Get toned in the swimming pool with these great water workouts

Get toned in the swimming pool with these great water workouts

Get toned in the swimming pool with these great water workouts

Slim in a Splash

Shed pounds in the pool without swimming laps (or sweating buckets). Our cool workout is a hot-day hit that gets results fast.

By Holly St. Lifer, self magazine

Dive right in!

Want to look better in a bathing suit? Use your (pool) noodle. Turns out, the ubiquitous foam toy (you’ve probably had backyard “sword” fights with one!) 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 N. Travis Triplett, Ph.D., program director of exercise science at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.

The trainer Mike Nicholson, a pro at The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers in New York City, created this refreshing routine exclusively for SELF.

The plan Complete three sets of reps for each sculptor three times per week on nonconsecutive days. To supersize your calorie sizzle, see “Melt Fat Fast.”

You’ll need A pool and a noodle. We opted for a dense version ($11; HydroFit.com) that provides added resistance. (We’re overachievers.)

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