The Future is Exercise Referral

By Drummond Education

What is exercise referral?  It is the referral of a patient by a healthcare professional to a facility or exercise professional for the purpose of providing an exercise programme.  Do you want to be one of these people?  If so read on.

With the ever-increasing number of patients suffering from chronic illnesses or musculo-skeletal conditions in the UK, the benefits of exercise in prevention and rehabilitation has become more and more popular.  Exercise has been used as a prescription for management of illness and health since the early 19th Century with the development of physiotherapy units in primary care settings.

As exercise becomes more popular in prevention and rehabilitation, more people are referred by their GP or medical practitioner to exercise as part of their lifestyle change plan.

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Mature Moves – Mobility Matrix

By Steph Toogood

Curious? I hope this title has ignited your curiosity as to how this applies to our students in the water.

The Mature Moves series continues with Mobility Matrix.
Mobility is the ability to move freely and easily.
Matrix is a system in which something grows or develops. In this case, it will be our choreography and progressions that promote movement and functionality of the joints of the aging body.

Aging can bring problems with both joint mobility and full body mobility. Also, postural changes can be an issue with the aging body favoring flexion over extension, resulting in pain and discomfort. This program focuses on orthopedic issues and how a water exercise program can minimize pain and discomfort, and possibly prevent further medical issues and resulting interventions.

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DVD coming soon…….


Hand Buoy ABCs

By Steph Toogood

The hand buoy (foam dumbbell or hand bar) is one of the most popular types of pool equipment. As with any type of equipment, aquatic fitness professionals must address safety concerns before embarking on a choreography challenge such as Hand Buoy ABCs.  Hand Buoy ABCs features a triple training challenge to target Aerobic training, Balance challenges and Core strengthening – the essential ABCs of fitness.  This program uses a single hand buoy for focus, resistance and buoyancy to provide functional training for all populations.  NOTE: The addition of foam equipment alters the muscle action, which is discussed in detail in the article,
Buoyancy Equipment – How it Works, found on page 8.

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Vertical Aqua Core Training

By Mark Grevelding

Core training has long been associated with crunches and sit-ups.  In the studio, the mat has served as the almighty shrine for core worship; and in the pool the noodle has traditionally been the epicenter for core obsession.  Not anymore! UK Aqua Expert, Steph Toogood, shares a pool workout that supports the science behind the current recommendations for vertical core training.

H2O Core Solutions is a program that is suitable for all populations.  Fitness professionals will take away solutions for strengthening the core with simple tweaks to base movements, including jogs, kicks, skis, jacks and rocking horse. Strategies include:

  • Strengthening the upper and lower body musculature
  • Symmetrical movement followed with asymmetrical exercise
  • Static movement blended with dynamic movement
  • Off-Axis movement
  • Varying base of support

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Deep 360

By Steph Toogood

Deep-water exercise has traditionally featured lots of jogging, running, skiing and cycling from one end of the pool to the other. Over the past decade, deep-water formats have evolved to maximize the benefits of gravity-free exercise. The idea of working primarily in vertical position can be restricting and certainly doesn’t encourage playfulness and freedom.

My initial inspiration for this training format was watching dolphins at play; I found myself wishing I could move in the same way. I love being immersed in the water and exploring movement, and it was not difficult to imagine dolphin-like movement with a swimming instructor background. I found that by moving and playing freely in the water with less rigidity, my spine could flex and flow in all directions, literally throughout 360 degrees. Many of the movements are horizontal, tilted, seated, and often asymmetrical. The involvement and engagement of the entire spinal column promotes flowing, soft movement while the limbs regularly alternate between rigid and soft sequential joint actions.

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The Next Wave

AEA’s Arthritis Program

By Julie See, AEA Director of Education

Are you looking to catch the next wave of your aquatic career?  Having been involved in the fitness industry for over 35 years, about 30 with aquatic programming, I have caught a lot of waves that have influenced the direction of my career.

The fitness industry is dynamic; it is ever changing. If you plan to make fitness a long-term goal or a lifelong career, then you must be dynamic as well.  You must be open to new ideas, able to expand your boundaries, and willing to learn from someone else.

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Loaded Movement Training

By Ruth Sova, MS

An emerging trend known as Loaded Movement Training (LMT) is an effective way to help clients develop total-body strength and muscle definition by training all of the muscles together as one system. LMT is movement-based resistance training that combines full-body, task-oriented movement patterns with load.

The Loaded Movement Training originator found that, when his colleagues developed strength and fitness programs for hockey athletes, farm kids had distinct advantages. These young athletes were stronger on the puck, stronger in front of the net when battling their opponents, and stronger in odd body positions. As they worked with young hockey players, the strength differences between farm kids and city kids became so pronounced that they felt compelled to scrutinize what the farm kids were up to.

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Music: How to be a TOP Instructor!

By João Santos, MS

Despite what we may have heard, the connection between music and exercise didn’t start with Jane Fonda’s dance aerobics or the Sony Walkman portable cassette player. There is data confirming that BC, rowers on the Roman galleys utilized a drumbeat to drive the rhythm of the rowing. Part of that was for coordination – they wanted the rowers to row together for maximum efficiency, but part is that people will naturally follow a tempo.

We probably don’t need an exercise scientist to tell us that music makes exercise more enjoyable, but what is its true effect on physical performance? If we pick the proper music track, the music will be like a legal drug for our students. They can reduce perception of effort significantly and increase endurance by as much as 15%.

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