Thursday, September 22, 2011
My pool's finally fixed up and open again. Hurray! The water was 75 degrees the first day, and I had no takers for a polar bear class, but we were at 82 this morning and back to normal.
But I still need to update you on the rest of my local water aerobics tour. I experienced 4 different classes at a nonprofit organization's pool, and they were quite a mixed bag. It was the type of pool with two shallow ends and a slightly deeper middle, which led to a curious arrangement that I had never seen before. The music was playing in the middle, while at one end the cardio fans were going at it hot and heavy. At the other end were the slower folks, some in a rehab mode, and some who seem to have come mainly for a chat with their pals. Sometimes there were two instructors, one for each end; a single instructor would stick to the cardio end and leave the others to get on by themselves.
There was a lot not to like--one instructor with an unbelievably loud (unamplified) voice, a lot of buoy barbells either down in the water for the full hour or waved around in the air half the time. There was one instructor at this facility that I really liked, that gave a balanced workout with none of the injury-risking positions and activities that are so common. To my surprise, she is not certified, but has trained herself with input from other instructors, physical therapists and orthopedists. Just goes to show that even without certification you can still do well if you pay attention to the wealth of information that's available.
There's one more instructor on the Tour. Next post I'll tell you about Countin' Bob.