February 29, 2012 in Uncategorized
A friend recently asked if I would go with her to try out some aqua aerobics classes at the gym. And not being one to ever say no to trying out soemthing new in the fitness department I decided to give it a bash.
So early one Saturday morning I found myself wearing my finest sporty-looking swimming costume, standing in front of a mirror in the changerooms trying desperately to attach a piece of wobbly rubber to my head in vain. Have you ever tried putting on a swimming cap that just won’t fit? It’s impossible. So several minutes and chunks of hair later I was ready.
We are quite lucky at the Tableview Virgin Active that the swimming pool is almost ‘hidden’ around the corner and not right in the middle of everything as most swimming pools are in gyms. So strutting out in my cozzie and bright pink rubber cap I didn’t feel too bad. Until I saw the rest of our classmates…
The average age was 60. I KID.YOU.NOT.
There is nothing more disappointing than expecting a great workout old to arrive and find out it’s a class for old ladies so your chances of working up a good sweat are relatively small. Not that I have anything against old ladies workoing out at the gym – not at all. I actually admire the bejeezers out of them and applaud anyone who gets their butts to gym regardless of their age.
Anyhoo, since I was already dressed and standing there looking forlorn wasn’t going to burn any calories I figured I might as well get in and just hope for the best. I could always do another workout afterwards right?
WELL! You’d think by now I’d know not to be so freaking presumptuous! It turned out to be quite a cool class after all. Within minutes my heart was pumping and the resistance the water provided made the normal aerobic moves really difficult.
However when I stole a glance at some of my other classmates I realised that they were all taking it very easy and I was the only one making a huge mess. And by mess I mean I was blinding myself with all the splashing and underwater bubble-making (not THAT kind of bubble-making SIES MAN). But they were all barely out of breath and gliding slowly through the water, half-heartedly doing the moves I was literally throwing my heart and soul into.
That’s when I realised why aqua classes are so badly attended by anyone wnot from the white-hair brigade. Because they watch a class, see how little is involved and think – like I did – that it’s not really worth the effort of squeezing into a rubber cap for such a mediocre workout.
However the joke is on them because these classes really ARE a good workout. You just have to DO the workout. Don’t take it easy, push yourself. Otherwise what’s the point of being there?!
So for anyone looking for a really nice low impact but high energy class, I would really recommend it. If you’re injured and can’t run or cycle this would be a good option for you too from purely a cardio- point of view. Just make it worth your while.
And don’t swallow the water. *SHUDDER*