Aqua Spin: What to Expect from an Underwater Cycling Class
By Tracy Dye
Looking for a fun way to quickly get in shape? Just add water.
Haven on the Lake currently offers Aqua Spin, an underwater cycling class that delivers a full-body workout for all levels. Below, learn more about what you can expect from this unique program.
You’ll do more with less effort
According to the American Exercise Association, aquatic exercise can deliver a calorie-blasting workout without leaving you exhausted. The resistance of water provides a greater challenge than land-based exercises. However, the water also reduces body temperature, which creates a cooling effect; because you won’t be huffing or glistening with sweat, your perceived exertion is less in the water.
This can potentially allow you to push yourself much harder than you would on land.
You can do more tricks
Along with the resistance water creates, the buoyancy allows you to weightlessly move, flip, turn and stretch regardless of your fitness level. Haven’s Aquatic Team Leader, Linda Phillips, said the buoyancy of water offers optimal support, allowing the body to work in ways that cannot be achieved through land-based exercises.
Phillips said she has seen individuals with conditions that have led to kyphosis (a pronounced curvature in the spine that causes a hunchback) experience monumental changes while in the water.
“They get in the water and can stand up straight,” she said. “It is good for the skeletal system and postural too…You leave [the water] feeling much more calm, much more grounded.”
Faster recovery from post-workout soreness
Many people who choose aqua exercises over their land-based counterparts do so to avoid the pain and delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) that can come from working out on land.
Following an Aqua Spin class, some soreness is definitely likely to occur due to the challenging nature of the class. However, you will likely notice that you don’t experience the type of pain and stiffness that can come from land-based classes, thanks to the support and massage-like effect the water creates.
According to a study published in the Journal of Sports Sciences, male long-distance runners experienced faster recovery from delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) when following downhill running with aqua exercises.
Moreover, the Arthritis Foundation notes that water workouts are optimal for increasing range of motion and decreasing pain ﹘﹘ particularly when they are performed in heated pools, like the one at Haven.
Learn more details about all of Haven’s aqua classes here. Check out a full list of mind body movement classes here or call 410-715-3020 for more information. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up with the latest happenings.