Shed pounds in the pool with this cool workout. It's a hot-day hit that will get results fast.
Want to look better in your swim suit? Use your (pool) noodle. Turns out, the ubiquitous foam toy is also an ultra-effective tone-up tool. "Because the device is buoyant, you have to engage multiple muscle groups to counter its flotation, burning calories and firming in the process," says Harish J. N., swim-training instructor at the Indian Olympic Association.
The plan Complete three sets of reps for each sculptor three times per week on non-consecutive days.
Float in deep water with noodle wrapped around upper back and under arms, hands on either end. Extend legs toward pool bottom, feet together, toes pointed. Engage abs and raise knees toward chest (as shown). Hold for two seconds, then straighten legs for one rep. Do 20 reps. WORKS ABS, HIPS, LEGS.
Stand with feet hip-width apart in chest-deep water and hold one end of noodle in each hand, arms extended in front of you underwater, noodle bent into a U. Push noodle toward pool bottom as you lift left leg and step over noodle into a lunge (as shown). Step back to start. Repeat on opposite side for one rep. Do 10 reps. WORKS ARMS, CHEST, BACK, BUTT, LEGS
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