Make a Splash; Get Slim & Strong

April 8th, 2014
by Kathy Kres, YAH & Water Aerobics Director, Personal Trainer

One of the most effective yet underutilized forms of exercise here at SAC is Aqua fitness. Sure, we have diehard swimmers in the Masters classes & plenty of kids (& adults) in the learn to swim program but our best kept secret is the water classes.  Following are a few reasons why you might want to check out our group exercise classes in the pool!

Why Water Workouts?*

They do a body good. Aquatic exercise isn’t just a relief from the heat; it’s a respite from the stress on joints caused by many other kinds of workouts, such as running and kickboxing.  But don’t worry, you won’t sacrifice impressive results.  The viscosity and weight of the water provide an impact-free way to intensify your workout for big benefits, says aquatic exercise researcher Mary Sanders, M.S., an adjunct professor of exercise science at the University of Nevada, Reno.

They can blast serious calories. Running all-out in waist deep water ranks as one of the most intense forms of exercise; doing short sprints, a 145 pound woman can burn an estimated 17 calories per minute-as much as running a six-minute-mile pace on land! Endurance running in deep water with a buoyancy belt, feet off the bottom, can burn about 12 calories per minute, similar to a nine-minute-per mile pace on land.

They buff you up. You also can use the pool to strengthen and tone your muscles, especially your all important core (including the muscles of the entire torso), which is constantly being stimulated as you work against the water’s resistance. The balance and agility you gain will have you leaping above your opponents at the beach volleyball matches, acing your game on the tennis courts and more. “Think of he pool as a liquid weight room,” Sanders says.

*excerpted from Suzanne Schlosberg’s article Make a splash as you get slim and strong with our summer guide to aqua-fitness published in SHAPE magazine.