5 Workouts Lifeguards Need to Keep in Shape

In order to be able to run on the beach, jump in the water, and rescue patrons, lifeguards need to be in tip-top shape. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 5 great workouts for lifeguards to stay in shape. Read below to learn more about these exercises!

Push-Ups

It’s important to get your arm muscles moving, and push-ups do a great job of that. This helps target your upper arms, back, and core so that you have the strength to be able to make rescues inside and outside of the water.

Crunches

Often mistaken as the “easy workout,” crunches are really helpful in strengthening your core and helping out with your overall sense of balance. Try completing 100 crunches a day, and then up that number as you get better at it.

Squats

Don’t forget about your lower body strength! As a lifeguard, you’ll need to bend down and pick things up, so it’s a good idea to work on your quads – which happen to be part of the largest muscle group of the body.

Cat-Cows

This exercise has a yoga slant to it, but that doesn’t undermine how much it helps you as a lifeguard. Cat-cows aid you by stretching out your body while also boosting your overall strength and stability.

Swimmers

As expected, something related to swimming! Swimmers are performed while you’re lying flat on your stomach and you kick your legs and lift your arms at the same time. This strengthens the lower back muscles, neck muscles, and works on your balance.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Those are “exercises,” not “work-outs.” A work-out would typically consist of a collection of exercises. Legs are important for far more than lifting stuff on solid ground as you suggest; for a deep water rescue, you need some serious leg muscle to tread water while manipulating a backboard and for swimming your victim in with minimal use of your arms (which will likely be holding your victim or supporting the backboard).

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