An aquatic bicycle is pool fitness equipment used in pools that are 1 to 1.50 meters deep. The bikes allow you to pedal against water resistance which is determined by four paddle wheels that are adjustable on three levels. The aqua bikes rest on the floor of the pool and use waist high for resistance.
Benefits of Water Cycling
- Aqua cycling helps protect your health, bone structure, joints, and muscles.
- This exercise can help you burn up to 800 calories per hour. Water pressure increases blood circulation, and excess fat in the body is melted. Increased blood circulation also helps energize the legs.
- Promote flexibility, recovery from work-out, posture, and muscle relaxation.
Swimming barbells, also called water weights, are used to work both your arms and your whole upper body equally.
Types of Water Barbell Exercises
Barbell arm-press exercise
This exercise requires you to position your barbells out at your side, so your body is in a T-position while at the deep end of the pool. Using your arms to control the barbells, bring the barbells down to your side touching the side of your legs and back up to the water surface, so your body is in a T-position once again.
Barbell crunch exercise
This exercise targets the abdominal muscles. Hold your arms at your sides in a vertical position at the deep end of the pool and bring your legs toward your chest as far as you can. You can also do this exercise while floating on your back then slowly bring your legs to your chest and straighten them again.
Barbell scissor kick exercise
The scissor kick exercise is aimed at building your thigh muscles, butt, and abdominal muscles. Use your barbells to hold yourself in a vertical position at the deep end of the pool with your arms stretched out in front of you. Kick your right leg forward and your left leg forward then repeat then switch the motion.
Benefits of Using Water Barbells:
- Water barbells increase cardiovascular fitness
- These are convenient water tools that help tone muscles and increase muscles endurance
These are handheld underwater equipment ideal for a number of underwater exercises such as like curls, lunges, breaststroke arms, lateral raises among others. Water dumbbells are made of soft non-abrasive closed cell foam, or plastic floats attached to a plastic rod. Water dumbbells are excellent for resistant training as you try to lower them in the water. The bigger the foam the more resistance your dumbbells will provide.
Benefits of Using Water Dumbbells:
- Aquatic dumbbells help strengthen your shoulders muscles, arms, back and core by reducing stress on joints, bones and muscles.
- They provide stability and additional support atop the water surface
- Water dumbbells increase cardiovascular stamina by holding them when running, leaping or jumping jacks in water
Ankle and Wrist Weights
These are a variety of ankle foams attached to the ankles and wrists to provide increased endurance in underwater aerobics.
Benefits of Ankle and Wrist Weights:
- They help strengthen muscles such as glutes, quadriceps, and hamstrings
- They burn calories and promote cardiovascular and pulmonary health
Kickboards and Pull Buoys
Using kickboards and pull buoys help is the perfect way to work on your stroke and efficiency.
A pull buoy is held between the thighs to float the hips and legs on the water surface. Only the hands are used for forwarding momentum.
Benefits of Using a Pull Buoy:
- Pull buoy trains and sustains your body position by helping the swimmer achieve a horizontal alignment
- They allow the swimmer to practice continuously without stroke deterioration
A kickboard is great for isolating the legs and to keep your head above the water for unlimited breathing. You can do freestyle kick, breast kick, or butterfly kick with the kickboard. While on the kickboard let your chest drop low into the water so your legs come up easily.
Benefits of Using Kickboards:
- Kickboard give balance and buoyancy and help to isolate desired movements such as the flutter kick in freestyle and the dolphin kick in butterfly
- Kickboards help provide swimmers with arms rest from intense arm workouts by emphasizing the importance using the legs