When I first heard about pool running, I thought it was for injured runners or grandmas. Boy was I misinformed. After “diving” into pool running the last 2 summers, I’ve realized it’s a great way to stay cool and get a workout. (This post contains affiliate links)
Pool Running 101
Is pool running only for injured runners?
While pool running is a fantastic way for injured runners to stay in shape, pool running is for everyone. In fact, new runners and experienced runners can benefit from adding in some pool running into their schedules. Pool running can provide a fantastic cardio workout without the beat down of more miles.
Is pool running really a workout?
You bet it is! The added resistance of the water allows you to get an upper body workout while mimicking the lower body movements of running. It’s a excellent way to get another run day in without the impact. I was surprised by how high my heart rate got and how breathless I can become by pool running.
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Do I have to be a good swimmer to pool run?
While it’s important to have basic swim skills while exercising in the pool, you do not need to be Michael Phelps to benefit from pool running.
What equipment do I need? How deep does my pool need to be?
Running in shallow water does create impact so it is recommended to run in deeper water where your feet will not touch the ground. A simple flotation belt that will keep you afloat and upright is all you need to get started. Additionally, this also allows you greater range of motion to move your arms the way you would while dry land running and allows for more cardio intensive workout. Some people like to add hand weights for more of a challenge.
If you are looking for a more structured pool running program, I’ve been using the Fluid Running System for 2 years and I am a huge fan. Fluid Running is an app based program with access to a wide variety of coach guided pool workouts. You can purchase the complete program including the flotation belt, waterproof headphones and guided workouts or just purchase the workouts. Founded and coached by Jennifer Conroyd, an ironman and 15 time Boston Marathon finisher, it’s a solid program and a great workout. I am looking forward to using mine often this summer.