Why they use versatile aquatic exercise to improve their dry-land performance
They throw balls, lift weights, and run obstacle courses. They run, and they bike. And when they’re not doing that, they swim. Many athletes turn to aquatic fitness workouts to “cross train.” That is, they mix up their sport-specific training by including low-impact pool workouts.
According to the American Council on Exercise, cross training provides a range of benefits: reduced risk of injury, enhanced weight loss, improved total fitness, and increased engagement with exercise so that you don’t get bored and quit!
Aquatic exercise makes a great option for cross training. Working out in water is lower impact than dry-land exercise, so it’s easier on your ankles, knees, hips, and back. In the water, you can do anything that you can do on dry land, including running, cycling, and rowing. Of course, swimming provides a total-body workout to develop both strength and cardiovascular fitness.
These seven athletes, including professionals and amateurs, all turn to Endless Pools Original Series models to stay fit and flexible for other dry-land sports.