Kickboards can be just as effective in vertical water fitness as they are in horizontal swimming activities. Join Shelley Owens for a 45-minute pool workout that includes over 20 minutes of kickboard fitness challenges. This shallow water workout also includes high energy cardio without a kickboard.
This kickboard cardio workout begins with a 10-minute warm-up that features a series of exercises that are designed to gradually increase the heartrate while preparing the muscles and joints for the more intense kickboard action. The next three active working segments feature 20-minutes of kickboard water exercise that challenge cardio endurance, upper body, core, balance and more. The workout concludes with a high energy cardio segment without the kickboard, followed by a cool down/stretch.
Kickboard Details & Safety
Kickboards come in many different styles and sizes. It is recommended that for water fitness activities that you use a sturdy board that is easy to grip. A larger surface area, or a board around 20 inches in length is ideal. The reason the kickboard is not used for the full 45-minutes is because that would require too much gripping over an extended amount of time. Gripping can be uncomfortable for people with arthritic conditions in their fingers. Maintaining a tight grip for a prolonged period is also not recommended for people with hypertension. As always, feel free to modify any of the exercises to suit your needs. At the end of the kickboard segment, Shelley performs an exercise standing on the board. Please note, this is an advanced exercise and you should avoid doing it if you are in close proximity with other people in the pool in case you lose control of the board. Watch Shelley and Sharlie talk more about using a kickboard in aquatic fitness classes and read below the inspiration behind Kickboard Cardio.
By Sharlie Peterson, Shock Wave Aqua Fitness founder
Kickboards aren’t just for swimmers. In fact, using a Kickboard is recommended for everyone from active older adults to young athletes to train the core and strengthen the muscles.
Shelley (my mom) loves to use a Kickboard in her Shockwave Aqua Fitness classes, not only for the extra push of resistance training the board provides, but also for working on balance and stability. It takes some serious focus on proper form and stance when utilizing a kickboard in aquatic classes, especially when using the board for arm exercises where the feet are planted on the pool floor while pushing and pulling. It’s extremely important for instructors to demonstrate kickboard exercises with knowledge not only of the muscles being targeted, but also proper posture.
In Kickboard Cardio, the kickboard portion of class is between 20-25 minutes in length and squeezed in between a warm up of built-up cardio exercise and an ending of one last cardio push. Most kickboard exercises should be performed with slower, more controlled movement rather than focusing on how fast an exercise can be executed. Participants should focus on the effort of power behind each push and glide of the kickboard. Because these exercises are slower, the kickboard section is combined with cardio exercise without the use of the board, so participants do not get too chilled depending on water temperature. The combination of cardio and kickboard is a great way to get fit in the pool. We hope you will utilize a Kickboard in your own classes to see just how beneficial they can be to a water workout.
Poolfit extends gratitude to Shelley for sharing her passion for water fitness with subscribers. Check out her other Poolfit video, Core Suspense, a deep water cardio & core workout.
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