Let's Go to the Olympics!

This is an Aquatic pattern from www.turnstep.com. (pattern 14487)

The Summer Olympics make a great theme for a fun and HARD water fitness class! I've done this routine twice now, and my members loved it.

The class is an hour, so I do an 8-10 minute warm-up, about a 40-45 minute cardio segment, and a 8-10 minute cool-down. You have to have a bit of a sense of creativity for this, so get those creative juices flowing and have fun with it!

Warm-Up

Tell the class to get ready, cause they're going to Athens! Everything they do to get ready for the trip is a warm-up exercise:

Opening Ceremonies - Salute the flags, march in place, pretend to hold a flag and move it through the water in all directions (warms up core). Use country themes - Here come the Hawaiians...hula, There's the Irish...do a jig, And the Russians...straight leg/wide kicks (forget the name of the dance)...you get the drift...

Cardio

Keep moving from one trial to the next by jogging. Some of you may have access to equipment and others many not, so I'll try to give suggestions for the haves and have nots. You don't have to do all of these the first time or even in the same order...these are in alphabetical order:

Cool down

Do the reverse of the Warm-up for the trip home. I added a cocktail on the way home (bi-cep curls) that got alot of giggles. Used the suitcases to sidestretch. Hugged our family when we got home (self-hug). Showed how much love we saw at the Olympics (hands in prayer at center, opening arms outward). Forget the unpacking when you get home - stretch instead (do leg stretches).

I hope you have as much fun as I did with this. Please let me know if you come up with any new ones!

Thanks,
Lisa Dearden



Added by Lisa Dearden at 4:25 PM on Friday, July 30, 2004 EDT. Add to favorites (view favorites)
(Email: ldearden@lp-networks.com)
From: Sandy Hook, Virginia (USA)
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