Although the Tough Spot Gym spotters use a variety of methods that incorporate strength and cardiovascular training, swimming is one type of cardio exercise that should be part of everyone’s fitness regimen. Swimming is a non-weight-bearing activity, so it is ideal if you have experienced an injury or if you want to give your body a rest from other high impact exercise. Indeed, it is one of the most effective exercises for active recovery! The pressure exerted by the water can help to force blood deeper into the muscle, allowing for a faster recovery. Swimming is also a great calorie-burner, as swimming laps burns 400 to 700 calories per hour. Cardiovascular-wise, it can increase both your aerobic and anaerobic capacity. And finally, the resistance provided by the water will allow you to work the arms, shoulders, back, legs, and core.
The KatMa Strength & Conditioning Guide features swimming as an option on Cardio days.