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Top 5 Swim Spa Exercises You Should Know

Posted on August 1, 2019

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Use your home spa to get in shape — and stay in shape.

Home spas can be a great way to destress after a long day, but did you know that they can also be an excellent exercise resource? A spa is the perfect way to get in gentle exercise while also benefiting from the natural resistance of the water as you work. Trying to put together a swim spa exercise routine and not sure where to start? Here are 5 swim spa exercises you'll want to include:

Jog in Place

This seems so simple you might wonder why it's worth noting, but it's effective. Try to bring your knees up as high as possible while jogging, and if you need more resistance, turn on the spa jets to a low setting and try not to be pushed back as you work. If you're looking for more of a challenge, you can turn around so that your back is to the jets and jog in place from that direction, or build up the power behind the jets as you get more comfortable.

Side Hops

This one will look a little silly, but it has excellent benefits when it comes to your lower body. Keeping your legs together and bending at the knees as you go, hop from one side to the other. This exercise can wind you out pretty quickly, so start with just 1 minute reps, but feel free to build up as you start to adjust to them.

Resistance Bands

For this, you'll need two tools: your resistance bands and something stable on which to attach them. This might be anything from a broomstick fastened to the spa or hooks attached to the wall of the spa. Turn the jets on and use the combined resistance of the water and the ropes to pull the resistance bands towards you. It's a great way to strengthen both your arms and your core. Weights are a great substitute if you can't find anything on which to fasten your resistance bands.

Torso Twists

This is a good core exercise. Keep your feet planted firmly at the bottom of the tub and your arms out. Turn just your upper body to face one side and then the other. You should try this in repetitions of 20-30. Usually 3 sets is the recommended amount, but if you're new to this kind of workout, don't push yourself too hard. Do as much as you can and build up from there. You can even eventually move on to torso crunches, balancing yourself on the sides of the tub and pulling your knees up to your torso.


This may feel similar to jogging in place, but it's a different angle and slightly different movement. Back up to the wall of the tub to balance yourself there. Face upwards and begin moving your legs as though pedaling on a bicycle. Here again, the natural resistance of the water will be an excellent pushback to give you the workout you need without wearing you out as quickly as the same workout might in air.

Need the perfect spa to get started with your spa workout? Contact Paradise Decks & Spas today for more information or a free estimate.

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