Aquatic exercise offers a low-impact way to get a full-body workout like you’ve never experienced before, and one of the best places to do it is in a swim spa. But just because it’s called a “swim” spa doesn’t mean that the only exercise you can do in it is swimming. In fact, there are a lot of different ways to get a great workout in your swim spa. Here are just a few of them.


The primary way that people exercise in swim spas is, of course, by swimming. Swimming is among the best forms of exercise because it uses the entire body and doesn’t require any hard impact. If you have trouble working out on dry land because of stiff joints, then low-impact swimming may be the best option for you to get fit, lose weight, strengthen your heart and lungs, and much more. 

Keep in mind that there are some small differences between swimming in a swim spa versus in a regular-sized pool. You’ll have to get the hang of swimming in place, and you’ll also need to get a feel for the right current settings. There is a small learning curve, but once you’ve had a little practice with it, it’ll be like second nature to you.


It’s always good to change up your exercise routine to give your body time to recover and strengthen, which is why you should consider incorporating some running into your swim spa workouts. To use your swim spa like an aquatic treadmill, turn the current up to create some resistance and then jog in place, alternating between pushing the pace with a hard run and taking it easy with a light walk. 

woman is running in swim spa

You can even change it up further by switching to swimming intermittently. This allows for a more comprehensive workout and can spice things up a bit and keep it interesting for you.

Water Bike

If your preferred workout method on dry land is cycling or the stationary bike, then you don’t have to lose that just because you’ve moved on to swim spa workouts. You can simply get a water bike. Water bikes are lightweight stationary bikes that go right in your swim spa and allow for a challenging aquatic workout that engages your entire core and more. 

Some of the biggest benefits of using a water bike are increased resistance which helps access a wider range of muscle groups, less stress on the joints, and the ability to stay cooler longer thanks to being submerged in water.

Resistance Training

You can also do many different resistance training exercises in your swim spa if you’re looking to focus on your upper or lower body. You can incorporate water fitness equipment like aquatic dumbbells, resistance tubing, water exercise discs, and more. However, you don’t necessarily need any equipment if you just use the current in your swim spa to create resistance. 

Simply doing some bicep curls or squats in your swim spa, along with your more cardio-centric workouts, can provide you with some great results. And there’s so much more you can do, including calf raises, lunges, rows, ab crunches, and more.

The Benefits of Using the Swim Spa for Exercise

It can be a great place for recreation and relaxation, but the best feature of the swim spa is its ability to provide you with the following advantages in your workouts.

woman is exercising in swim spa

Natural Resistance

The natural resistance of water helps intensify any workout to provide you with faster, better results. Add to that the ability to increase the resistance using the swim spa’s current, and you’ve got a uniquely effective workout tool.

Reduced Impact

The added buoyancy of the water lowers the impact on your joints and reduces injury risk, making it great for those with arthritis or those recovering from injury.

Increased Flexibility

The buoyancy also allows for a greater range of motion in your workouts, meaning you can access parts of your body that are otherwise difficult to access.  

Interested in a Swim Spa?

If you’d like to add a swim spa and all of its amazing benefits to your home, contact Galaxy Home Recreation today to learn more.