Aqua fitness classes are the latest craze. But these are nothing like the water aerobics classes you may have seen your granny doing. These are fun, fast-paced, high-intensity classes that sculpt every inch of your body. The water gives you a better range of motion, allowing you to move indifferent planes and train harder without the pain. Ready to take the plunge? Here are a few of the best aqua workouts in NYC.
Aqua cycling started out as a rehabilitation technique for athletes suffering from knee injuries. As others realized the benefits of sitting in waist-deep water, pedaling against its natural resistance, the workout exploded in popularity. An hour-long underwater spinning class burns approximately 800 calories! The friction between the water and skin also stimulates the lymphatic system, massaging cellulite away. Underwater spinning is a great workout for all body type, as it builds muscle and bone strength without stressing joints and muscles. After attending one of the classes at AQUA, a boutique studio located at 78 Franklin Street in TriBeCa, you’ll wake up ready for more rather than stiff and sore.
Fancy yourself more of a ballerina than a biker? Aqua Barre classes incorporate classic ballet concepts into a salt-water workout. You don’t need to be a trained dancer to reap the benefits of this popular fitness routine, however. Classes are meant to increase your core strength, coordination and alignment through a series of isometric movements—no pirouettes required. New York Health and Racquet Club offers a variety of Sculpt and Barre classes in saltwater pools at its 9 locations across NYC. As with any type of water exercise, barre classes in saltwater leave your skin softer and offer better resistance than those in chlorinated pools.
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