What is Aquafit?
Aquafit is your ‘water-based’ fitness workout that takes place in West Wood Club swimming pools. Aquafit is a low-impact workout option for members of all ages and fitness levels.
Aquafit can offer great benefits for those with any joint or mobility issues.
Aquafit classes provide a full-body workout, combining elements of aerobics, resistance training, and other types of regular 'land based' exercise.
All Aquafit exercises are done in the water and make use of the resistance - provided by the water - to tone your muscles, sculpt your body, and improve your cardiovascular fitness.
What do you do in Aquafit?
In Aquafit, you do a selection of body-sculpting exercises including jumping jacks, running in place, and flutter kicks. Resistance exercises such as bicep curls, triceps extensions, and shoulder presses are performed with water ‘weights’ - or resistance equipment.
Aquafit uses exercises that target your balance, stability, and coordination, such as side leg lifts, single-leg stands, and balance walks.
One of the key benefits of Aquafit is that it is low-impact, meaning it places minimal stress on your joints and bones. This makes it an excellent option for people with joint or mobility issues, as well as those recovering from injury. The buoyancy provided by the water reduces your risk of injury and allows for a full range of motion.
Additionally, the resistance provided by the water makes Aquafit a highly effective body-toning workout. The water resistance trains the muscles, leading to increased strength and endurance. Aquafit is also great for burning calories, losing fat, and improving your cardiovascular health.
What are the benefits of Aquafit?
Low-impact: Aquafit is a low-impact form of exercise, meaning it puts minimal stress on joints and bones, making it an excellent option for people with joint or mobility issues, as well as those recovering from injury.
Increased resistance: The resistance provided by the water in Aquafit workouts makes it a highly effective way to challenge the muscles, leading to increased strength and endurance.
Improved cardiovascular health: Aquafit workouts increase heart rate and improve blood flow, leading to improved cardiovascular health.
Burning calories: Aquafit is a great way to burn calories, making it an effective way to lose weight.
Improved flexibility and balance: Aquafit workouts include exercises that target balance, stability, and coordination, leading to improved flexibility and balance.
Fun and enjoyable: Aquafit workouts can be a fun and enjoyable way to get fit, providing a change of pace from traditional land-based exercise routines.
Accessible: Aquafit can be performed by people of all ages and fitness levels, making it a highly accessible form of exercise.In summary, Aquafit is a versatile and effective form of exercise that provides a full-body workout in a low-impact environment, with a range of health benefits for individuals of all fitness levels.
Who are Aquafit classes most suitable for?
Aquafit is suitable for individuals of all ages and fitness levels, including:
People with joint or mobility issues: The low-impact nature of Aquafit makes it an excellent option for people with joint or mobility issues, as well as those recovering from injury.
Seniors: Aquafit provides a low-impact option for older adults to improve their fitness and overall health.
Athletes: Aquafit provides a challenging workout option for athletes, helping to increase strength, endurance, and flexibility.
Beginners: Aquafit is accessible to individuals just starting out on their fitness journey, providing a fun and enjoyable way to get fit.
Pregnant women: Aquafit is a safe and effective option for pregnant women, providing a low-impact workout with a range of health benefits.
A brief history of Aquafit
The concept of Aquafit can be traced back to the early 20th century, when physical therapy patients in thalassotherapy pools were prescribed exercises to help improve their mobility and fitness. Over time, the idea of conducting fitness classes in water evolved into the Aquafit programs seen around the world today.
In the 1970s and 1980s, Aqua Aerobics became popular in Europe, and in the United States, Aquafit programs started to emerge in the best fitness clubs. Today, Aquafit is a well-established form of exercise, with classes and programs available in many of the top fitness clubs around the world.
Aquafit has continued to evolve and innovate, with new equipment and techniques being developed to give you a wider range of exercises and resistance training options. The popularity of Aquafit has grown, with more people experiencing the benefits of low-impact exercise in water, and the wide range of health and fitness benefits that Aquafit provides.
How many calories can you burn in an Aquafit class?
The number of calories burned during an Aquafit workout depends on several factors, including:
Intensity of the workout: The higher the intensity of the workout, the more calories will be burned.
Body weight: The more someone weighs, the more calories they will burn during a workout.
Length of the workout: The longer the workout, the more calories will be burned.
On average, you will burn between 400-500 calories during a one-hour Aquafit workout.
It's also worth noting that the resistance provided by the water in Aquafit workouts can lead to a higher calorie burn compared to similar land-based exercises, making Aquafit an effective way to burn calories and lose bodyfat.
FREE Aquafit Classes for all members
Try a class today at any of our Dublin Swimming Pools. They are all FREE to West Wood Club members.