FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

How is Hydro-Tone different from other water exercise equipment?

Hydro-Tone is the only equipment designed to fully use water's three-dimensional resistance field. All other equipment is basically two dimensional and doesn't interact with the water along all planes of resistance. Hydro-Tone is the only type of exercise known that gives you full range of motion and full resistance at every point along your strength curve, regardless of the direction or complexity of your movements.

If a person is currently involved in a land-based fitness program, would the addition of Hydro-Tone to his/her weekly workout regime be of benefit? Briefly explain your answer.

Hydro-Tone is excellent for cross-training. Because there is no impact, it is an excellent means of adding additional workouts to your current training program without adding the wear and tear on your muscles and joints. Hydro-Tone actually strengthens your joints and develops muscle balance so that you are less vulnerable to injury.

Does a Hydro-Tone workout exercise as many areas of the body as a weight room?

Generally, a Hydro-Tone workout exercises as many areas of the body. With every Hydro-Tone exercise, you work opposing muscle groups. In a weight room you must do separate exercises for each muscle group. In other words, the 27 exercises shown on our website provide the Hydro-Tone user a wide variety of angles and unlimited range of motion to bring out more shape in their body.

Do you have to know how to swim to use Hydro-Tone? If you are not comfortable in deep water, what can you do to feel more secure?

Knowing how to swim is not necessary before doing Hydro-Tone workouts. Following the basic principles of water safety is ALWAYS a recommendation and you can add the Hydro-Tone Flotation belt to make you feel more comfortable in deep water. The Flotation belt is not a Coast Guard approved Personal Floation Device. No one should ever swim or exercise alone in deep water.

Why is it necessary to do a warm-up when you use Hydro-Tone equipment and how is this best accomplished?

Both a "warm-up" and a phased "cool-down" should be included in any workout routine. The warm-up prepares your body for the increased stresses associated with exercise, and the cool-down gives your body an opportunity to adjust back to your normal non-exercise state. A proper warm-up also helps prevent injuries, such as muscle and tendon sprains and tears. The best way to achieve a warm-up for a Hydro-Tone workout is to begin slowly and progressively move the body through wider ranges of motion and faster speeds or increased resistance until you FEEL warmer in the water and ready to exercise more intensely.

Is it safe to do the same workout using Hydro-Tone equipment at the same level of intensity every day?

You should alternate days of intense workouts on a specific set of muscles with days focusing on other muscles OR you can alternate with days of moderate or aerobic type workouts, such as deep water running.

Is it easy to tell how hard I'm exercising in the water if I'm a good judge of how hard I'm exercising in land-based programs?

It is NOT easy for beginners to judge how hard they are exercising when they first use Hydro-Tone equipment. The typical land-based indicators of exercise intensity include elevated heart rates, sweating and the effects of gravity. These symptoms are all diminished by the effects of the water and therefore give you misconceptions when you try to compare the land-based workout to water-based workout.

How hard you work out depends a great deal on your own fitness level. As a general recommendation, it's best to begin your exercise program at a modest level of intensity, gradually progressing to a greater intensity as weeks pass. As you progress to a greater intensity level, you should perform each movement so that you feel solid, firm resistance throughout the entire range of motion.