Marietta Mehanni

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H2O Conference: A world of presenters at your fingertips

The last 18 months have been a series of firsts, from teaching virtually and getting a handle on the technology, through to editing videos, creating accessible education platforms and building new websites. The impetus to do all these new things may have been due to reasons beyond our control, but it’s been a valuable learning [...]

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KICK BOARD’EM TO THE KERB!

Long before aqua tools like dumbbells and noodles were available to use in classes, there existed only one floatation aid that was a staple in every pool – the kick board. Used to assist swimmers with technique and to develop lower body power, the kick board made its way into the aqua class as instructors [...]

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Splash Dance

Do you like to dance? Dance is the movement interpretation of music. Most instructors would say ‘Yes’, because we often use exercise as a movement interpretation of music, and perhaps that is why we are drawn to this form of exercise. Do you find yourself dancing, or bopping to the beat, or at least tempted [...]

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The Chocolate Box 2

One of the challenges that face many aqua instructors is the ability to create new moves, new choreography and creative ways to use water. Water provides a unique exercise environment that allows for movement that is not possible on land. Faced with this wonderful opportunity, why is it that we want to stay with tried [...]

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Deeply Moving ver.2

Deep water training has grown in popularity over the past 15 years. Athletes and sporting groups are appreciating the benefits of both sports specific training and recovery in deep water. Certainly for the general public, it has been a fitness option that has grown steadily. Exercise Selection Traditionally, exercising in deep water involves running, cross [...]

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Hydro Worx

Aqua is becoming a very popular form of exercise, and as a result, aqua instructors are continually searching for the newest or latest, or most cutting edge aqua moves. The irony is, we often end up sticking to comfortable and familiar exercises and formats. Using tried and true moves that have tested well over time [...]

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Wet Force

How can dumbbells and noodles be used for deep water exercise?   Dumbbells and noodles are popular aquatic tools, predominately in shallow water, for resistance, turbulence and buoyancy type exercises. But can they be used effectively for a deep water class? These two pieces of equipment can suspend the body very effectively, so yes, it [...]

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Cutting Edge

Co written with Tim O'Connell As aqua instructors, the ability to be versatile with little or no equipment is to be commended. In recent years, however, aquatic tools like dumbbells, noodles, buoyancy belts and tubing have gained popularity in aqua classes all over Australia, which makes our job slightly easier to continually provide innovative and [...]

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Hydrofabulous

What are the ingredients of a fabulous aqua session? Class Plan Music Teaching Skills X factor One of the most important aspects of a fabulous class is the plan. Even with all other factors being present, without a plan, your sessions will be a "hit or miss". It will often be the case of "that [...]

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Deep And Meaningful

Co written with Clare Patmore Our mission was to look at conventional deep water sessions and explore the movement possibilities for a range of reasons. Originally we had tried deep water running classes. Our cliental didn't really enjoy the drills, sprints and discipline of performing one activity for a period of time. They wanted variety! [...]

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Smiling Hands

Happy hands is what I like to call them, though after use, you usually end up with tired arms. This is another unique tool from OKEO, an Italian company that is bringing fabulous new aquatic exercise tools into the Australian market. It's classic smiley face design belies it's hidden power in the water, though the [...]

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Sensational Aqua Arms

Sensational Aqua Arms workshop was developed from the desire to get aqua participants to focus more on their upper body technique and to change the typical lower body focus. In exploring the concept, we discovered that two pieces of OKEO equipment were ideal for meeting this challenge and therefore enabling participants to  improve their strength [...]

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Liquid Rhythms

Consider this... Participants coming to YOUR class because of the MUSIC you play! This has certainly been an important aspect in land based classes for as long as group fitness has existed. Admittedly, this is sometimes missing in aqua classes and music is merely a background beat. When we know that music can transcend time [...]

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Frothy Foam Ideas

What class would be complete without some exercises devoted to using the humble dumbbell? From the original milk containers that were one of the earliest floatation aids used in aqua classes, the dumbbell has many uses including: Suspended exercises in shallow and deep water Buoyancy resisted exercises for the upper body Core stability exercises Adding [...]

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Floating Feet

Hooray, a new aquatic tool to add variety to our aqua classes. As an aqua instructor, I have pushed, pulled, held and let go of the dumbbell in so many ways that I don't know if I can do anything new with it. The same applies to the noodle. They are both fantastic tools that [...]

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Deeply Moving

Deep water training has grown in popularity over the past 15 years. Athletes and sporting groups are appreciating the benefits of both sports specific training and recovery in deep water. Certainly for the general public, it has been a fitness option that has grown steadily.   Exercise Selection Traditionally, exercising in deep water involves running, [...]

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Creating Aqua Magic

Aqua instructors are continually being challenged to create new and interesting formats for their classes, hence the development of different forms of equipment such as dumbbells, woggles, aqua belts, etc. Unfortunately, not all facilities are equipped with these great tools so it's up to us to use our creativity to come up with effective, fun, [...]

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