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Exercising in a Pool to Meet All Your Fitness Needs

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Creating a water fitness exercise routine appeals to people with all types of fitness ability of all ages. A swimmer with arthritis or back conditions find a pool the perfect place to obtain an aerobic workout and to stretch out. A seasoned athlete will use a pool to build strength and endurance.


Your backyard swimming pool can truly become your very own fitness complex. There are many trainers, videos, and instructors that can get you started on the right foot and with the right techniques so you can be successful. In a swimming pool of any size you can get an awesome workout. Before beginning your own exercise program, be sure that you consult your doctor.


It has long been a proven medical fact that regular aerobic exercise helps to prevent heart disease. In order to have a true cardiovascular workout in a pool, you must move rapidly and work with effort. Your heart rate during your workout should reach 70-85% of your max heart rate. How do you determine that? Do the following easy calculation. 220 beats per minute and then subtract your age. Multiply that by your percentage of workout, 70 to 85%. To difficult? Here is an example. Let’s use a 45 year old person. 220 – 45 = 175 maximum heart rate. 80% of that maximum would require and maintain 140 beats per minute for 20 minutes. Too much for you? Try settling your initial goal at 65-70%. Bottom line, swimming increases your metabolic rate and it works on the entire body.


As far as all or you 40 plus million Americans that have arthritis, almost half of you limit your activities due to the arthritis. In general, pool water buoyancy makes exercising easier on your joints than non-pool exercising programs. The pool’s water pressure can even, in many cases, decrease joint swelling. The warmer the pool water, the better you will feel. Always make it a habit of letting your muscles relax before and after the exercise routine. It is also best to move your arms or legs slowing and gently when attempting a full range of motion and never force a movement. Begin and end your routine with the easiest exercise.


Hope you find this information helpful and we will continue more on the benefits of swimming pool exercise at a later date.


With over forty years (43) in the fiberglass pools industry, American Fiberglass Pools is a swimming pool company tailored to a standard of quality, which is second to none in the swimming pool industry. Our expertise since 1971 is construction and renovation of commercial swimming pools as well as literally thousands of residential backyard swimming pools. It is our desire to provide each customer with the opportunity to take advantage of this quality by receiving nothing short of preferential treatment in the way of swimming pool design and construction. Realizing that no two projects or customers are alike, we have arranged for American Fiberglass Pools to cater to each and every customer specifically. Therefore, every swimming pool built by American Fiberglass Pools is original.

Further, you will be dealing with a stable company that boasts the same name, ownership, location, products and services for forty (43) years. You can also expect careful planning, meticulous supervision and skilled craftsmanship- characteristics known only to the discretionary customer who demands only the finest that the swimming pool industry has to offer. In other words, American Fiberglass Pools is not only providing you a place for you and your family to swim, but a pool which leads to the total leisure environment.

If you have any further questions, contact us and we will be happy to assist you. We look forward to meeting with you soon and providing you with a plan for the perfect pool for you, our valued customer.



Happy swimming!