Three terrific swim strokes for the ideal workout in your swim spa
February 18th, 2022 – Spring is just around the corner! I don’t know about you, but this time of year always has me thinking about ways to get active and try to get in better shape.
One of the terrific things about owning a swim spa at home is not only the great entertainment aspect of it. It is also an excellent way to get in a great all over body workout that’s easy on your joints and excellent for your heart, weight loss and more.
Here are three swim strokes you can easily do in your swim spa.
- Backstroke—Targets thighs & back muscles
The backstroke is done when floating on your back, moving each arm backwards to create a paddling motion. In combination with the arm movement, you’ll also be doing a flutter kick—each leg making a light push one at a time.
With each arm’s backward movement, you’ll give your latissimus dorsi—the muscles on your shoulder—a good workout. Your flutter kicks working against the resistance of the water will do wonders for your thighs.
- Butterfly—Targets back, shoulders…and excellent for core
The butterfly is the way to get that expansive chest! Swum on the chest with both of your arms moving symmetrically, while keeping them straight throughout the entire stroke. Arms get extended above the head and then travel backwards underwater. You’ll want your arm movements to make a perfect circle over and over. You’ll be combining your arm motions with a dolphin kick—both legs pressed together as you kick up and down, mimicking the movement of a dolphin’s tale.
The butterfly will work out your anterior deltoids (shoulder muscles) as well as your pectorals…those chest muscles you want to build to impress. The leg movement portion of this stroke will strengthen your core!
- Freestyle—For endurance, weight loss & cardio
Freestyle requires repetitive submerging and re-emerging of your head, taking in breaths as you rise out of the water. As your head bops below and above water, you’re making windmill arc motions with your arms. The exercise is finished out by adding a flutter kick.
During this stroke, breathing as little as possible will up your speed and endurance. Freestyle also provides unique cardio challenges that will mimic a high-intensity cardio workout. It will help your heart, aid in weight loss, reduce stress and significantly improve your overall health.
Swimming gives you a chance to do a complete body workout every time you take a dip vs. targeting various muscle groups as you would at the gym. You’ll love the muscle tone you achieve, and swimming releases fantastic amounts of feel-good endorphins. It will really help transform your physique!
If you have access to a swimming pool, this will be an excellent regimen for there as well. But! If you don’t have access to a pool (or room for one at home!), a swim spa is the perfect solution. You’ll be able to reap the benefits of swim fitness in your own backyard every day, as well as create a wonderful place to entertain and relax.
Is it time to consider a swim spa at home? If so, Olympic has the perfect solution for you! Our line of Vita Swim Spas offer state-of-the-art equipment for swimming against a current and will put your fitness goals within reach.
Check out the range of models on our website and visit our swim spa planning page today. Or better yet, visit one of our showrooms and take a test swim in a Vita Swim Spa. We’ll have you on the road to a better you and a better life in no time!
Author: Don Riling
Don Riling is the President of Olympic Hot Tub and has been an active member of the hot tub industry for over 27 years. As the company’s owner since 2016, he has continued Olympic’s legacy of promoting health & wellness through water.