip).
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