Aqua aerobics is one of the most effective ways to get fit, lose weight, strengthen muscles and increase flexibility.
About our Teacher
Our teacher Gwen Bolger B.Sc. has being teaching aqua aerobics for over 25 years. She was one of the first teachers in Ireland to teach aquatic exercise and initially qualified to teach with Speedo. She also holds certificates in aquatics with NCEF (national certificate in exercise and fitness) and IASA. Gwen travelled to the states where she trained as an Aquatic Exercise Specialist with AEA (Aquatic Exercise Association). She also qualified as a Neuromuscular therapist/physical therapist in 2001. She is currently studying with IAFC the Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation institute.
Gwen is also a Teacher Trainer for the Speedo Aquatic Exercise Teacher Training Course and has presented workshops in aquatics both nationally and internationally.
Aqua aerobics is one of the most effective ways to get fit, lose weight, strengthen muscles and increase flexibility. The water can either be sort or hard depending on how you use it. Think of it as your own liquid weight machine. When we are in the water we have freedom of movement and increased range of movement at our joints due to buoyancy and hydro-static pressure. Therefore, it is very beneficial for those people who suffer from arthritis or ROM problems.
Aqua aerobics is a safe low-impact fun form of exercise which can cater for all levels at the same time, from the de-conditioned to the very fit. It is all about the force we apply to the movement therefore, everyone can workout at their own fitness levels and the teacher will provide options for those people who need an easier version of that movement. Research shows if we have correct alignment while travelling through the water our abdominals are engaged therefore the resistance in the water provides functional core abdominal training throughout the class. In other words we can gain abdominal strength without having to focus on those muscles.