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10 Pool Exercises That Tone Head to Toe

Pool Workout: 10 Water Exercises that Tone Your                        Abs, Arms, Legs, and Back

Did you know you can get an awesome workout in the pool without swimming laps (or breaking a sweat)? Water’s high density level provides 12 to 15 times more resistance than air, which makes it a great environment for building lean muscles. Plus, a variety of aquatic fitness equipment, including hand buoys, water dumbbells, and ankles weights, enhances resistance for a more challenging workout.

Get in the pool and perform these 10 water exercises from HYDRO-FIT, INC., to tone your abs, arms, back, and legs, and blast major calories!


Equipment needed:

1. Wave Web® Pro water fitness gloves

2. Classic Cuffs ankle, arm, and wrist cuffs (these can also be used as a flotation belt)

3. Hand Buoys

4. HYDRO-FIT Noodle

1. Wave Web Pro Water Fitness Gloves by HYDRO-FIT INC 2. HYDRO-FIT Classic Cuffs Ankle, Wrist, and Arm Weights

3. HYDRO-FIT Hand Buoys 4. HYDRO-FIT Noodle


Get the equipment >> www.hydrofit.com



Water Exercises:


1. Squat Jacks/Power Chest Press
Squat Jacks/Power Chest Press - Move ASquat Jacks/Power Chest Press - Move B



2. Leg Raise (right)/Shoulder Raise (repeat on left side)

Leg Raise/Should Raise - Right - Move A Leg Raise/Should Raise - Right - Move B



3. Sit Kick/Scull

Sit Kick/Scull - Move A Sit Kick/Scull - Move B



4. Straddle Stance/Churn Figure 8
Straddle Stance/Churn Figure 8 - Move AStraddle Stance/Churn Figure 8 - Move B



5. Rocking Horse (right leg)/Lat Pull (left arm) - (repeat on opposite sides)
Rocking Horse Right Leg/Lat Pull Left Arm - Move ARocking Horse Right Leg/Lat Pull Left Arm - Move B



6. Lunge Stance (right)/Triceps Pres
s (repeat on left side)
Lunge Stance Right/Triceps Press - Move A Lunge Stance Right/Triceps Press - Move B



7. Leg Lift (left)/Power Sweep-Double Arm (repeat on right side)

Leg Lift Left/Power Sweep Double Arm - Move A Leg Lift Left/Power Sweep Double Arm - Move B



8. Hip Curl/Side to Side

Hip Curl/Side to Side - Move A Hip Curl/Side to Side - Move B


9. Tuck & Twist

Tuck and Twist - Move ATuck and Twist - Move BTuck and Twist - Move C



10. Jack Knife/ Shoot Through and Rotate

Jack Knife/Shoot Through and Rotate - Move AJack Knife/Shoot Through and Rotate - Move BJack Knife/Shoot Through and Rotate - Move C

Photos courtesy ©HYDRO-FIT, INC.; Illustrations by Kate Pryka


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Outdoor Kitchen Designs & Options

Building an Outdoor Kitchen: Appliances, Materials, and More







By Patti Plummer


Viking Range LLC outdoor kitchen grill courtyard string lightsMany homeowners believe in utilizing every inch of their backyard space to create the perfect backyard retreat. They include swimming pools and spas, hot tubs, outdoor living rooms, and more often than ever, outdoor kitchens.

From simple grilling stations to fully-equipped setups that include everything from grills, rotisseries, and pizza ovens to refrigerators, beverage chillers, and ice machines, today’s outdoor kitchens can have it all.

Ready to build your own outdoor café? Before contacting a landscape architect or outdoor kitchen expert, make your wish list. Here are a few ideas to get you started.




Photo courtesy of Viking Outdoor Products


Material Options

Outdoor kitchen appliances, cabinets, and countertops continue to grow in sophistication and specialization. The majority of homeowners opt for a simple outdoor kitchen consisting of a grill and a sideburner, but others want all of the bells and whistles including a sink, dishwasher, smokers and flattop grills, granite countertops, all-tile backsplashes, and travertine flooring.

Most outdoor kitchen appliances are stainless steel while countertops and backsplashes are made of natural stone, tile, or concrete. A few of the more popular cabinet materials are heavy-gauge stainless steel, solid marine-grade polymer, teak, cedar, and powder-coated metal made to appear like real wood. By working with a professional outdoor kitchen designer, however, you can transform your wish list into a reality that is in sync with your property.


EP Henry outdoor kitchen grill food fridgeStainless Steal Appliances

The most requested types of appliances are those made of stainless steel because they are durable enough to handle changes in the weather and can hold up to high usage. If your home’s style is more on the rustic side, consider featuring a natural stone or composite façade to add a cozy charm to your setup.


Photo courtesy of EP Henry; Photo by Jay Greene Photography



Carefree Pools thatched roof umbrella outdoor kitchen grillThatched Roof

Many outdoor kitchens are open to the elements, so the addition of a shade product is not only an aesthetic choice but also a practical one. Enjoying a refreshing beverage after hours of fun in the pool can be enhanced by relaxing under the cool shade provided by an umbrella—besides, the chef will welcome a reprieve from the hot sun too! For a tropical theme, consider a thatched roof.


Photo courtesy of Carefree Pools and Spas, San Luis Obispo, Calif



Baker Pools outdoor kitchen breakfast bar grillDining Bar

Besides working as a dining area, outdoor bars can also double as more counter space and be a stylish divider between the kitchen and other parts of the patio. Consider outdoor bar stools for seating. The most common materials include hardwoods like teak, jarrah, and shorea, as well as plastics/acrylics and wrought iron. If the seats are cushioned or covered with fabric, select a cloth that is made for outdoors, like Sunbrella®.

Baker Pools outdoor kitchen bar grill pool
Above and right:
This stunning outdoor kitchen features a barbecue grill, side burners, sink, and refrigerator. The cozy bar is perfect for causal dining and sipping a drink after a dip in the pool. Hanging planters and beautiful landscaping complete this outdoor retreat.


Photo courtesy of Baker Pools, LLC, Jenks, Okla.



Cipriano outdoor kitchen grill ventilation system Ventilation Systems

Nothing beats the wonderful aromas of steaks on the barbecue, but when the wind blows from the wrong direction bringing with it clouds of smoke, your well-planned ambiance can be destroyed in an instant.

By including a ventilation system to keep the surrounding outdoor space fume-free during heavy-duty grilling sessions—especially in outdoor kitchens covered by a roof—you can almost guarantee everyone will enjoy their dining experience a little more.


Photo courtesy of Cipriano Custom Swimming Pools & Landscaping, Mahwah, N.J.




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4 Cool Pool Accessories and Floats

Fun Pool Floats and Accessories for Summer Outdoor Entertaining







Drink Dazzlers™ Light Up Coasters


Drink Dazzlers™ Light-up CoastersDrinkware that doubles as décor? Believe it! Place your cup on top of one of these light-up coasters and watch it glow. Party guests will have no problem finding their drink at night. The Drink Dazzlers™ Light Up Coasters bring a fun element to your patio table during summer pool parties and barbecues.

The light-up coasters also work with clear flower vases and bowls; use them to create a light-up centerpiece for a backyard graduation party or other summertime celebration. (Sold as set of four coasters; glasses not included.)

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Mega Chill Pool Cooler Float

Mega Chill Pool Cooler FloatWith all the fun and activity going on in the pool you’re sure to need some refreshments. Quench your thirst while you keep the pool fun going with the Mega Chill Pool Cooler Float.

This large floating cooler features six cup holders around the perimeter of the cooler and two side handles for easy carrying. The large cooler in the center can hold up to 24 soda cans with ice. You’ll be sure to use this convenient float all summer long, whether entertaining family and friends or just lounging in the pool.



LED Light-up Pool Stool

LED Light-up Pool Bar StoolsGive your party guests a cool place to sit. These remote-controlled LED light-up pool stools provide a comfortable seat and illuminate your pool for the perfect party ambiance. The resin barstools are easy to move around the pool and can be used in any aboveground or inground swimming pool with a depth of 3 or 4 feet. (The stool’s seat height is adjustable from 24 to 33 inches.)

Set the mode on the stool’s internal LED light unit to auto for a multicolor display or use the remote control to pause the light on a certain color. The LED’s rechargeable battery lasts 12 hours per charge.

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Watermelon Slice Pool Island Float

Watermelon Slice Pool Island FloatWith its bright red center, black seeds, and yellow and green rind, this watermelon slice pool float is ripe for the...lounging! Everyone will want to feast on this large fruit-inspired pool float, which measures 60 inches in diameter.

Any way you slice it, this heavy-duty vinyl float is sure to entertain kids and adults alike. Add a few eye-catching slices to your pool to get the party juices flowing.




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Photos courtesy of Toysplash.com


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5 Fun Pool Games

Fun Swimming Pool Games for Kids and Adults Alike








By Kimberlee Courtney

Turn your swimming pool into the ultimate summer entertainment center with these fun pool games. Great for pool parties or any summer day, these floating pool games are sure to entertain kids of all ages.

Inflatable Volleyball Game

Inflatable Volleyball Pool GameKeep cool while you bump, set, and spike your way to victory! This inflatable pool volleyball game is great for inground and aboveground pools and requires no installation or assembly; just inflate and play. The floating net makes for a fun challenge (and great workout!). If desired, anchor weights (not included) can be attached to the grommeted pole bases on the floating net.

The inflatable pool volleyball game measures 95 inches by 24 inches and includes game ball, net, and posts. May the best team win!


Ball Dartz

Ball Dartz Inflatable Pool GameThis pool-friendly version of darts features an inflatable Velcro-covered dartboard and six plastic ball darts with Velcro strips. Perfect your aim by launching the ball darts at the floating target or play a fun game with family or friends.

The Ball Dartz Pool Game can be used in aboveground and inground pools and measures 55 inches long, 23 inches wide and 39 inches high.


Tic Tac Toe

Tic Tac Toe Floating Pool GameThe classic pencil-and-paper game of Tic Tac Toe gets a wet and wild makeover. The inflatable Tic Tac Toe Ball Toss Pool Game features a floating game board and five “X” and five “O” squishy balls. The balls are bottom weighted so they always rotate face up to display the X or O. You’ll have tons of fun playing this favorite childhood game in your pool. Plus, the game becomes more challenging as you not only have to try to get three of your balls in a row, but have to toss the balls onto the floating game board while standing at the opposite end of the pool.


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Splashimals Floating Pool Cards Game

Splashimals Floating Pool CardsSchool may be out for summer, but you can keep the learning going with this fun Splashimals floating card game. Each foam card features half the picture and name of an animal and helps your child practice spelling and animal recognition as they match the animal heads and tails in the deck. For a creative and fun challenge, have them mix animals up to create new animals or words, like Tur-key (half Turtle, half Monkey) or Ca-sh (half Camel, half Fish). There are more than 225 possible animal card combinations.

You can also play a fun game of memory by placing the cards face down in the water. Flip the first card over and then try to find the matching card, flipping only one card over at a time and placing it back in the water face down if it’s not a match. You’ll have to remember where the matching cards are and also keep track of them as they float around in the pool. The foam cards dry easily and come with a mesh bag for storage.




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Alien Eye Ball Toss Game

Alien Eye Ball Toss Pool GameWhether they’re in or out of the pool, everyone can take part in this fun inflatable alien eyeball toss game. What’s more, you can play this game any way you want. For instance, each player can take a turn tossing the five squishy eye balls onto the floating alien head from a designated distance (maybe 3 to 5 feet). Keep score by tallying the points for each player; the player with the highest score wins.

You can also play multiple rounds by eliminating the player with the lowest score after each round until two players remain. Have the last two players toss only one ball; the player whose ball lands in the higher score zone wins.

If playing with two to five people, give each player one eye ball and establish a winning point total, such as 1,000 points. The first player takes his turn tossing his eye ball onto the alien head and records his/her points. The player then retrieves his/her ball before the next player takes his/her turn. Players continue taking turns until the first person reaches the winning point total.

This versatile pool game can also be played on the lawn or beach. The floating alien face is made of 12 gauge vinyl and measures 38 inches. Five squishy eye balls are included with the game.

Photos courtesy of Toysplash.com


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