Posted 4/12/2014 1:07 AM (GMT -8)
I wanted to add that (back in the day....the past 15-20 years when I worked as a personal trainer), I would also have to cover some of the "water aerobics" classes (and lucky me, because I had my cert, I got those last minute calls to stay an extra 6 hours after work to clock in as Life Guard because they, every now and again, just didn't show up).
I taught a few different classes. Yes, some were deep water. But MOST of them were in 3 feet of water, and yes, with paddle boards, noodles, floatation devices....sometimes your whole upper body was out of the water, or I'd have my class submerge themselves (in 3 feet of water) until they were chest height.
It's about moving your body back and forth, with and against the water, the freedom to do things like jump in the water (not "into" the water, clarify there),....no impact on the joints. It's magical. The warm water feels very good on the body, time flies. I played music (some instructors do, some don't), but it's a lot of fun and it gives your back a true break from the weight of gravity and compression!!
It's an exceptional idea, and it was one of the most positive classes we offered (we had to offer them more than once per day). Really worth a shot. They're magical and loads of fun!