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Swimming Pool Scene AQUATIC EXERCISE


Fitness Fanatics


Aquatic fi tness is a growing trend in the UK, as more people take to the water to work out


ABOVE: Water is 800 times denser than air, so we have to make more effort, and therefore expend more energy, to move about in a pool.


With an estimated 2.5 million Brits working out in water every week, it is no wonder that aquatic fi tness is creating big waves in the leisure sector. Technological advancements combined with the heightened awareness of the benefi ts of exercising in water, has led to a growing demand for aquatic fi tness and its associated products. The health benefi ts of speak for themselves. Swimming, even at a gentle pace will burn about 200 calories in half an hour. Water is 800 times denser than air, so we have to make more effort, and therefore expend more energy, to move about in a pool. Jogging


through water, for example, will burn up to 11.5 calories per minute compared to the eight calories you would shed on land. From a commercial perspective, leading leisure operator Everyone Active has seen a steady rise in the popularity of swimming-focused training and fi tness sessions. Mark Talley, Everyone Active’s Group Fitness Manager comments:


“Traditional aqua type classes have perhaps declined slightly in their popularity and hence the number of classes we offer has reduced. However, we have seen a growth in interest for more swimming focused activity, in relation to training for endurance events such as triathlons, open water swims and charity events. This is linked to the rise nationally in participation in such events, which I predict will continue to grow.”


BROAD SPECTRUM


ABOVE: Leisure operator Everyone Active offers a broad spectrum of aquatic based fi tness activities at its facilities.


48 Swimming Pool Scene AQUATIC EXERCISE


Everyone Active offers a broad spectrum of aquatic based fi tness activities at its facilities, each with a range of benefi ts depending on the activity itself. For the deconditioned, general aquatic activities offer benefi ts of a non-weight bearing environment, which is less hard on bones and joints. For the more specialist fi tness sessions the activity itself is inherent within the training. Mark adds: “The aqua fi tness classes generally tend to attract predominantly female participants, with a high proportion of these being in the 50+ age bracket. However, we do see a higher proportion of males and younger participants for some of the circuit


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