Water cycling or aqua cycling, is riding a specially designed underwater bike in the pool. It is a fun aerobic activity done on a Hydrorider or aquatic bike, a bike specially made for underwater and leveraging water resistance.
Riding an underwater bike is a great form of cardio as it allows you to work out while having a low toll on the body, especially on your joints. While riding a bike in the water might seem like an odd concept, it offers great cardiovascular benefits.
Aqua Cycling is where low impact meets high intensity
Did you know that water is about 800 times denser than air? So when it comes to cycling that means it offers about 12 times more resistance than a land based bike, and can burn up to 800kcal per hour. The faster you pedal, the more resistance you create, ensuring that you can work out to your fitness level.
It's as easy as riding a bike, but with the benefits of water. The water's natural characteristics of being buoyant takes the pressure off the joints, alleviates pain, and helps in discomfort while you are able to achieve the benefits of a strong cardiovascular workout.
Enjoy the benefits of high-intensity exercise without next-day soreness of the joints and the muscles and in the comfort of your home.
Benefits of Aqua Cycling
Whether you are young or old, an athlete or a beginner, aqua cycling can be enjoyed by everyone.
As a low-impact aquatic exercise, the benefits of cycling underwater are:
● It is a fun and enjoyable workout
● It burns up to 800 calories per hour
● It strengthens cardiovascular endurance
● Improves coordination
● Enhances muscle strength
● Tones major muscle groups such as the core, arms, legs, and chest muscles
● It is kind and light on the joints and muscles
● It is a helpful rehabilitative exercise
● It is a good recovery workout
● Help reduce stress and improve sleep quality
● Increases blood flow
● Helps reduce cellulite
How many calories do you burn while aqua cycling?
Calculating how many calories does riding a bike burn depends on a variety of factors, including the time, intensity, speed, water resistance, and weight of the bike rider. On average, aqua cycling for an hour would burn around 800 calories.
The Center for Disease and Control Prevention recommends adults aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity cardio per week. Since aqua cycling is considered aerobic exercise or cardio, that means if you are looking to take up water cycling for weight loss, consider dividing and conquering those 150 minutes in multiple bike riding sessions each week.
Harness the power of your pool
When it comes to working out, getting to the gym is half the battle. My Pool My Gym, can bring the gym to you at home where it is convenient. Their pool ready equipment makes it easy to workout in the comfort of your own backyard pool this summer.
Can I aqua cycle in my pool?
Aqua Cycling in your pool at home has never been easier. All you need is an AquaBike. My Pool My gym stocks a range of AquaBikes in Australia to suit your needs. Perfect for any pool! All equipment is specifically designed for regular use in pools of all shapes, sizes, surfaces and water types. The base is height adjustable to any angle or incline on the bottom of the pool. The equipment is made of marine grade stainless steel, it will not rust and requires low to no maintenance.
Motivation to keep you pedalling
Like any exercise, motivation is key. You can aqua cycle at your own pace at home or with the support of specially made aqua cycling audio program packages from My Pool My Gym. Simply click on the link on your phone, connect your phone to your speaker and select play. They have everything you need to get started and stay motivated.
Build your own gym in your pool at home
Transform your home pool into your own personal fitness center, and enjoy the invigorating and therapeutic benefits of aqua cycling. Enjoy working out in your pool at home this summer.