Member Stories: Cindy Peterson “I feel healthy!”

"I Feel Healthy!" Cindy Peterson Elite Member Stories

We’re extremely proud of our members. Over the years their work out agendas and sporting endeavors serve as healthy examples of how it feels to be “Elite,” and how exercise not only adds years to your life, but life to your years! Today we’d like to highlight another member’s experience: Continue reading Member Stories: Cindy Peterson “I feel healthy!”

Member Stories: Marian C. Kieckbusch “Practice! Practice! Practice!”

We’re extremely proud of our members. Over the years their work out agendas and sporting endeavors serve as healthy examples of how it feels to be Elite, and how exercise not only adds years to your life, but life to your years! Today we’d like to highlight another member’s accomplishments: Continue reading Member Stories: Marian C. Kieckbusch “Practice! Practice! Practice!”

Aquatic Exercise: Not Just For “Grandmas” Anymore!

By Jessica Heller, Aquatics Director, Elite Sports Club-Mequon

Aquatic exercises are safe, effective, and fun for all ages and athletic abilities. Water fitness programming has progressed and diversified over the past several years, seeing an increase in participation worldwide.

Elite River Glen Outdoor Pool

The benefits of aquatic exercise include:

  • Buoyancy: In the water there is less impact to the joints than on land.
  • 360 degrees of resistance: Muscles must work against resistance to become stronger and more toned. Because of its viscosity, water provides more resistance than air, and in all directions of movement. This helps to provide a more balanced workout as opposing muscles are involved in every movement, unlike on land where you typically need to select more exercises to work all the muscles.

  • Decreased heart rate: Typically, aquatic exercisers experience lower heart rates with the same oxygen consumption as exercising on land. It also allows a more efficient venous return from the extremities to the heart, and improves the exchange of oxygen with waste products in the blood.
  • Calorie burning comparable to land exercise: On land, weight bearing is a primary factor for increasing calorie consumption, but with aquatic exercise, using the water’s resistance is more of a factor. Studies estimate that around 400-500 calories are burned in a one hour aquatic exercise session. This is comparable to running or walking at 10-11 minutes per mile.

A significant part of the workout intensity is up to the individual, by varying speed, position in the water, hand positions, and by using a variety of equipment designed specifically for the water. The type of program the participant selects is also very important. Most facilities offer a variety of options for water exercise participants, just as they do for land-based group exercise. There are aquatic programs that feature kickboxing, sport specific training, intervals, and circuits. Some classes are designed for pregnant women, participants with arthritis, youth, or those with special needs. If you prefer a more individual approach, consider aquatic personal training to more specifically target your goals and needs. Get wet, and find out what aquatic exercise can do for you!

Check out our aquatics group exercise class calendar for a listing of available water aerobics classes. We also offer Aqua Logix personal training, as well as Aqua Endurance training, among many other options personalized to you and your needs!

Do you frequent the pool? What’s your preferred activity: swimming laps, classes, strength/resistance training, lounging, something else? Tell us in the comments!

New Aqua Endurance Program, Strength Training in the Water

By Ryan Holtzman, Elite Sports Club-Brookfield Personal Training Director

Aqua Endurance Training is a revolutionary new form of personal training that allows individuals of all different populations to break through mental barriers and physical limitations. By incorporating many of today’s most proven workout strategies in an aquatic setting, physical limitations are eliminated and real progress can be made. Aqua Endurance Training reduces stress on muscles, bones, tendons, and ligaments, making it possible for many people who simply cannot exercise comfortably on land to achieve personal fitness through water resistance based strength/aerobic exercises. This would include but is not limited to individuals with Arthritic conditions, weight bearing limitations, and pre- and post- surgical requirements.

Top 5 benefits of Aqua Endurance Training:

  • Rapid fat loss and effective toning through water resistance.
  • Ability to increase your exercise work load and burn more calories in less time.
  • Stay cooler, even while exercising hard.
  • Reduce stress on your joints, bones, and muscles.
  • Look forward to your workouts with an ideal combination of fun and effective training!

Types of exercises and equipment used with Aqua Endurance Training:

What our clients have to say about Aqua Endurance Training:

I am a very active person who enjoys working out and going to the gym. Having said that, I am always looking for different ways to sweat and get a good workout in! When I first noticed the Aqua E program, I was intrigued. I had to try it! I was a little reluctant due to the fact that I wasn’t sure of the intensity of the workout, and I wanted to make sure it was worth while. Well, it was. The intensity of the workout completely depends on what your looking to get out of it; in other words it IS for everyone. I love the variety of the exercises, and the way it makes me feel when I am done. I always thought I wasn’t a “water person” but this was great! Ryan is great too! He will put you through an awesome workout where the time flies by!!! I would absolutely recommend it to anyone; all different fitness goals or even any limitations. (Melissa Elgert, trains twice a week)

I work with Ryan Holtzman in Aqua endurance. It is a great program for me. I am 71years old, with arthritic knees. This workout is strength building without the stress on my knees. I also lost 6lbs. mostly around my waist. My blood preassure is 117 over 78. Plus Ryan is a great trainer. (Vaughn Trudell, trains twice a week)

Let us know if you are interested in trying Aqua Endurance training for FREE (currently only available at our Brookfield location). We also offer many water aerobics classes, swim lessons, lap swimming, and other types of aqua personal training; all in our salt water pools.

Do you include water workouts in your fitness routine? Tell us in the comments!