Aug 13
Aqua For The Young And Fit

Olympic level sports people find Aqua beneficial in their preparation for the Olympics so imagine what Aqua can do for you!  Most people can exercise in water and Aqua fitness classes are gaining popularity with the young and fit. Although some people think they are only for older people or pregnant mums, many people are starting to realise the benefits of Aqua for everybody.

The fitness industry reports Aqua is its’ fastest growing sector, and Western NSW residents now have some unique opportunities to train as a leader for this exciting exercise option. Free two day workshops to train new Aqua Leaders will be held in Dubbo on the weekend 15-16th, again on Tue 18 and Wed 19 of September and in Lightning Ridge on the Sat 22 and Sun 23 September. Aqua Leader training in Orange is on offer in November on Tue 20 and Wed 21.

Training presenters are well known fitness trainer Colleen Wilson-Lord OAM and her husband Dr Brian Lord. They have been training fitness leaders for over 30 years and are passionate about rural areas getting similar opportunities to metropolitan cities. The workshops are organised by the Health Promotion Team covering Western NSW & Far West Local Health Districts.

These Aqua workshops are not the same as formal fitness leader training, but are of a very high standard. The training is open to anyone who is prepared to run free Aqua classes in their community in the next 12 months. ‘Providing weekend and mid-week course options has been identified as important to provide greater access for people wanting to be trained,’ said Clinton Gibbs, Aqua leader, Health Promotion. ‘The course is looking for people who are interested in providing free classes to community members which may include sports teams, groups of men, older people, other workers, mums, grandparents or anyone’.

‘While beginners and the less fit can start gently with Aqua classes, the resistance of water can also be used to challenge the fittest of sports men and women. Training intensity can easily be increased in deep water for an athletic and demanding session. Aqua dumbbells, belts and noodles can enhance the workout even further’ stated Clinton.

For people of all ages, Aqua reduces the risk of exercise injuries. With the buoyancy effect of water, and without the jarring action of land based exercise, avoidance of injury or recovery from injury can often be achieved a lot quicker in water. Many top level sports people have done this in their preparation for the Olympics and other championships or finals.

Clinton identified ‘Out of condition people can get fit in the pool as aqua exercises can be provided at different levels for various grades of fitness. Exercise in the water allows a wider range of movement compared with what can be achieved on land’.

Overall Aqua exercise is a great way to get fit, vary your fitness routine, meet new people and generally have fun. For more information about the workshop or to get a Registration Form, contact Health Promotion Officer Clinton Gibbs on 6841 5590 or Clinton.Gibbs@gwahs.health.nsw.gov.au.

 

MEDIA: For more information please contact Health Promotion Officer Clinton Gibbs on

02 6841 5590 Clinton.Gibbs@gwahs.health.nsw.gov.au