And more advanced water fitness enthusiasts will love how hand buoys challenge their entire body and cardiovascular system. If you’re interested in starting a training program with Hydro-Fit hand buoys, check out the step-by-step guide and exercises below.
Use the Hydro-Fit hand buoys to warm up for your cardio and strength training routine. Start with a knee-high jog. In deep water, hold a hand buoy with both hands in front of your body at the surface of the water. Quickly bring one knee to the buoy and return it to the ground. Do the same with the other knee and repeat alternating legs for one minute. For a slightly more advanced move, speed up the warm-up set by performing a knee-high jog with the buoy held underwater at your side for strength and stability.
Hand buoys are great for getting your heart rate up and burning off unwanted fat and extra inches. A good example of a cardiovascular exercise is the Tuck Jump. Place a Hydro-Fit hand buoy between your legs in chest deep water. Once your lower half is stabilized underwater, jump up and bring your knees to your chest as you would in a tuck jump. Hold the spot for a second and then bring your feet back to the bottom of the pool. Or try Butt Kicks in the water while spinning the buoy around your waist. In waist-deep water, kick your legs back in a jogging motion and kick up and back like you’re trying to kick your butt. As you work your lower body, hold the hand buoy at the surface and swing it around your waist for a full-body cardio workout.
The toning exercise options with the Hydro-Fit hand buoys seem endless. To easily tone your core, stand in chest-deep water, submerge a hand buoy underwater, and hold it at your belly button. From here, move from side to side to really work your inner and outer abs. Work your legs by performing a Mogul Ski exercise. Put a buoy between your legs and stand in water up to your chest. While holding the buoy, jump from side to side, like a ski tycoon. This will help tone and shape the muscles in your lower body. And of course hand buoys are great for strengthening your upper body. Try to find various ways to push and pull the buoy while it is submerged. Its natural buoyancy will continuously work against the muscles in your arms, shoulders, back and chest to produce a great upper body workout.
Flexibility exercises can be done at the end of your workout to help stretch and lengthen your muscles. Try passing the hand buoy behind your back, changing it from hand to hand. Or see if you can submerge the buoy enough to pass between your legs, from hand to hand, in a figure 8 motion. Both of these exercises will help improve your overall flexibility and allow you to cool down after a hard session in the pool.
As you can see, there are several ways to get cardio and strength training with the simple Hydro-Fit hand buoys. Follow any of the exercises above, or create your own creative ways to train. You really can’t go wrong with these versatile training tools!