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How to Use Water Aerobic Weights

Extra pounds weighing you down? Well, in the case of water aerobics that's always a good thing. Using water aerobic weights is one of the main ways that you can help your body get more toned while attending your fitness class. Generally made of foam and resembling barbells, you can use a wide variety of weights to help change up your workout or add to your daily routine. This guide will go over the many benefits and advantages of the water aerobic weights you should pick up for your next water workout.

    Dumbbells – Not just for the gym

  • Dumbbell weights are one of the greatest tools that you can use while you're out exercising in the pool. Water aerobic dumbbells are made for resistance training so you can easily do repetitions in the water and still achieve a good burn.
  • Why foam? There's a simple explanation for that: foam floats. While they are submerged in water, you'll have a more difficult time keeping them underwater and therefore have a greater resistance against your muscles. By keeping these weights as a foam alternative, it helps increase your overall strength training.
  • Your new exercise: One great way to use your weights is to do a simple half jumping jack while in the water.In shoulder-deep water, bring your weights down to your side. This will be your starting position. From there, bring your arms up to your shoulder height but without bringing the weights out of the water. Once you're up to the edge, bring them back down to the side. This can be done accompanying a jump with your legs pulling apart or while standing still.
  • Targeted Muscles: During this exercise your triceps, which is the area along the back length of your arm, will be getting the majority of the workout. By keeping your arms flexed and taut as you're slowly bringing the dumbbells to the edge of the water, you're creating a large amount of resistance for your body to work against and to help you get more in shape.

    What other weights are there?

  • Ankle weights: Made to be strapped onto your ankles, these can be a great way to make your running in water more challenging but all the more rewarding. We suggest keeping strapping these right above your ankle and fastened securely so they won't slip off as you're jogging through the water.
  • Wrist weights: These weights are a great way to make lifting the dumbbells out of the water all the more challenging. One exercise to try out while wearing wrist weights is to strap these on and do the same exercise listed for the dumbbells. This will provide a heavier object trying to keep the dumbbells down in the water and be more difficult to bring down.
  • Jogging belt: Change up your jogging routine by wearing a jogging belt. If you wear this while you're in shallow water you can use your abs and leg muscles to help keep your body sunken into the water so you can have more resistance every time you run across the water. always remember: the more resistance, the greater the challenge it is to move your body through the water and therefore the more pounds you'll lose.

    Putting it all together

  • Once you have all of your equipment settled, you'll be ready to tackle any workout class you have in the future and even being able to have your own underwater workouts on your own. If you have your own pool, this is an even better benefit.
  • One tip: Something you can try is combining your different tools that you've picked up into the same routine. Try putting on your ankle and wrist weights as you're carrying your dumbbells and run across the water. Not only will the extra weight slow you down, but it will be a fun fight to keep the dumbbells down as you're moving them through the water to go with your running motion.

Water aerobics is a wonderful way to workout with very little chance of injury and a good way to help recover safely. By choosing this activity, you're greatly helping yourself and shedding pounds in the water so you can leave the pool a better and lighter you.

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1 year ago.
I’ve been doing a water aerobics class at a local gym where the instructor has several movements where the weights are raised out of the water. My instructor at the pool where I go in Florida says that hand weights should stay below the water for resistance so I tend to keep them down. What would you suggest?
1 year ago.
Hi Louise!

The instructor is actually right wherein the weights should stay below the water for resistance. That is how the work out works with it.
1 year ago.
I’ve just bought webbed gloves and ankle weights to up my exercise in the pool, do you have any advice on exercise . I’m needing a partial knee replacement soon.
3 years ago.
Can I do arm exercises with the aquatic dumbbells several days in a row, or do I need to give my muscles a rest and skip every other day? What about deep water workouts using the floatation belt?
3 years ago.
Honestly, I would say it would depend on how rigorous your workouts would be and how sore you are the next day. You know your body better than anyone so if you're getting pretty sore, it's best to take a rest day.

I would not see any reason you couldn't use these, along with a flotation belt in deep water. I would be sure to wear the belt because if not, you would get pretty sore and tired rather quickly.
miriam ponzano
3 years ago.
I have seen water weights at the gym that you can add water inside of it . does it make a difference if there is water inside the weights?
3 years ago.
Hello Miriam,
Both the weights you fill with water and the foam weights work the same. They both cause resistance in water. The benefit for the weights you fill with water is that you can empty them and fold them when not using, taking up less space than the foam weights.
6 years ago.
Hi Lorraine,

Putting together the Sprint Aquatics Kickboard Rack is not at all hard. You should recieve directions on how to put it together. If you have any questions or need help, please feel free to contact our customer service at 1-800-691-4065. Have a wonderful day!
6 years ago.
Thanks, some really good info.
Can you advise me on the 'Kickboard rack'????
My question is; level of difficulty in assemblying it.
Thank you.
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