Aquagym!

I started to attend aquagym classes again this week. This time, it’s an 8-week semester, as the class ends on June 2nd (it’s kinda mindboggling – there is no classes held at the pool during the summer, after the school year ends, but the semester ends 3 weeks before the school year! the hell???).

Anyways, the Tuesday class is taught again by Suzie, who would be a good bootcamp trainer. Her class isn’t bad but she tends to forget that we don’t move in water as easily as we do outside of it. Nonetheless, it’s a complete workout in an hour – lots of cardio, muscle training and sit-ups. There’s only 4 of us registered to the class this time around.

On Thursday, the class is taught by Jade, who’s started last winter (didn’t follow her class though, so she’s new to me). She’s pretty thorough too but although her class is also quite the workout, she has more realistic expectations of what we can do in the water, offering just the right balance! Again, not many people are registered to this class.

Why so few people? Well, part of the issue is that the official neighborhood’s website doesn’t advertise the classes. There’s the fall brochure that’s printed out and distributed in the mail, but for the rest of the year, you can only rely on yourself by calling and finding out on your own if and when there are classes, and how much they cost ($85 for a twice-weekly 8-week semester; the rest of the year, it’s $125 for a twice-weekly, 12-week semester; in both cases, the class averages out at $5 per class).

I’ve survived the first week of classes, even though I can feel some soreness in my left thigh. However, resting over the next couple of days will be just perfect. I did have to buy a new bathing suit, though, as the pool water ate up the external part of my old bathing suit last fall; even though the inner layer was fine, I looked ridiculous in my flappy suit. So, I ran up to Addition-Elle and bought another Roots suit (this time it’s dark blue and grey, with some red). It normally rings up at $80, but there was a 10%-50% off scratch-and-save… and I got the 30% rebate! Thus, my suit cost $56 plus tax. I must also mention that it’s one size smaller than the other suit (the old one was a size 22, the new one a size 20). The new one fits well, although it’s a bit small at the boobs (but what a cleavage I get because of that, without any wardrobe malfunction).

I just love aquagym… I’m not one who’s particularly crazy about swimming (I swim ok, but my technique’s not great), but this is different with its game-in-water attitude. Combined with the walking I do from and to the pool (a nice 10-minute walk from my home), and geocaching with my man (lots of walking!), I’ll probably notice the health benefits from it all in no time. I don’t care about weight-loss; as far as I’m concerned, I adhere to the HAES philosophy. My body will adjust itself as it pleases, and that’s all.

Of course, we all have affinities for certain activities and sports. What is your activity/sport of choice?

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3 Comments

  1. Becky said,

    April 18, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    I love working out in the water! I’ve always loved the water (my mom took me to aquatots as a baby and I all the swimming levels growing up.) And in the water you don’t get overheated and sweaty like on land. I do Aquacize (water aerobics while standing in chest deep water) and Deep Water Workout (aerobics and muscle training in the diving tank with flotation belts around the waist). I love them, but I usually only get out once a week. On other days I do dance dvds in my living room, or go for a walk. What does aquagym involve?

  2. ladyjaye75 said,

    April 18, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    My aquagym class is set in the shallow end of the pool (since I’m short, it means I get water up to the armpits). It involves muscle training (with foam dumbbells, hockey sticks, floating pad, water-polo balls), aerobics (jogging, jumping, frog jumping, kicking, etc.) and sit-ups (with the use of a floating fry to stay on our backs in the water).

  3. RoseCampion said,

    April 19, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    I always liked deep water aerobics better than the shallow end class. I think its the sensation of there being no jarring or gravity working at all almost. Unfortunately, at my current gym, the pool doesn’t have a deep end- so no deep water aerobics for me.

    My current favorite exercise is Pilates. It’s just amazing. I take a one on one class and a duo class every week. For the first time in my working out, it feels like strength training is actually making a difference for me, especially ab work, which always felt before like I was struggling just to do a few crunches without straining my neck.


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