I am very excited that Speedo is getting into the realm of aquatic fitness, I am not excited about the high-intensity focus they have chosen. Why is it we are always getting messages that we have to work out till we puke( or drown!) that it is not a real workout unless we are so sore that we can barely walk the next day. It’s not that I am against high-intensity workouts, I am however sad that moderate intensity exercise systems do not receive the same amount of press, even though they can be just as effective and far less damaging to the body.
How Can Water be Used for a Great Workout?
The pool is a fabulous place to work out, you are using the resistance of the water, you are working three dimensionally, and water helps alleviate stress on muscles and joints. This is why the pool is used so much for rehabilitation purposes and is a great benefit for people with arthritis or other conditions which inhibit their ability to do land-based workouts. But that doesn’t mean the pool is just for the injured or the challenged. The pool is an incredible environment for the fit as well. Thus my appreciation for Speedo getting into aquatic workouts and my concern looking at pictures of people walking weighted at the bottom of the pool.
Poolates is Beneficial for Everyone
Poolates, like Pilates, focuses on the process of improving. We are not the kick some ass, work until you drop system. We build strength and increase balance and flexibility in a three-dimensional, biomechanically correct and safe manner, building on previous sessions and successes. I can have an 85-year-old balance challenged senior and a 500 hour yogi in the same class and they will both get a great workout and have fun doing it!
So as we come into the summer season, jump into the pool, regardless of the workout you enjoy. I am off to Orlando to teach Poolates at Florida Mania. For more information about Poolates visit our website www.poolates.com. Until next time!