I left university in 2003 and started my career as a manager for Woolworths, I think that working in a town centre, with food outlets, buying my first car and working long hours helped the weight pile on. In 2008 I was a size sixteen. I had a career change and became a secondary school teacher and finding I had spare time, I took up becoming a member of David Lloyd and this is where I found my love, aqua aerobics. Having come from a family where water has always formed a part of our holidays and social life and having completed my bronze medallion as a teenager, to include an aqua aerobic session in my workouts seemed the obvious choice.
WATER HIDES A MULTITUDE OF SINS
I loved aqua, partly because in the studio there was skinny size eight models, who knew the step aerobics, routine with perfect timing and I was larger and out of time. In the water, size didn’t matter nor did it matter if I missed a beat. The workouts were always fun, we had good music and we felt like we had worked without pouring with sweat. I always tried to go to as many sessions as I could, I loved the school holidays as I could go to daytime aqua sessions as well as evening ones, the pool really was a place that was full of calm. Little did I know at the time in 2012 I would start to teach my own classes.
TAILORED TO SUIT YOUR NEEDS
There is a real misconception around aqua, that it is an easy workout, that you don’t burn as many calories as you would in the gym and it’s for older people. This is simply untrue and something with my teaching I try and discourage these beliefs by teaching, sometimes calling some of my classes boot camps to dispel the myths and teach them very much like HIIT or tabata classes which are very popular at the moment. Whilst you are in water you constantly working against resistance so that your body has to overcome this, you are also working muscles in pairs, so there is constant movement in your muscles. One of the reasons that people choose to work in water is because of gravity, the gravity is less in water so that you weigh less and therefore people find it easier to move and there is less impact on the joints. In water people also find that they have a greater range of movement so can undertake exercises which they wouldn’t be able to do on land.
Aqua classes are usually very upbeat and friendly. There is no need to feel nervous about everyone else, as when you are underwater no one can see you. If you think you are uncoordinated or may move in the wrong direction, the water hides this. You can tailor the work out to your needs, if you want a high impact workout then you can, if you want a lower impact workout you can also achieve this, it really is a class where one size fits all. I laugh and joke with my friends, in my twenties I used to go night clubbing and pay to dance to S Club 7, now I dance to S Club 7 in the day and get paid for it!