Water Aerobics for Dummies

Last night I tried water aerobics for the first time. I have a goal of doing cardio three times a week and lifting four times a week during the month of August. I was in a cardio mood yesterday and wanted to swim laps, but water aerobics class was taking place during that time.

I got to the gym early and did a little bit of bicep work, then went into the pool to swim laps. I met up with A, who wasn’t super excited to swim but did it anyway because I begged. I started with the first day of my swim a mile warm-up program (10x25m) and then floated around for a few minutes while waiting for class to start.

Water Power: This is a high intensity total body conditioning class. This class includes cardiovascular moves that help strengthen the body by using the properties of the water. Buoyant and resistant equipment is utilized to increase strength, endurance and flexibility

Once the class got going, I was immediately into it. We did warm up “jogging” under water, which worked really well for my body. I have old injuries on both legs that make it hard to jog IRL, so that was a really nice experience. We did walking lunges, underwater jumping jacks, and a variety of other moves to get our hearts pumping.

I struggled with two parts: coordination and crunches. I am not a coordinated person, and moving my arm in the same direction of my opposite leg was very very tricky. We did that a lot, and I kept having to pause and reorient myself. We also did an interesting version of crunches which literally killed me. We floated on our backs, crossed our legs in front of us, and moved up and down (toward the legs) in a way that set my abs on fire. It was fabulous in a terrible way. I told the instructor I was dying and she told me to stop complaining. Touche instructor, touche.

All in all I completely loved the class and would absolutely go again. I didn’t get the normal “I’m not fit enough for this!!!” anxiety feelings that I get during other gym classes and the class vibes were fabulous. Also, we jumped around in a swimming pool while listening to ABBA for an hour, which is literally my happy place materialized.

10/10 aqua fitness, will attend again.

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