4 Great Leg Exercises To Do In Your Hot Tub

leg exercises to do in your hot tub

on September 19, 2014 in Fitness, Health

If you’re looking for one of the best ways to strengthen your legs, look no further. Time and time again, doing physical activities in water has proven to be one of the healthiest and most effective ways to exercise. The buoyancy of the water allows for a no impact workout, so that you’re not putting any unnecessary stress on your leg joints.

Exercising in water is especially beneficial for people with arthritis, chronic pain, obesity and other medical conditions. Water also helps to strengthen and tone your leg muscles by providing resistance, and the heat from a hot tub gets your blood flowing more efficiently.

Today we’re going to be focusing on some great leg exercises to do in your hot tub. Before you begin doing any of these exercises, we recommend speaking with your doctor to make sure that they are safe for your body and condition. ThermoSpas is not responsible for any injuries that may occur while performing these exercises.

Underwater Leg Reaches

Sit on the edge of your hot tub seat and support yourself by placing your hands next to you on your seat. Next, point your legs straight out in front of you parallel to the hot tub floor and facing the opposite side of the hot tub. Then, spread both legs out. Keep your toes pointed and stomach tight. After you’ve spread your legs out as far as you comfortably can, flex your feet and bring them back together.

Try starting with 2 sets of 20. Challenge yourself to do more and more each time!

Outer Thigh Lift

For this one, you’ll need a hot tub with enough space for you to extend your leg to the side while holding on to one of the sides of the hot tubs. Our Swim Spas and Exercise Spas have enough space for almost any exercise.

First, stand with your right side close to the hot tub wall. Keep your feet together and hold on to the right edge of the hot tub or a grab bar. Then, slowly lift your left leg out to the side, as far as comfortably possible. Finally, bring your leg back slowly to the floor. The slower you go, the better workout you’ll get.

For your first few times, try doing sets of 20 on each side.

Leg Bends

Sit on the edge of the hot tub seat again, supporting yourself by placing your hands next to you on the seat. Then, bend your knees and bring your thighs up to your chest.  Next, with your back arched, extend your legs out in front of you, so that your toes are pointing to the opposite side of the hot tub. Then, slowly bend your knees and bring your legs back up to your chest. Make sure you’re not using your back to carry the weight of your legs. You should only be using your stomach muscles. You don’t want to hurt your back!

Start with doing 2 sets of 20, just like the Leg Reaches.


You can do this fun and effective exercise in a ThermoSpas Swim Spa. First, hold on to the metal grab bar behind you to support yourself while standing straight. Then, lift your legs up from the ground and to your chest. Begin rotating them in a circular pattern, as if you were pedaling on a bike. For the best workout, make sure to rotate your legs slowly and keep your stomach tight.

Try doing 2 sets of 20 rotations at first and try to do more each time!

The best place to do all of these exercises in warm water is in a ThermoSpas Swim Spa. Our Swim Spa a complete exercise center for swimming, walking, jogging in place, rowing and working on both upper and lower body strength, such as leg exercises. Physical therapists, physicians and customer focus groups helped to contribute to the design of this hot tub.

Measuring at 174 inches long and 88 inches wide, it has ample space for almost any exercise. The Swim Spa’s powerful jets allow for water resistance while swimming, and its grab bar offers a great tool for strength and other simple body exercises that don’t require as much cardio output.

The Swim Spa is also a soothing place to relax. It can fit up to 12 people, which makes it great for big families or entertaining friends. If you’re interested in buying our Swim Spa model, schedule a free hot tub site inspection today. Our experts will help you find the perfect spot for your hot tub, and you’ll be under no obligation to buy. We’ll also provide you with a free quote and brochure, along with any other information you may want.


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