Avoid holiday weight gain with our exclusive pool workout from Julia Roberts’ personal trainer

If there’s no gym at your holiday destination you might be worried that the beach body you worked so hard for will disappear as fast as you can say all-you-can-eat buffet. Don’t fear! We asked Julia Roberts’ personal trainer Kathy Kaehler (kathykaehler.net) for a water-based workout you can do at the hotel pool, which combines swimming, cardio and resistance moves that burn calories and strengthen your muscles. The author of numerous health and fitness book, Kaehler has honed the hot bodies of other LA stars, including Jennifer Aniston, Cindy Crawford and Kim Kardashian, so she knows how to get the most out of a workout.

‘I’m a huge fan of water fitness,’ she says. ‘You stay cool, your body doesn’t hurt, it tones your muscles and the water makes you feel alive.’ Not only is it perfect for those days when it’s just too hot to run or cycle outside, it’s also fits into your summer holiday, Kaehler explains. ‘Usually people stay at hotels with pools, so it’s a perfect time to do this work out. Plus, why not do something that keeps you in great condition, so you don’t have any guilt when you return home?’

It’s easy to see why Kaehler is such an advocate of water workouts. The water offers incredible resistance – roughly 10 times more than air – so you’ll get more out of your workout in a shorter time. It minimises strain and injury – when you walk, your foot strikes the ground with a force two to five times your weight, but in waist-high water, impact is halved. Also, water’s buoyancy makes it easier to move your body, boosting flexibility, especially if you have stiff or painful joints. The cooling, stimulating effect of the water may encourage you to work out longer or harder than you normally do, too. You may not move very fast, but we guarantee you’ll feel your muscles burning.

Description: Tone Up In The Pool

Tone Up In The Pool

The Hollywood pool workout

Warm up

In the shallow end, walk the width of the pool 10 times, taking long strides and squeezing your glutes with each step. Repeat, but this time walking backwards. Finish off with some side stepping.

The circuit

1.    Lateral raise

Reps: 10

Targets: shoulders (lateral deltoid)

·         Press the water bottles or dumbbells into the water and hold them down by the side of your body.

·         Raise your arms sideways, until they are shoulder height. Pause for a second, then lower.

Description: Lateral raise

Lateral raise

2.    Running

Reps: 60 seconds cardio blast

·         Place the dumbbells on the side of the pool, then, in the shallow end, run as fast as you can for one minute from one side of the pool to the other.

·         Keep your body upright and use your arms to power you through the water.

Description: Running


3.    Bicep curls

Reps: 10

Targets: Biceps

·         Press the water bottles or dumbbells into the water so they are in front of your thighs, turn your hands around so your palms are facing forwards then curl the weights up towards your shoulders.

·         Press back down through the water until the weights are back in the starting position.

Description: Bicep curls

Bicep curls

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