What are the ingredients of a fabulous aqua session?
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 class rocked” or “that could’ve been much better”.
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 level of movement intensity is dependant on it’s application in the water.
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 and muscle tone. Hydro Diamond Dumbbells and Boxing Gloves are two quite different pieces of equipment that allowed us to develop a diverse range of movements and exercises.
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 and is a universal form of communication, why are we then using it as “something in the background”?
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 intensity to shallow cardiovascular exercises
Buoyancy assisted aid for people with disabilities and non swimmers
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 have numerous uses, but what happens after fifteen years of being creative – you need to try something new. Okeo have created a number of new pieces of aquatic equipment, one of which I have chosen to write about: The Hydro Ankle.
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.