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?
Hmmm. Interesting answers, but a little short of fully comprehending the subject. The majority of aquatic exercise classes are more like land aerobic exercise classes (step, spin, etc.) than resistance training. The repetitions are more for aerobic challenge of the cardiovascular system than for the three most popular modes of resistance training (endurance, hypertrophy, strength). Aquatic exercise can be in one of these modes for deconditioned individuals, so you should know your clientel.
But aquatic exercise can be used for resistance training if you know what you are doing and how to use the properties of water to your advantage. I do teach this as a CEC course. But it is far too involved to attempt to explain it here. And besides, it is how I make part of my income. So, I don’t give it away.