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Aqua aerobics classes provide a workout utilizing the natural resistance of the water in an effort to improve cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, endurance, and balance. Aqua Aerobics is an excellent way to meet your fitness goals with less impact on joints.
Aqua aerobics is a beneficial all-over workout with a lower risk of injury than its land-based equivalent. This form of water exercise is also suitable for people of all ages, including older people, and can quickly improve your overall fitness.
Aqua aerobics is good for:
- Burning calories and losing weight
- Working all the major muscle groups
- All-over toning
- Improving your balance and coordination
- Those with limited mobility
- Those with physical restrictions
- Relieving stress: the water massages you and the feeling of weightlessness can be very enjoyable.
If you're pregnant, aqua aerobics is good for both your physical and mental health. As an added bonus, the benefits of water include helping to support the weight of your growing bump, helping to take pressure off your back, and reducing lower-back pain.
A typical aqua aerobics class will include:
- A short warm-up to get your body used to the water and your muscles ready for exercise
- Cardiovascular exercises to get your heart pumping, such as jogging, leg kicks, body twists, arm stretches, and other dance-like movements
- Balancing exercises
- Coordination exercises
- Cool-down at the end to avoid injury.
We currently offer the following intensity level classes which are appropriate for all ages and fitness levels.:
Low Intensity: Low-impact class is performed in shallow water and is designed to improve joint stability, coordination, heart health, and strength. The class will incorporate cardio and strength, using water dumbbells and flotation belts. This class is perfect for beginners, those recovering from injuries, or anyone looking for low-impact options. Exercises are performed to lively, motivating music and are effective and easy to follow.
Mid Intensity: This class combines it all – basic moves, suspended moves, and pyramids for increasing cardio fitness, strength and core stability. The low-impact, yet powerful moves will integrate your coordination and balance while increasing your overall fitness level. This class uses a variety of techniques and pool equipment to increase aerobic capacity and muscular strength. Intervals, resistance equipment and suspended movements enhance your overall fitness level while keeping joints safe with low impact moves.
High Intensity: Are you looking for a challenging workout in the pool? This motivating and intense class will encourage you to increase your exercise potential while taking advantage of the resistive properties of water. This high intensity class will challenge your cardio and endurance levels while using a variety of circuits and intervals to keep you moving and motivated. Increase your aerobic and anaerobic endurance, muscular strength and core stability with vigorous interval training These workouts will focus on cardiovascular training, muscle toning, flexibility and coordination. We recommend that new exercisers ease into this class.