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3/3/13 2:59 P

Hi, Julia - We do use buoys and noodles for resistance, and some of us use the webbed gloves (me for one). There are ankle strap-on things too but I don't use those because of my knees. The instructors are great, each with their own style and several with impressive health improvements and weight loss cred behind them. They have to keep the workout at a level safe and do-able for beginners, as well as challenge those who have been doing it for a while.
I think it's on me to push harder to get more out of it. Thanks, everyone, for your feedback. It helped me think this out better...

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3/3/13 1:37 A

We used to incorporate all sorts of great equipment to increase resistance back in the good old days when we had a terrific water aerobics class nearby. If your classes aren't incorporating some of these you're definitely missing out!

I hope your instructors will be inspired to push it up a notch - you'll all benefit. :)

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3/2/13 11:24 P

Thanks, Nancy - I will take your advice and talk to the instructors at the pool about this.

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3/2/13 11:23 P

Yes, I used to do laps & the same thing happened; it got to where I could swim for an hour or more & not be tired. Then laps seemed boring so I started the fitness classes. I'm not sure I could swim laps for as long now - haven't tried it for a long time. That's a good thought! I'll try it!

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3/2/13 11:18 P

can you swim?

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3/2/13 11:17 P


I think it depends on your goals. While it is nice to be able to raise the bar when it comes to our endurance activities when we are limited as to the types of activities we can do, acceptance may be all we can do. There are ways to increase your aerobic capacity in the water by adding webbed gloves or aqua-bells. Your water aerobics instructor may be able to help you modify your routine. Continue doing your strength training though, that is just as important to your overall fitness as your water aerobics class.

Coach Nancy

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3/2/13 10:50 P

I've been doing aqua fitness pretty steadily for almost 3 years. I love it. Because my knees are fragile it is the best option for me although I also do a strength routine at home twice a week and just put on good music and dance (without too much bouncing emoticon ) a couple times a week. The other issue is time - I can't easily put more time in each session at the pool - 1 to 1.5 hours is about my limit. So the question is - the pool workout doesn't tire me out like it used to. Is that OK? or do I need to do something more challenging? My expectation is that as I get fitter I'll need to (and be able to) take on harder workouts... Is that right? The ST and dance workouts are harder for me to do, and tire me out.

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