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      08.12.2009 13:36
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      Brill way to get fit and tone up - fast!

      A few years ago, well about 10! My Mam and her friend decided to go to Aqua-cise (as is the term for Water Aerobics at my local leisure centre) and they pursuaded me to join them. I really wanted to go and I had a free period at college the time of the class so I tagged along more out of curiousity than anything else.

      We got changed and went through to the private pool where they hold classes and the first thing I noticed was that everyone was quite a lot older than my Mam - and definitely a lot older than me. Anyway everyone was really nice, sharing tips on wearing rubberised verruca socks to have a good grip on the pool when doing the workout. Then the instructor came in, she was also quite old, but in great shape. We all got in to the water then she gave a quick explanation of what we would be doing - probably for the benefit of any new members of the class.

      The workout started with a warm up, which largely involved underwater movements, like lunges, star jumps, without braking the waves, jogging on the spot (clear to see why you need some grip on the pool floor!), etc. Then after the warm up we moved in to a routine with our arms in the air, turns and basically many moves you would expect to see at a regular Aerobics class, only under water! She kept shouting out over the music how to intensify the workout for the 'newcomers' and I thought wow, we're being punished because it's our first time! But the three of us managed, with quite some effort, to keep up. We then culminated all the routines in to a big synchronised workout with the long spaghetti floatation aids (look a bit like fluorescent worms flying around the pool). Finally, we had a cool down and left the pool. The main thing which amazed me was how I wasn't out of breath at all, it feels like little effort has gone in to it, because the water assists you!

      We were chatting to the instructor afterwards asking her if there were any evening classes, and she revealed that we really should be going to one of the other classes as the one we had been to was over 65s only! No wonder everyone looked puzzled by our presence! So we signed up to go to the evening classes instead!

      The next morning I could hardly dress myself my body ached so much - what a great workout, I dreaded to think what the class for people of my own age group would be like but I went along and it was superb, I really enjoyed it, great fun and a really great instructor who varied the workout depending on ability, so some bits were easier than the over 65 class we went to! I began to see improvements within a couple of weeks, I could take the stairs easier and walk for longer without getting out of breath. After a couple of months I had lost a few pounds - maybe about half a stone, but I was still eating whatever, whenever, so this was great. And after around about 6 months I had toned up greatly, particularly my bingo wings! Depending on how instense you work out / how much effort you put in at your class, depends on how quickly you will see results.

      I haven't been to Aqua-cise for some time now, it costs around £5 per class, or less with a leisure saver - I'm sure there are cheaper classes out there. Writing this has made me want to go back - it's a great way to have fun, exercise, make friends and its decently priced. It's brilliant for all ages and abilities - and you can usually chat while you work out, so very good for your social life! The only trouble is locally the classes all seem to be while I'm at work - but I suppose I can travel further afield! Brilliant to consider when starting your New Years resolutions!

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        21.10.2002 15:51
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        St Annes is not exactly known for its wonderfully wide range of sporting options, but it does have a pool, and that pool offers Aqua Aerobics sessions and, once in a blue moon when we were at school, we’d go along and join in. This summer I was working in a hotel with a quite active Animation team who also offered classes in this, so on my (very few) days off, I’d do this slip, slop, slap thing (one of our mottos for the kids - slip on a t-shirt, slap on a hat and slop on some sun cream) and head to the pool for an hour or so’s fun in the sun. Now I’m over here, living about 20m for a pool that offers AA classes, and occasionally if I get out of work early, I’ll go along and take part. So that’s several years of AA, spread over 3 countries with both in and outdoor pools. Why do I do it? Keep reading. *-*-* What is Aqua Aerobics? *-*-* AA is similar to land based aerobics (“any sport that relies on oxygen for energy” - in other words the classes that have you bounding around and grapevineing like a loony) but takes place in water. It is an excellent sport for enhancing cardiovascular fitness and improving flexibility. Depending on the depth of the water, it can be low or even non-impact, so less harmful to joints such as knees. *-*-* What happens in a typical class? *-*-* An average class lasts 50 minutes and, as with normal aerobics, will include warm-up, cool down and stretching sessions as well as the aerobic part. The instructor is usually on dry land but may occasionally enter the water for all or part of a class. AA can be done with or without music. *-*-* How much does it cost? *-*-* This varies depending on the pool and the length of the class. If you have a gym membership you often get it included in the price, but if not, expect to pay between 2 and 5 pounds per class, including swimming afterwards if the pool’s staying open for a while.
        *-*-* How many calories can I burn? *-*-* The all-important question! You burn more calories with aqua aerobics than with the land based variety because of the added resistance of the water, so depending on your weight and body type (and level of exertions) you can burn 400 – 700 calories per hour. Not bad. Not bad at all. *-*-* Who is Aqua Aerobics suitable for? *-*-* Anyone and everyone. Although traditionally viewed as a sport for old, fat, unfit women, AA can benefit people of all levels of fitness, from complete couch potato to Olympic athlete. If you stay in the shallow end, you don’t even need to be able to swim. Because the water can support up to 90% of your weight (depending on how deep you go), AA is especially suitable for those with back problems, joint problems and pregnant and obese individuals. Water also helps aid flexibility, so if you’ve had a stroke or suffer from arthritis, AA can work for you. *-*-* What should I wear? *-*-* This depends on the class. Typical attire is a good solid swimming costume (flimsy low cut bikinis aren’t all that good when you’re jumping up and down – you have been warned) although some pools let you wear cycling shorts and vest top style gear – typical gym get up. The pros often wear special aqua shoes (available from sports shops) for better grip on the pool floor. If you have sensitive eyes, goggles are a good idea in the deep end, and swimming caps can protect hair – especially good if you bleach a lot. *-*-* What about equipment? *-*-* Any decent class will provide all the equipment you need. Some classes don’t use any, some the full works. Common pieces include: · Aqua blocks – a special type of dumbbell designed for use in water, these increase resistance, toning you up faster · Gyro joggers – these come in pairs, and are foam circles to be w
        orn on ankles or wrists, again to increase resistance as you exercise. · Kickboards – the Styrofoam style boards used by children (and adults) learning to swim, these are also used in AA to concentrate on one body part, e.g. holding them in your hands so you focus on kicking your legs · Aqua Steps – similar to those used in normal step aerobics, these have a special non-skid base to keep them securely on the floor. · Water woggles – not the plaited kind a la neckers in Guides, these are long bendy tubes of foam that have a number of uses – you can wave them in the air, sit on them, swim with them and so on. *-*-* Did you know? *-*-* Racehorses are trained in water to make them stronger. Dancers are also often made to exercise in water, to improve stamina, grace and, again, strength. Just two examples that the idea behind AA is a good one. *-*-* My Verdict *-*-* AA is a great sport if you’re conscious about your body because for the most part you’re hidden by the water. It’s also a lot more comfortable than sweating it out in a gym because the water keeps you cool. It’s a fun class to take part in, and I’d certainly recommend that you try it once if you have the opportunity. *-*-* Final Warning *-*-* · Never exercise or swim in water alone · Check with your doctor before starting any new exercise regime · Remember to wear waterproof sun cream if you’re exercising outdoors – it takes much longer to feel yourself burning because of the water · If you can’t swim, stay in the shallow end :p *-*-* For more info *-*-* http://va.essortment.com/wateraerobicse_rewg.htm http://www.hydrotone.com/glossary.html http://members.tripod.com/~RuthSG/ http://www.ftcollinsclub.com/schedule/water.cfm http://www.fitnesszone.co.za/aerobics1.htm

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          18.08.2001 22:41
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          Me and my sister in law recently started aqua aerobics because we were going on holiday to Menorca and felt this the only exercise we would be able to cope with at this present time. My sister in law has also been advised to loose weight and because shes a bit worried about what she looks like when exercising, she thought being in the water would help. It has helped because we feel great afterwards, its like we have actually got energy at last. There is creche facilities for our children so we also get a break from them for an hour. We didnt take it seriously at first and kept giggling like a pair of teenagers but once we started going regularly we changed our veiws about it and decided it does really help us keep fit. My sister in law is doing really well shes on a set diet and still going aqua aerobics. She feels so much more confident in herself. It is ok I am writing this with my sister in laws knowledge and she said hello. Well what can I say if you havent tried aqua aerobics for yourself then I suggest you should as it is really good and its for all ages and genders. So men can go aswell, my partner sometimes comes as he enjoys it too. keep jumping.love cutekat.

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            19.03.2001 18:59
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            I started Aqua aerobics when I was pregnant, I joined an aqua natal class which is taught by a trained midwife. It is an easy way to keep fit and especialy helpful for pregnant ladies. Aqua aerobics is an excellent method of exercise which improves the fitness of your heart and lungs, tones the body and reduces fat. It is easier than normal aerobics as the water supports some of you body weight, which makes it easier on your joints. They train racehorses in water, so if it works on them, it definately works on us. I started during my pregnancy because I had never really exercised before so didn't want to put too much strain on my body. The water supports your bump brilliantly, it takes the ever present strain off you back. I would definately recommend this sort of exercise to anyone who is a beginner to fitness classes. It lets your body get used to exercise so you can get into other types. The good thing about it is that it is non-impact aerobics, which means you don't feel like it is too strenuous at the time, although you do feel the benefits the next day. Most swimming pools/leisure centres offer water aerobics classes, they usually cost between £2 and £3 for an hours class. You do not need any special equipment, you just wear your swimming costume, so there are no extra costs. They usually take place in the shallow end of the pool.

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              14.10.2000 00:18
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              I suggest Water Aerobics to everyone, even to those people who are not really too keen on taking classes of any kind but want to keep fit or loose weight. Water Aerobics is really great and the best thing is that you don't even sweat as you probably would in a normal gym doing all those exercises. The water then, even if we don't realize, makes doing all the exercises harder and keeping fit has never been so easy! It's even better then if you can manage to geta couple of other friends with you when you start, that'll make it even more enjoyable and funny.

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              05.10.2000 02:16
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              Aquaerobics is for everyone. It is fun and very enjoyable. I found it an excellent way to get started exercising again after a long break from the gym. You all get in the water and find an area of space where you can stand up and still breath!!*L*.... which for short people such as myself can be difficult at times if the session is very well attended!! There will be an instructor who hopefully will wear a microphone so that you can hear the directions they give you clearly and loudly..... you would be suprised how difficult it is to make out what is being said when you have several people splashing about in a swimming pool *g* Many of the exercises you do in the water are similar to, or based on those that you would do in a regular aerobics class... but whereas in a regular class I always feel that I am not keeping up or that I look silly .....in the water I feel fine and not at all silly. The water supports your body and also offers resistance to the movements you make thus enhancing the exercise that you are doing!! Whenever I did water aerobics I did not feel like I had suddenly asked my body to do something it really regretted .... and the next day I did not have aches and pains all over from muscles that had been overworked. That is not to say that it is any easier than any other form of exercise ...... just that it feels easier and you do not get all hot and sweaty because you are in the water *s*. A real bonus for me!! Once you are comfortable doing the exercises to the instructors directions you can again up the ante by using water aids that increase the water resistance so increasing the work you have to do. I would recommend this form of exercise to anyone. In fact give it a try and let me know what you think!!

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                08.08.2000 05:35
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                After years of hating excersise I decided to go along to my local sports center to see what was on offer to entice me into the excersising club...to my suprise I found you could do aerobics (a class I particularly hate !)in the water! That was 12 years ago now and I still love it, it is a marvellous way of feeling you have done some excersise but without all the huffing and puffing in a sweaty hot gym! Aquafit is brilliant for all ages young and old and all levels of fitness, I was not particularly fit but I still managed to get through a whole hour of this without passing out!!! The other good thing about this is you can do it while you are pregnant, I did it throughout my pregnancy although you do have to be carefull of overheating as where the baby is is like a microwave so you are advised not to get too hot and be carful on the jumps, mainly in case you are kicked.Cost varies from pool to pool but it is very popular so get there early.Most of all it is fun!

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                27.07.2000 03:50
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                I took my first Aquafit class a couple of nights ago at a local leisure centre and thoroughly enjoyed myself, as well as getting some much needed exercise!! Aquafit is like gentle aerobics, but in the water - so it is totally non-impact, and is especially good for people with weak bones or muscles, and who cannot do ordinary strenuous aerobic activity. My session involved movement individually in the water to music, and then joining up as teams (almost like synchronised swimming but somewhat less graceful!) spinning around in the water and in particular, exercising the leg and upper arm muscles - as you are fighting against the movement of the water as you move, feeling the resistance. Everybody in the session thoroughly enjoyed the workout, and I would recommend it to anyone who is perhaps starting out on a routine of exercise after a long break, or for the first time, as it is a gentle introduction to aerobic exercise. Sessions can usually be found at local leisure centres for a reasonable cost.

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