Aqua class benefits
Aqua Myths Busted!
Let us do some myth busting about Aqua classes.......
MYTH 1 - You can’t get a hard workout in the water
MYTH 2 - Aqua classes are mainly for older adults and those with injuries
Both are false statements.
Traditionally, Aqua classes have been perceived as the arena for older adults and those experiencing injury. This is due to the low impact nature of water.
However, aqua classes are suitable for everyone, classes are very effective for improving cardiovascular fitness, burning fat or toning up, plus they help promote an active recovery from injury. For these reasons (and others) a number of AFL teams include aqua as part of their training. It’s time more people tried it.
Melissa Morony, Aqualink Aqua Instructor once perceived aqua as a ‘soft’ workout. Like a lot of people, before she tried an aqua class, Melissa believed you couldn’t really get a hard workout in the water. That assumption was completely obliterated when Melissa undertook her Aqua training qualification.
“Imagine doing this for an hour! I have never sweated so much in water!” said Melissa.
A normal class will involve a general warm up with gentle jogging and movement through a range of exercises to get all the joints ready for what is to come. Classes incorporate interval work, cardio exercises as well as slower controlled movements where participants can work on their core stability.
Participants perform exercises such as star jumps, tuck jumps, scissor leg actions all of which might seem impossible on the land but are achievable in the water. We can adjust classes to suit all exercise abilities by having more or less recovery time during each song.
An aqua class lasts for 45-55 minutes and will usually contain a mixture of cardio, weights, running and stretch moves depending on the class demographic. It simultaneously trains the lower and upper body against resistance of the water without the pounding and impact on the joints.
Tips for a great Aqua workout
- Make your moves big – Water is 830 times heavier than air so making your moves big and strong will mean the intensity is higher
- Stand in water that is between your chest and your chin in depth – this will protect your knees and your back, and also ensures you won’t lose your footing when the weights come out
- Switching on your core will help to stabilise you and may protect you from any lower back injuries in and out of the water
- Have fun! There’s nothing wrong with having a laugh while you improve your health and fitness!
Aqua classes can have amazing benefits for your health and should be used by everyone.
Thanks to our Aqua Instructors for their contributions to this article - Melissa Morony, Lynda Britten, Pam Carey, Christina Katzourakis, Wendy Brammer and Judy McCoy.