Aquatic Equipment – Why Use Gloves?
Using gloves are different than using hand buoys. Gloves create a surface area resistance in the water. They allow you to push the water in various planes of motions, strengthening all the muscles of your shoulder, upper body, and core. Hand buoys create buoyancy resistance, making it hard to push them down, and giving you assistance on the upward motion.
You may want to increase your resistance through your upper body with the use of gloves for the following reasons:
- Increase shoulder strength if you have experienced shoulder surgery, a rotator cuff injury, tendonitis, or just weakness from lack of use.
- Increase you cardiovascular fitness through interval training when you are exercising in deep water. Use gloves to increase your heart rate with water walking and running.
- Increase your core strength with stability exercises using gloves.