Important Muscle Groups Should Lifeguards Work on

While lifeguard policies and norms differ from place to place, one thing remains the same. To be a lifeguard, you have to be up for a challenge and you have to be physically fit. With gyms closed down right now and the summer heat getting in the way of outdoor workouts, lifeguards should tune in to the most important muscle groups to work. Start here!

1.  Core

Your core is incredibly important as a lifeguard. Think of it as the glue that holds together your foundation for speed, coordination, balance, and agility.

Best exercises for your core: Planks, yoga, pilates, and oblique and ab workouts.

2. Quads

You’re going to be running a lot on the job, which means you’ll want to strengthen those quads. These muscles will form naturally over time, but if you don’t want to wait for the lifeguard quads to kick in, you can do some at-home workouts to strengthen them.

Best exercises for quads: Squats, leg lifts, leg press, and glute bridges.

3. Arms

We’re targeting your triceps and biceps here because heavy lifting is part of the job. Whether you’re rescuing a drowning victim or you’re lifting up something heavy, your arms will come in to play often.

Best exercises for quads: Yoga, push-ups, and planks.

Now, we’re focusing on three major muscle groups, but the bottom line is this: They all matter! Every muscle group factors into your physique, and it’s paramount that you’re in good shape when your job involves saving lives.

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