When it comes to aquatics there has been little innovation—it’s either laps or water aerobics, says Rob Glick, senior director of programming and innovation at US-based Life Time Fitness and co-creator of WTRX (Water Xtreme).
A collaboration between Speedo and Life Time Fitness and taught by certified instructors, the classes use newly developed Speedo aquatic training aids, such as the Push Plate, to add resistance in the water and increase the intensity of the workouts.
“We worked with Speedo and came up with an ultimate boot camp that takes place in and out of the pool,” says Glick.
About 75 percent of the class is spent in the pool performing high intensity moves while the rest of the time is spent on deck performing traditional exercises such as push-ups, lunges, and triceps dips.
“High intensity moves done in the water are less stressful on the body, and water classes aid the body in recovery,” he says.