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Water Instructor Workshop

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Whew! The whole day has been spent in an instructor workshop learning new stuff for Continuing Education Credits to maintain my certification. The major part--4 hours all together-- was practical application in the pool, which was exhausting, but fine with me since the only way I can learn movement is to move myself. Actually, one remark from an instructor really registered with me. There are no new moves. There are only so many ways the human body can move, and they have all been discovered by now. What IS new is how different moves are put together, and there are almost infinite combinations. The other big aha! that I took away was that it's OK to face away from the class especially when showing footwork, as it's easier to learn from behind. For the rest of it--I'm glad they handed out notes!

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WETPTARMIGAN 4/14/2009 12:49PM

    Thanks for your comment, CTUPTON! The unique dilemma that H2O instructors have is that when you face away from the class you can't see how they're doing. Dry land teachers usually teach in a studio with big mirrors and they can see what's going on behind them. Add to that the risk that exists when everybody is immersed in water (and not every facility has lifeguards during class) and I don't want to take my eyes off the class for long. The other solution is to face the class and let them be the mirror--move in mirror image to what you demonstrate. The catch there is the instructor has to reverse sides--say "left" when moving right, and I confess I still get muddled up if I do it for too long. Fortunately, I have classes that love to have a good laugh on the instructor!

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CTUPTON 4/14/2009 7:34AM

    I really DO like it when my instructor faces away , especially when teaching us new moves.
I have gotten hooked on water aerobics and just hate to miss it. I love your web page . I am a science teacher, so maybe I enjoy the ptarmigan's more than most! Chris(co-leader Nutrisystem)

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The Day After the Zumba Before

Sunday, February 15, 2009

I am surprised at the effects of the first big Zumba class yesterday. I had thought that muscle soreness would be my biggest problem--my quads were screaming during class and the usual effect of a new activity on my body is sore muscles that I forgot I had. The muscles are OK, though feeling well used, the sign of a good and balanced workout. Hip and knee joints not so happy, excess weight and gravity taking their toll. I think I will do things a little bit differently next time. No need to plunge in and run myself into the ground like a 20-year-old. I'll do 45 minutes of class and then retire for a long and thorough stretch. As time goes by (and weight stress gets less?) I will increase class length. And today I will do a deep water class to do my movin' and groovin' without gravity!


First Zumba Class

Saturday, February 14, 2009

I went to my first Zumba class today. Whew! What a workout! It's been a long time since I did anything with fast fancy footwork and on land to boot! By the second half of the class I was at the back adapting the dance for lower impact and less arm waving. I can definitely see the advantages of Zumba Gold that's pitched more toward the older and de-conditioned body and adapting Zumba for the water. Nonetheless, I intend to persevere. I figure familiarity with the moves will be a big help when I get to try the other Zumba forms in May.

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AKHAPPIE 2/16/2009 1:27PM


I have heard that Zumba is not really hard, but complicated. More like you have to learn all the moves in order to feel comfortable. Then again, isn't that what most work out routines are anyway? Keep it up and you will see results!

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Hi there!

Monday, February 09, 2009

I'm just getting started on SparkPeople, and there's a lot to look over and learn. I hope I can soon identify the parts I need the most so I don't have to spend all day at the computer! I really like what I've discovered so far. To introduce myself--well, the teams tell most of the tale--I'm fast approaching seniorhood, a bookworm, a knitter, a water aerobics teacher in Anchorage, Alaska.

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AKHAPPIE 2/10/2009 3:39PM


It's great to have another team member! We are here to help support you, answer questions you might have, or just to chat with. Good luck with SparkPeople! It's really a great program, and like Bikinigodess said, logging in at least once a day is the best way to stay on track. Have fun!

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BIKINIGODESS 2/9/2009 4:15PM

    Welcome to SP! It is a wonderful tool to help you reach your goals of getting healthy! I definitely recommend coming on at least once a day. It has everything you need to keep yourself motivated.

As for teams, I'd like to recommend the "Done Girls" team. It is for anyone and I must say they are the best I've seen at keeping you motivated and giving you support. Keep up the good work! emoticon

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