Pool Workout with Exercise Loops

Thursday, March 23 2023

Looking for a different way to tone your muscles in the pool?  Join Katy Coffey for a 20-minute water workout that targets upper body, lower body and core muscles with rubberized resistance loops. No loops? No problem. The loops can be purchased on Amazon in a variety pack of sizes for less than $15.00.

Do Your Job:  Workout-at-a- Glance
This 20-minute pool workout includes a quick warm-up and cool down and three working segments for major muscle groups in 1) upper body 2) lower body 3) core.  Consider doing this workout on its own when you are short on time or combine it with a cardio workout in the new playlist app feature when you want an extended pool workout. 

Loops 101
Most people think of foam dumbbells and noodles when it comes to water exercise equipment.  However, rubberized bands and loops can also be used in the pool for strength training.  The caveat is that most rubberized equipment is not designed for the aquatic environment and they experience wear and tear more quickly. Resistance bands used for land fitness can be used in the pool with extra precautions.  First and foremost, always check bands and loops for tears before use. Additionally, make sure you rinse the loops with water after use and then either dry them or hang them to dry in an area where they are not in direct sunlight.  In the Do Your Job video, Katy is switching back and forth between loops of various resistance, from light to heavy.  Therefore, it is best to purchase a package of loops that has varying resistance, such as the TechStone Set of 5 Resistance Bands, available on Amazon for $9.98.  Watch the video below for more information on the loops and then read all about Katy’s inspiration for creating this workout

Do Your Job – The Back Story
By Katy Coffey
I travel a ton training around the country for aquatic fitness. Though I am active on my feet, I find it's really important to still find time for quick work out for me. Strength training is my personal preference. There are four types of equipment to train muscles in the water, buoyant, weighted, drag and rubberized. Traveling with most aquatic fitness equipment is out of the question, but rubberized resistance loops fit nice and snug into my bag.
Benefits of training with loops vs standard aquatic fitness equipment

  • Increases strength:  Resistance loop training provides resistance throughout the entire movement, helping to build strength in the targeted muscles. This type of training can help increase muscle endurance and promote muscle growth.
  • Improves flexibility: Resistance loop training can also help improve flexibility and mobility by providing resistance during stretches and increasing the range of motion.
  • Low-impact: Resistance loop training can be a low-impact form of exercise, making it suitable for people who may have joint issues or other conditions that make high-impact exercises difficult.
  • Convenient: Resistance loop training can be done anywhere, making it a convenient option for those who may not have access to a gym or prefer to workout at home.
  • Versatile: Resistance loops come in a variety of resistance levels, making it easy to adjust the intensity of your workout. They can also be used for a wide range of exercises, from upper body to lower body and core exercises

Overall, resistance loop training can be an effective way to build strength, improve flexibility, and provide a convenient and versatile workout option

Poolfit extends a big thank you to Katy Coffey for sharing one of her personal favorite ways to exercise in the water. 

Author: Mark Grevelding is the founder of Fitmotivation. He is also a training specialist and consultant with the Aquatic Exercise Association’s (AEA). Mark has been active in the fitness industry for 22 years as a group fitness instructor, personal trainer, international presenter and a continuing education provider for AEA, AFAA & ACE.