When you swim, all the major muscle groups in your body are used, making for a muscular and lean physique. The resistance of water builds your endurance and increases metabolism. Kickboards may be used as a way to enhance your swim workout.
Benefits to the Legs
Kickboards allow you to give your arms a rest and exclusively work your legs while you swim.
Using a kickboard for drills in the water can improve you leg strength. You should not overdo it, as kickboards place the upper body and arms in an unnatural position for swimming. Kick your legs to propel yourself around the pool while your upper body floats on the water.
Types of Kickboards
There are many types of kickboards. Most are made of foam and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. A good choice is one in the shape of a triangle shape with an elastic strap that you can place your hands into, stretching your arms over your head. This creates a more natural swim position than a traditional kickboard. This kickboard may also be used for side stroking by placing one hand in the strap with your arms outstretched and holding your other arm to your side.
Kickboards as a Rest Tool
Kickboards allow you to continue swimming while giving your upper body a rest. They provide a good workout for your legs but give you a break while allowing you to continue your swim.
Rowdy Gaines, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, recommends using a kickboard for training. Powerful legs are important to being able to swim.
Article Written By Michelle Nesbit
Michelle Nesbit started her writing career in 1999, when she wrote "The Title Searcher's Handbook." Nesbit has written for The Chattanoogan, Healthmad and several clients who secure her services as a ghostwriter. Nesbit's background includes licenses in Insurance, certification as a Rescue and Technical Scuba Diver, Underwater Photographer, and a clinical hypnotherapist. Nesbit is currently completing studies as a clinical nutritionist.