What is Aqua Circuit?
By Tracy Dye
Aqua circuit training offers an effective and rejuvenating experience. Like many people, I spend a majority of my day sitting at a desk. Finding time for any type of exercise program can be a challenge, let alone one that can deliver a full-body, calorie-blasting workout in less than an hour.
Enter Aqua Circuit at Haven on the Lake. In only 45 minutes, this unique class will work every muscle thanks to some innovative equipment. During my session, I rotated between stations that included an aqua spin bike, aqua TRXⓇ, aqua punching bag and an aqua pole, to name a few things.
My personal favorite was the aqua trampoline — yes, they now make trampolines for the water.
One bonus of doing the workout in the water was that the support and buoyancy kept me from realizing just how much I was challenging myself. In fact, there were times when moves felt downright easy. Fast-forward an hour after my session and some prominent — yet bearable — soreness permeated my muscles. For once, I didn’t feel guilty about staying glued to my seat for the rest of the day.
Circuit training is a fun and efficient way to get fit fast. When you add the support and resistance of water to the mix, the benefits increase tenfold. Learn more below.
Because a circuit class involves moving rapidly from one type of exercise to the next, you won’t get bored. This made the class fun and the time flew by.
It’s a HIIT
Circuit classes involve high-intensity interval training, otherwise known as HIIT. HIIT is a technique where intense bouts of exercises are followed by short periods of recovery. According to theAmerican College of Sports Medicine, HIIT training boasts many benefits, including:
- Better cardiovascular health
- Improved blood pressure
- Healthier cholesterol profiles
ACSM notes that, despite the various other benefits, it’s HIIT training’s ability to blast calories at a faster rate than various other exercises that has made it so popular.
Despite working hard, you don’t have to worry about the sweat, huffing and puffing that comes with a land-based class when exercise is moved into the pool.
The cooling effect of water also allows you to work harder without being conscious of the strain. According to theArthritis Foundation, water can also help you burn more calories due to the resistance of an aquatic environment.
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