Working out for an hour in water? I survived the Swimsuitsforall aqua fitclass a little waterlogged but happy.
(Photo courtesy of Jackie Anzaroot from Swimsuitsforall)
Not to long ago I posted an article about how I was invited to an aqua fitness class courtesy of Swimsuitsforall. Last night was the showdown. The class. The workout. How was it? A heckuva lot of fun and exhausting!
The event was hosted by Cece Olisa, Editrix of The Big Girl Blog: Tales of a Plus Size Princess. Kellie Brown of NYLA coordinated the bloggers and got everyone motivated—Watch the video when she tosses her goggles!
Jackie Anzaroot from Swimsuitsforall took photos of us and let us use her hotspot (Allons-y Jackie!). Swimsuitsforall provided fabulously tailored, well made and sexy swimsuits from their AquaBelle collection. Styles range from flirty retro 40s one pieces to serious shortinis.
After changing into our suits, posing for photos and giggling, we headed on into the pool. NYSC on 3rd avenue has a pool! Who knew? Luckily for me, it wasn’t deep. As you can see from the photos, once again, I’m the hobbit of the group.
Waiting for Tyrello, our aquatic workout teacher, we cavorted like dolphins in the pool. When Tyrello came, turned on the music and started the workout, we didn’t stop giggling. Don’t get the wrong idea, we worked out. We worked out hard! Tyrello’s mantra was, “Move the water!” For an hour straight, we jogged in the water, did crunches in the water, jumping jacks in the water, you named it, we “Moved the water.” By the end of the work out, I was exhilarated and felt all my muscles.
If you took the moves from an aquatic workout onto dry land, the only people who could do it well would either be gymnasts or dancers. You are constantly moving each inch of your body. Each muscle group gets a total workout. You never stop moving, you never stop jogging. If anyone ever tells you that water aerobics is for grannies, ask them if they’d like to jog in the water for an hour straight.
Whether I was kicking my legs, jogging, or attempting to get my knees under my chin whilst keeping my butt sticking out, I’d like to report that NOT ONCE did the bottom of my suit ride up, move around or drive me crazy. I’ve been in tons of one pieces over the years. Whether it was gym in junior high (the flashbacks are making me sweat) or swimming laps at my local pool, I’ve had on everything from Speedo to, well you name the brand that makes one piece swimsuits for swimmers, and the butt always does something funky when you swim. Not the swimsuitsforall suit.
The suit, I had on the Red Front Zip Tank (very Lara Croft). The suit provides UV protection, has molded cups for anti-bounce and a power mesh tummy control which supports your core. When I was working out in the pool, I didn’t need to adjust anything at all.
My takeaway from this experience was two-fold: I think I found the perfect suit to swim laps and workout in the water and I’m going to see if I can take a water workout class once or twice a week. It’s a lot of fun and my abs really got a workout.