Hi friends! Happy Friday! I’m so happy you liked the Focus On post- I always love to write about different class formats! I also love guest posts about fitness topics/classes that I’m not as familiar with, so if you’re interesting in writing one I haven’t covered, please let me know.
Yesterday, I had the chance to get licensed in a new-to-me version of one of my all time favorite classes: Zumba, but in the POOL.
As you guys know, I’m not much of a swimmer, so learning to teach aqua classes was challenging for me. Eventually I got comfortable doing it- the more you teach, the easier it gets- and am now to the point where I have a lot of fun out on the deck instructing. When I heard that a few of us were being sent up to Phoenix for Aqua Zumba certification, I knew I’d be a huge fan. Not only would I get the chance to add another Zumba modality to my belt, but it’s something else that would make me look forward to teaching pool classes.
A main difference between Aqua Zumba and regular Zumba (besides the very obvious) include the fact that your arms stay under water for the most part, so the movements are lower on your body. The water adds extra resistance to the music, so in addition to making lateral moves more challenging, it also gives the opportunity for strength improvements. Since it’s a pool class, it’s very easy on the joints and knees, plus the extra buoyancy enables you to jump HIGH which is a lot of fun.