I was a bobber for a few years. The hardest exercise he had us do was we would all go in a circle as fast as we could, then he would have us change directions. the first 10 steps were the hardest. My favorite though was the relays across the pool. sometimes it would be the length of the pool and sometimes the width. The length was more for endurance because it was about the size of an olympic training pool. The width was more more speed.
We would consistently get laughed at as people passed the pool area, but by the end of class we were huffing and puffing. Usually an awesome workout,
Now i do high intensity training such as tabata, surge, burst or HIIT. Love it just as much.
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1/8/13 2:17 P
" And people who don't know, think we are wimpy exercisers. Not true at all"
At my FItness Center, there are a few lap swimmers who refer to the water aerobic people as "bobbers". I, too, am glad to have a pool available and have benefited tremendously as a result of water fitness.
Coach Jen, thanks for your answer to my question. I am in the 'bucket' with those water aerobic people! Not that they are all the same age or ability level. And people who don't know, think we are wimpy exercisers. Not true at all! There are people with muscles in that pool. Pushing that water is as hard as you want to make it. I am so glad I have a pool available. It is a heath club so there are plenty of other kinds of exercise available. when my (almost) frozen shoulder gets healed, I will add weight machines. I do like them, too. The club keeps our cards and I have lost no strength in 3 years after switching from weight machines to water aerobics. I did the weight machines and tried the levels I used to do.
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1/8/13 8:17 A
I don't know about a specific article, but my opinion regarding exercise is finding something you like to do and then doing it. With your fibromyalgia, and the fact that you enjoy water aerobics and swimming, the pool sounds like your exercise niche. I don't have fibromyalgia, but I enjoy the water and the folks in my exercise group. It has been my exercise niche for over a year and I look forward to it. You might want to add some strength training to your routine, since the pool isn't the best for weight bearing exercise. There is one man in my water exercise class who lost 80 pounds last year by going to the water class 5 days a week. IF you are able to, perhaps you can tread water or paddle around for an extra 15-30 minutes before and/or after class some days of the week. That might help burn extra calories.
1/8/13 8:16 A
I don't know that we've got any articles/content that talk specifically about different styles or put people into different buckets based on what appeals to them. But we do have a lot of articles about motivation- finding what motivates you to reach your goals, and I think that's key in the weight loss journey. Here's part 1 of a series that you might find interesting:
Is there a questionnaire or an article on sparkpeople about finding one's style? It took me years to figure out my own. And I dissed myself for not being able to be like the 'Biggest Losers' style. I thought I should be able to exercise often and really limit my food. Now I know what's best for me. But it took forever to axxept that.
Bustin' my butt like the Biggest Losers is not my way. Slow and steady wins the race in my eyes.
Maybe if I was in general healthy with a few pounds to get off. In the past I lost huge amounts of weight in a year--twice. But I could not maintain that. Once 89 lbs. and once 60lbs.
I just don't have the energy to push like that . I need to work on specific behaviors so I learn to maintain easily. I love water aerobics but the sweatin' stuff on land is too uncomfortable for me.
Others might have that energy for sweating and exercising like crazy. More power to you! I have done lots of kinds of exercise through my life, like hiking, swimming laps, weight machines, walking distances often, cross country skiing, skiing occasionally, bike riding, stationary bike and treadmill. Maybe if I lose some weight I can get back to some of that in moderation. I hope so.
As a kid we played all sorts of active games outside, jumping rope, baseball, kick the can, biking far and often, walking everywhere, swimming in the creek, kick ball, even touch football. We were outside all the time. No computer games and really not that much TV. I wasn't thin, but I was fit .
So, do you know of a spark article addressing this? Thanks, Chris
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