You know how you sometimes read a pin on Pinterest and it has a title like “Hardcore Pool Workout” and you think really? Is it really hardcore?
I tried this particular workout the other day.
First, let me start off by saying that the water is where I feel most at home. I love the freeing feeling of the water and the way it ignores all flaws of a woman who is not a bathing suit model in any sense of the word. I have been a swimmer since I was three. Took swimming lessons at the YMCA and have not stopped swimming since. I love it. So, if given the chance to do a workout in the pool, I will gladly accept this challenge.
That being said, this workout kicked my butt (insert a stronger word here if you like). It says it’s like fun in the water. Yeah, fun if you already have some kind of muscles and are not built like a sea mammal with layers of blubber that lives in the arctic.
The first of these exercises was the K-Tread. Basically you tread water while doing Rockette kicks underwater in the deep end. Not too hard. Just keep your toes pointed. Don’t want to be kicked off the line for not having pointy toes.
The next move was called “The Otter Roll.” In this amazing move, you had to take a beach ball and roll around like one of those cute otters eating a sea urchin. Doesn’t seem like it would be hard, but let me tell you, holding that ball, not so easy.
The “Ball Lever” was also seemingly easy until you try to do more than three in a row.
The “Pike Skull” was actually pretty easy. I liked this one the best. I could do this one all day and be happy.
Then to finish out this workout, you are supposed to end with the “Wave Maker.” First, do not attempt the wave maker if there are children in the pool with you. They may end up swallowing water. Second, do not attempt the wave maker if your mother and her friend are sitting on the pool deck in the shallow end with their feet in the water, they may get soaked. So, after you have adequately warned and/or cleared the pool of any potential drowning victims, you may begin this torturous exercise move.
All of these moves are to be done for 30 seconds and then repeated. Eventually, the idea is to build up each one’s time and ultimately “tone” your body. If you survive the first set of 30 second reps then you might end up with the ideal bathing suit body, or at least as close as us real people can imagine getting.
I don’t know that I will be as skeptical now of pins that are labeled “Ultimate,” “Hardcore,” or “Killer.” They might not be lying.