Tuesday, July 02 2019

Transform the pool into a fountain of youth with Anti-Aging Aqua, a video that features three movement formulas and 21 challenging, functional, low impact water workouts to help clients live long and stay strong.

Australian Aqua Expert, Dom Gili, returns to Fitmotivation with an epic two-part video series dedicated to functional fitness and healthy aging.   Anti-Aging Aqua (Part 1) puts an emphasis on posterior movement to help improve posture and stability by increasing strength in the muscles located on the backside of the body.  Many of the 21 workouts featured in part 1 also challenge brain function and co-ordination with tri-planar ‘mixing & matching’ of the limbs.

Anti-aging aqua has something for everyone.  Aquatic fitness professionals who lead older adult classes or arthritis programs will love the strong low impact/grounded workout options.  Instructors who teach regular classes and high intensity formats will take away creative ideas for developing dynamic lower and upper body movement combinations for fun and functional training. 

Anti-Aging Aqua is the latest video in Fitmotivation’s Healthy Aging video series.  This video series is all about designing movement that helps EVERYONE move and live better.   Earlier this year, I detailed my own efforts at making my choreography more purposeful in the blog,10 Tips for Age Proofing Movement.  If you have not been paying attention, you may want to very soon.   

According to the 2016 report from the Federal Interagency Forum on Age-Related Statistics, the number of people 65 and older in the United States will increase dramatically during the 2014–2030 period. It is estimated that this population will grow from 35 million to 74 million, representing nearly 21 percent of the total U.S. population.   This is huge!   And if you are reading the tea leaves correctly, this will make your job as an aquatic fitness professional very important and very in demand.


Anti-Aging Aqua features 7 segments.  Each segment features a lower body base move and three workouts, each based on a specific training formula.   Instructors will take away 21 workouts that target lower body, upper body, cardio-respiratory endurance, posture, balance, brain function and more.  

7 Lower Body Workouts
Each lower body workout represents a different base move or lower body anatomical movement, such as knee lifts, leg curls, hip extension, side leg lifts and more.  The formula for developing the lower body workouts includes 4 moves performed in the following manner:
1. Alternating legs base move
2. Alternating legs base move variation
3. Isolated (unilateral) version of base move
4. Variation of isolated (unilateral) movement
This lower body formula ensures that the majority of the movement is low impact and grounded, yet powerful and functional.   These lower body workouts can be used in a hi/lo (higher energy) format, but they are especially ideal for senior and joint mobility programming.

7 Upper Body Workouts
The upper body workouts in this video are also based on a formula of four moves.
1. Both arms  – no leg movement
2. Both arms with leg movement
3. One arm – no leg movement
4. One arm – with one leg
The formula for upper body challenges both mind and body, working in multiple planes with bilateral and unilateral movement.  In order to enhance the functionality of the upper body training, the posterior (extension) phase of the movement should be cued strong and in full range of motion.  

7 Dynamic Workouts
The dynamic workout in each of the seven segments is intended to pick up the pace, providing both cardio endurance and thermal warmth.   Brain function, balance and coordination are also trained thanks to the unique formula of limb reduction.  Like the lower body and upper formulas, the dynamic “4,3,2,1” formula also consists of four moves.
4. All four limbs are moving (both arms and both legs)
3. Three limbs are moving  (both legs and one arm)
2. Two limbs are moving (one arm and one leg)
1. One limb is moving (one leg)
These “4,3,2,1” patterns are brilliant combinations to add into any aqua class.

Fitmotivation extends tremendous thanks to Dom for once again sharing his passion and knowledge with Fitmotivation video viewers.   Check out Dom’s other Fitmotivation videos.  Seasoned and newbie instructors provided rave reviews for Dom’s ‘build a class’ tutotorial – So You Think You Can Aqua.   There was so much education in this video that an AEA Online Quiz was created for the video and handout.  You can follow Dom at his website, Aqua Fitness Online, and through his Facebook page.

Check out these other Fitmotivation videos related to Healthy Aging?

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Mature Moves

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Stretch Fusion 2


ShaDeep Seniors

Author: Mark Grevelding is the founder of Fitmotivation. He is also a training specialist and consultant with the Aquatic Exercise Association’s (AEA). Mark has been active in the fitness industry for 22 years as a group fitness instructor, personal trainer, international presenter and a continuing education provider for AEA, AFAA & ACE.