facilities have purchased exercise equipment to draw more interest
into their programs. One of the offerings is an underwater
treadmill. Once considered a device just for therapy, it has caught
on with facilities looking to offer a little variety and an easier
workout for patrons’ joints.
Exercise cycles also
have made their way into the pool. Nancy Arnold says she sometimes
uses this to work three tri-athletes at one time: one running, one
swimming and another biking in the pool. These bikes have no
wheels, which allows users to fall back from time to time and
submerge under the water while holding the seat with their hands
and peddling. This is a great method to cool off, says the aquatics
director at the Princeton Club in Madison, Wis.
But while bikes can
often be too pricy for many facilities, more affordable options are
on the market such as resistance gloves, barbells and bars that
attach to the pool that allow for sit-ups and
president/CEO of U.S. Water Fitness Association in Boynton Beach,
Fla., recommends water exercise shoes to protect feet from the
contact on the hard pool floor.
The most affordable
option, and consequently most popular, is the noodle. Aquatic
fitness classes can function with even the most basic of