Slip into your swimsuit and treat your body to one of the best all-over toners. Want to get serious about your strokes? Follow these pointers from Olympic gold medalist Amanda Beardand get more benefit out of your pool time.
It’s all about timing—breathing too often can slow your stroke. The ideal: Inhale on every third stroke, then exhale while underwater. There isn’t enough time to breathe in and out when your mouth breaks the surface; if you try, you’ll gulp water instead of air.
Every swimmer has her go-to style. But to build power you need to mix things up. Freestyle is great for total-body toning. Breaststroke will give you leaner legs and a shapely butt. Butterfly improves upper-body strength. And backstroke results in a trim, powerful core. Swim at least one lap of each stroke during your workout.