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Updated on November 20, 2014

The world of exercise is quickly changing as we learn more about our muscular structure and the benefits to our health for both young and old alike. Muscular resistance with cardiovascular conditioning is the best fitness combination - it is efficient and offers a full body workout that includes the lungs and the heart muscles too. "Circuit training" has existed for years on land, and is finally coming of age for the water too. This fitness format called "circuit training" combines training for cardiorespiratory and specific strength or motor skills all in a single workout. There are some great new swim fitness tools out on the marketplace that are exciting, very functional and very cost effective. Water exercise weights use both buoyancy and the displacement of the water to further enhance the targeted toning of the muscles.

Ladies - Fear of Becoming "Musclebound" is Gone!

Science has taught us that females are not at risk for becoming “musclebound” with strength training. We have learned our hormones and muscle structure is different and we have clearly established the formula for building muscle. Body builders, athletic trainers and researchers at the universities throughout the world have lead the way. Additionally, popular programs such as Les Mills has taught us that circuit training and target toning offer the most efficient fitness program that not only builds muscles and tones and shapes up but also increases our endurance. The times have dramatically changed since the days of my Grandmother. Our knowledge base and appreciation for muscle and exercise is slowly transitioning us into a smarter, healthier populace.

"Theoretically, interval training can overload the heart longer and more effectively than a single continuous workout."


AEA Circuits & Intervals June 2010

"Interval training is a type of physical training that involves bursts of high intensity work. This high intensity work is alternated with periods of rest or low activity, the eponymous intervals."

"Circuit training is a combination of high-intensity aerobics and resistance training designed to be easy to follow and target fat loss, muscle building and heart fitness. An exercise "circuit" is one completion of all prescribed exercises in the program. When one circuit is complete, one begins the first exercise again for another circuit. Traditionally, the time between exercises in circuit training is short, often with rapid movement to the next exercise."

As fitness instructors and personal trainers, we design our classes and personal training sessions to include "interval training" - a type of physical training that involves bursts of high intensity work.This brief bout at near-maximum exertion interspersed with periods of lower-intensity activity offers the most efficient workout for the hear and muscles.

If we combine our interval training with target toning, we have a fitness program called circuit training. Circuit training is a combination of high-intensity aerobics and resistance training designed to be fun and easy. Excellent for targeting fat loss, building muscle and increasing the stamina of the heart muscle. An "exercise circuit" is one completion of the prescribed targeted exercise. Immediately following the completion of the circuit, another circuit is started. Often the goal is rapid movement to the next exercise.


Circuit Training Course Examples

A good circuit training course works the different sections in the body individually. A good example of a circuit may be:

Land ~ Water Circuit Training

  • Arms: Pull-ups, Push-up ~ Push-downs
  • Arms: Triceps Chair Dips ~ Tricep Dips
  • Abs: Sit ups ~ Water Crunches
  • Legs: Step ups ~ Kicks
  • Arms: Shoulder press ~ Push-downs
  • Abs: Elbows and Toes Plank ~ Rowboat
  • Legs - Burpees ~ Cross Country Ski and Rocking Horse

New Water Exercise Weight Equipment

I have the privilege of attending the Aquatic Exercise Association's training in Lake Forest, Illinois and wanted to share with you a few new pieces of water aerobics equipment. Please find below a short introduction to:

  • Speedo's Ergo Bells™
  • Aqua Jogger's Sqoodle™ (square noodle)
  • Body Bar®
  • American Son Products' EZ Swimmer®
  • Jumbo Noodles

Ergo Bells in Motion

Ergo Bells in use - under water photo showing the aquatic barbell use in the water by a female in a blue one piece swim suit
Ergo Bells in use - under water photo showing the aquatic barbell use in the water by a female in a blue one piece swim suit | Source
Ergo Bells in use - female in black one piece swim suite showcasing the use of the aquatic barbells
Ergo Bells in use - female in black one piece swim suite showcasing the use of the aquatic barbells | Source

Ergo Barbells from Aqua Sphere Swim

orange ergonomic barbells for the swimming pool
orange ergonomic barbells for the swimming pool | Source

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Ergo Bells

"Not only give you a great cardiovascular workout but also tone muscles and burn calories for an efficient core, arms and upper body aquatic fitness workout by using buoyancy resistance in combination with the continuous resistance of the water.

Low impact conditioning, Strengthens upper body

Tones muscles and burns calories

Multiple resistance levels

Made of non-waterlogging, EVA foam, Colour- Orange
"


Description: Strengthens upper body. Low impact conditioning. Tones muscles & burns calories. Increases flexibility. Great cardiovascular & aerobic workout. Recommended for all levels of fitness, conditioning & rehabilitation from surgery or injury. New for 2007: Increased resistance, Orange Color, Soft comfortable grips, Rounded edges prevent chafing. Compression molded EVA foam will not absorb water or rot."

Ergonomic Barbells

woman in blue swim suit using orange ergonomic barbells
woman in blue swim suit using orange ergonomic barbells | Source

Water Exercise is Wise!

Water Exercise is Wise with Blue Wave Background
Water Exercise is Wise with Blue Wave Background

AquaJogger Sqoodle Water Noodle

Sqoodle - A Square Water Noodle
Sqoodle - A Square Water Noodle | Source

Aqua Jogger Sqoodle Water Noodle

"AquaJogger Sqoodle Description:

THICK & LONG SQOODLE (3"X64")

The noodle workout is the latest rage in water fitness, and AquaJogger takes it to the next level with the Sqoodle™ (square noodle) . More buoyancy for more support and more resistance than other noodles. The Sqoodle™ is one durable, comfortable, and Innovative Noodle.

  • Made from the same high quality EVA foam as the AquaJogger.

  • Soft to the touch and does not irritate skin

  • Closed cell foam is non absorbent and dries fast

  • Long lasting and durable

  • More buoyancy than other noodles

  • Versatile design for a full workout

  • A fun toy for children of all ages"

Body Bars

Eight different colors of Body Bars
Eight different colors of Body Bars | Source

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The Body Bar


Like all great things in fitness, from the balance ball to the bosu to the EZ Swimmer, the fitness tools often look strange.  The Body Bar is no exception.  This little fitness tool is absolutely fantastic!  It really works the legs muscles and targets the muscles in a low impact manner.  Imagine leg workout with impact - joyful to your knee joints!  Precisely!

The AEA Conference that I attended in Lake Forest, Illinois had an instructor share with us that they use the Body Bar in the water!  In combination with their water aerobics group classes.  What a great concept.  I cannot speak to that directly because I have not tried it but I love the Body Bar on land feel it should be as common place as the stability ball and Bosu.

Below is some specific details about the Body Bar and what makes it a simple fitness tool for you and/or your clients.

"The Body Bar® Difference

The Body Bar
® is a classic fitness tool; a simple, one piece solid steel, weighted fitness bar encased in high quality easy grip rubber for a secure and comfortable grip. User friendly, cost effective and versatile, The Body Bar® can be used not only in group exercise and the fitness center, but also for personal training, physical therapy, and home workouts.

The Body Bar® is utilized in a wide variety of workouts including strength & conditioning, circuit & interval classes, kick boxing & martial arts, sports conditioning, balance & alignment, pilates & yoga based workouts and flexibility training. All of our products are supported by the Master Your Body videos featuring top fitness instructors.

Can't make it to the gym? Pull out your Body Bar and a DVD for a fun and efficient total-body workout. Check out our DVDs, take a workshop or master class, pick up a Body Bar and use your imagination."

Water Aerobics Fitness Tool EZ Swimmer

two young girls using the blue body board
two young girls using the blue body board
man sitting at the edge of the swimming pool with a body board in his lap
man sitting at the edge of the swimming pool with a body board in his lap

Water Aerobics EZ Swimmer Fitness Tool

"EZ Swimmer is the ultimate in swim fitness programs - whether for the beginner, intermediate or advanced - there is something for everyone. Most of us, actually over 95% cannot swim more than 3 laps unaided. Yet, all of us need and want the target toning and the cardio exercise that water exercises provide.

How? How Does the EZ Swimmer Actually Work?

What if you we could target tone with an ergonomic barbell that kept us afloat, feet off the swimming pool floor but provided many of the great exercises that are so beneficial on land - but right in the water? Now you can with an innovative tool, a swim fitness tool - the EZ Swimmer.

The heavier we are typically the higher amount of body fat we have. Except for elite athletes, this correlation holds true. So amazingly the EZ Swimmer is ideal for all adults. For very petite under 100 lbs or children under 90 lbs, there is simply too much buoyancy. Remember this is a fitness tool not a toy. Think of the EZ Swimmer as an ergonomic barbell made specifically for the water.

Why? Full Body Workout

The EZ Swimmer provides a full body workout. Aptly named EZ Swimmer because this innovative swim fitness tool brings to us all the great benefits of full immersion swimming without immersing our head under the water."

RPE - Rate of Perceived Exertion for Interval Training

Briefly RPE refers to Borg's Rating of Perceived Exertion which ranges from 0 - laying down doing nothing - to 10 - the hardest intensity you could ever imagine working at. The scale is something like this.

0 - NOTHING, 0.5 - VERY, VERY LIGHT, 1 - VERY LIGHT,

2 FAIRLY LIGHT 3 - MODERATE, 4 - SOMEWHAT HARD,

5 - HARD, 7 - VERY HARD, 10 - MAXIMAL!

Multi-Dimensional Resistance

The water's unique resistance of both sides assists in developing muscle balance through targeting both muscles - eccentric and concentric in nature.



Frugal Water Aerobics Resistance Equipment Tip

Cutting a noodle into smaller pieces and inserting a slit in the middle allows participants to maintain their hand flat, fingers spread wide and yet all the great resistance of the buoyant material. A great use for recycling the good portions of older noodles too!

Large Jumbo Noodles

large jumbo noodle
large jumbo noodle | Source

Frugal Water Aerobics Resistance Tool Tip

The large - jumbo sized noodles offer additional buoyancy especially helpful for clients with lower body fat and less ability to float. The large noodles work exceptionally well when placed underneath the arms or as a swing. For my classes, I will segment the work routine into the two different positions to allow easy transition from the jumbo noodle (or two noodles together works well too!) and single noodle for the forward arm motions.

Aerobic Marriage with Weights - Les Mills' Innovation

Les Mills was the very first to offer the complete marriage of aerobic exercise with weight training. Details about their first class are provided below. They have expanded their classes all over the world and have over 5 different class offerings. A great program which will most assuredly pump up the energy level of your health club.


"BODYPUMP™ is the original barbell class that strengthens your entire body. This 60-minute workout challenges all your major muscle groups by using the best weight-room exercises like squats, presses, lifts and curls. Great music, awesome instructors and your choice of weight inspire you to get the results you came for – and fast! Like all the LES MILLS™ programs, a new BODYPUMP™ class is released every three months with new music and choreography.

The rockin’ music makes you forget about the pain of the workout! Nothing makes me get a good sweat on like BODYPUMP™ does!
-Chandra Branson


A typical class

BODYPUMP™ is designed to improve strength and endurance in the major muscle groups and, in doing so, burn calories. We use carefully chosen music tracks to guide you through the class with maximum effect. The usual length of each class is 60 minutes.

  • Burn up to 600 calories per class for fat loss
  • Improve your strength
  • Improve your general fitness
  • Shape and tone your muscles
  • Improve your bone density (helps ward off osteoporosis)
  • Come away feeling strong and confident

This week, in more than 13,000 clubs, in 75 countries, millions of people will put aside whatever else is happening in their lives and lose themselves for an hour in the pure exhilaration of one of our eight LES MILLS™ group fitness classes. And we want you to be a part of it too.

With Les Mills you’re not just exercising, you’re joining in on something bigger than yourself – a revolution. You’ll fall in love with fitness as our passionate instructors and inspiring music tracks guide you through a huge variety of workouts that will change your life.

You’ll sweat, you’ll shout, you may even curse us, but you’ll leave feeling extraordinary. And tomorrow you’re likely to come back and do it all again." source: les mills

Combining Weights with Water Aerobics Makes Sense

The future for continued great exercise programs looks bright as more land programs are being merged into swim fitness.  Water aerobics or swim fitness offers every possible level of intensity from the elite athlete to the active healthy aging adult to the elite aging baby boomers who are determined to prove that exercise is the elixir of youth.

Water Exercise With Weights Wins!

This is a winning combination for everyone - high cardio and target toning - a very efficient program similar in nature to the Les Mills popular exercise programs.

Using buoyant fitness tool for the water exercise classes is a great way to add variety to your water aerobics classes. The same principles that apply to land for calisthenics and using your own body weight for resistance work well to incorporate into water aerobics classes.

Water Exercise With Weights Wins!

Aquatic Exercise Association

AEA is an internationally recognized organization, incorporated in 1984 and committed to education and training of aquatic exercise.
AEA is an internationally recognized organization, incorporated in 1984 and committed to education and training of aquatic exercise. | Source

SCW Fitness

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      H P Roychoudhury 6 years ago from Guwahati, India

      Excellent.

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      nms 6 years ago from Cochin

      Superb. You missed nothing. Perfect!

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      HP,

      Thank you very much! Swim fitness is excellent and these tools will certainly help millions of people. So glad, swim fitness is graduating beyond simply the children's noodle.

      Today I taught my class with double children's noodles - they loved it! They are thrilled to add the resistance to their exercise program.

      nms,

      You are too kind. I tried to include everything - greatly appreciate your high marks. Please stop in again.

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      Felipe 2 years ago

      I think it was from your post that I started a Facebook group caelld Just Move and invited a few of my friends who were committed or wanted to commit to exercise. We post daily or weekly how many miles or minutes of walking or running we do, or anything else that gets us moving. It has helped keep me motivated. We started out by making a game of it, using a program online where we walked across America. We did that in no time flat. Now we have a few runners who make me feel very lazy when they post their miles and i am still posting my 45-50 minutes of hill walking and not nearly often enough. It's definitely been helpful. Thanks!

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      Kelly A Burnett 2 years ago from United States

      Hi Felipe,

      Oh, I am so proud of you! The 45-50 minutes a day is where we all should be with our fitness program. This three days a week simply does not work for me - I need a daily commitment no different than when I had two large Golden Retrievers that I was responsible for and loved tremendously. I have found throughout the years that daily is the routine that works best for me. I take my supplements daily, I exercise daily, I brush my teeth daily and strangely enough I eat daily (thank God!).

      So glad you have found this hub useful to you.

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      Kelly A Burnett 2 years ago from United States

      Hi Felipe,

      Oh, I am so proud of you! The 45-50 minutes a day is where we all should be with our fitness program. This three days a week simply does not work for me - I need a daily commitment no different than when I had two large Golden Retrievers that I was responsible for and loved tremendously. I have found throughout the years that daily is the routine that works best for me. I take my supplements daily, I exercise daily, I brush my teeth daily and strangely enough I eat daily (thank God!).

      So glad you have found this hub useful to you.

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      Kelly A Burnett 2 years ago from United States

      Hi Felipe,

      Oh, I am so proud of you! The 45-50 minutes a day is where we all should be with our fitness program. This three days a week simply does not work for me - I need a daily commitment no different than when I had two large Golden Retrievers that I was responsible for and loved tremendously. I have found throughout the years that daily is the routine that works best for me. I take my supplements daily, I exercise daily, I brush my teeth daily and strangely enough I eat daily (thank God!).

      So glad you have found this hub useful to you.

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      Kristen Howe 20 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Kelly, great hub on water exercise weights. I never heard of those barbells before. Very useful and voted up!

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      Kelly A Burnett 19 months ago from United States

      Hi Kristen,

      Barbells in the water, I feel is a new frontier that needs further exploration and exploitation! Love the water - water sports, water relaxation and water exercise and strength training in the water is my personal and professional favorite.

    In Appreciation:

    AEA - Aquatics Exercise Association aeawave.com

    Squoodle from fitnesszone.com

    Ergo Bells from divingdirectshop.co.uk

    Body Bar from healthystylesexercise.com

    EZ Swimmer from EZSwimmer.com

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