Use Your Noodle (2)

This is an Aquatic pattern from www.turnstep.com. (pattern 2575)

These are some balance and stabilization exercises that I like to do with my classes. It was a little tough for them at first, learning to balance on the noodles and use their trunks to stabilize. Now, they seem to have mastered these and that leaves me searching for new ways to challenge them.

Alignment is VERY important in these moves. Head, shoulders, hips and feet must stay aligned thoughout these movements. Any misalignment will leave the participants struggling to stay on or send the noodle flying out from under them. Use these moves only with participants that have experience in aquatic exercise or if they are comfortable with the water. Non-swimmers can and have done these, it will take a while for them to build the confidence.

Reverse Squats

Abdominals, laying on the noodle

These are alot of fun and my classes veiw our noodle time as our "play time" at the end of a challenging class. I think it's important to continuously challenge the participants without trying to see how tired I can make them or how much I can wear them out. If they don't enjoy it or feel like it's punishment, they're not coming back. I make my classes fun and motivating. I dislike the idea of "send them home crying" as I've seen from other instructors.

I'd love to hear from anyone with comments or suggestions.


Added by Tina Price at 10:27 AM on Wednesday, May 27, 1998 EDT. Add to favorites (view favorites)
(Email: musictp@showme.missouri.edu)
From: Columbia, Missouri (USA)
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