The weekend is upon us, summer is in full swing, and cool water is calling your name. But wait- water means swimsuit… swimsuit means… oh no, all my bits will be on display for all the world to see. Don’t let your jiggly bits, your soft bits, and your squishy bits keep you from throwing on that bikini and heading to the pool because you can tone those jiggly triceps, those soft abs, and those squishy legs IN your bikini AT the pool! Toning and tanning? Um, yes please.
Grab a pool chair and place it in front of the pool ladder. Facing the chair, brace yourself with arms extended on the pool ladder and lift your legs to rest them on the chair (a). Perform a tricep dip and lower your body in between the pool ladder until your elbows are at a 90 degree angle, dropping your butt straight down (b). Return your arms to their extended position, pinning your arms against your sides and lats (a).
With your chair still in front of the pool ladder, face away from the chair and brace yourself on the handles of the ladder. Bring your legs up behind you to rest on the chair and assume a plank position (a). Lower your chest in between the ladder and perform a pushup (b).
Pool Float Plank
In the same position as the Poolside Pushup, maintain the plank position with arms extended (a). Alternatively, you can perform a plank on the ground, using a pool float as a cushion for your elbows or hands (whichever plank position you prefer).
Bikini Flutter Kick
Go to the pool steps/ladder or hold on to the edge of the pool (harder). Raise your legs to 90 degrees while keeping your core tight and your back flat. Flutter kick your legs alternating between 20 seconds of big kicks and 20 seconds of quick, small kicks.
Sunny Split Squat
Assume a split squat position on your pool chair with your right leg resting on the seat of the chair (a). Perform 15 reps and then switch legs.
Toned and Tanned Treading
Hop in the water and tread, tread, tread! Try to keep as much of your body above water as possible!
Sunkissed Sit ups
While in the pool, hook your legs through the rungs of the pool ladder. Crossing your arms over your chest, lower yourself backwards until your back is in the water and sit up. For a challenge, hold your breath and let your torso lower into the water before sitting up- the water will add extra resistance!
While holding on to the pool ladder or the edge of the pool, perform a scissor kick by spreading your legs into a wide V (3) and then bringing your legs back to center and crossing one over the other to make an X (2).
We all have our insecurities, which are often amplified by having to strip down to our skivvies at the pool. However, never let that hold you back from enjoying yourself with some summer fun! We all have our imperfections, but that’s what makes us human! If you have a smile on your face and carry yourself with confidence, no one will notice that extra inch you wish you could lose or that part of your thighs you hate. With this pool workout, you can enjoy some summer fun at the pool and work on those trouble spots so you can look even more slammin’ in that bikini.