Most swimmers will agree that the sweet spots for muscle tone from swimming are the chest and shoulders. However, it is possible to use your swimming work out to shape up your entire body. Don’t forget that a good pair of legs gets you to the pool in the first place.
Also, if you are looking for great legs but have had knee injuries or other problems, swimming is the great LOW IMPACT work out that can still give you great TONE and definition. Here are some tips for how to get a leg work out during your swim.
Swimming really is a great way to get a full body work out. Unlike running and cycling, swimming engages your whole body. The key to getting great legs is to keep your legs constantly moving. Just this step alone can up your tone.
Two strokes that really get a great leg work out are the backstroke and the dolphin kick. Both of these strokes still use the whole body,but also have a HIGH INTENSITY for the legs. When doing the backstroke it is best to use the FLUTTER KICK to get the most bang for your buck. The backstroke and dolphin kick are two great leg work outs because they use the whole leg for the kick.
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Swimming with a KICKBOARD can help for both beginners and experts. Grabbing a kickboard immediately focuses your work out on your legs instead of your whole body. This means you can put more energy into your legs and give your arms a rest.
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Combine all three for the best outcome. Do the backstroke flutter kick or the dolphin kick with a kickboard and fins and you will get the best leg work out you can while in the water.
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