When using buoys or noodles in an aqua class, are the standards the same for training as on land? For example, 3 sets of 10-12 reps, to fatigue. Is it “normal” to do 40+ “abdominal shoot throughs or crunches” with a noodle? My concern is lack of good form and/or injury. Also are any good articles or information regarding this that I can read and share?
I have trained aquatics since 1980. Although there are difference between land and water-based exercise, rep scheme is fairly similar. The difference is that in practice, it’s difficult to attain the same level of resistance in water. As on land, however, high reps have there place as well as low reps. Some basic ways to increase resistance while in water: Use bulkier apparati, use heavier apparati, hold apparati more deeply under water, take shorter rest periods between sets, do exercise while treading, etc. Ultimately, water and land are two different methods and comparing reps scheme is less important than engaging in a solid, worthwhile session. It is always worthwhile to combine the two land and water in one session. Be creative and artful in your quest to train aquatically, make it an art and have fun. Gauge the client exertion over the actually rep scheme. -Marc D. Thompson, www.VirtualHomeFitness.com