Carve out your abs, tone your tummy and strengthen your core with our advice on how to use your swimming session to tone your stomach.
Swimming is already a great all-over workout, but with a few tweaks you can tailor your fitness session to strengthen and tone your tummy and abdominal muscles too.
Breaststroke, butterfly and backstroke are some of the most popular core-targeting strokes, but for best results, we suggest mixing the following into your pool session:
Swim your way to firmer abs and a toned tummy with our elite swim tips and advice
Keeping your back straight and head facing forward, start to walk or run through the water. Because of the added resistance provided by the water, you’ll have to work harder to move through it. Lift your knees as high as possible and feel your stomach muscles starting to work hard. Training accessory tip: The Speedo aqua belt is a great tool to use for this kind of training, as it helps keep you upright in the water while creating the posture you naturally adopt when running outside.
If you want to take some time out from lane swimming, try a few minutes treading water in the deep end to add some variety to your swim. To get the maximum effect from treading water, bring your knees up as high as possible and keep your stomach muscles tight. Try this for one minute without stopping.
Adding a kickboard to your workout can be an effective way to tone your stomach. By lying on your back in the water and holding a kickboard to your chest, your stomach muscles are made to work harder in order to keep your body balanced and your head above water.
The ‘wall grab’
To take stomach toning to the next level, try an exercise we call the wall grab. When you’re at the edge of the pool, hold yourself up on the side using your elbows. Starting with your legs straight or bent (whichever you prefer), gently bring your legs up until you’re in a seated position. Hold this seated position for around 10 seconds, then relax. Repeat this as many times as you want – or can achieve!
Looking to use your time in the pool to burn as many calories as possible? Read our feature How to burn more calories without swimming for longer.