Aqua Abs Noodle: AEA CEC Online Video Course

Tuesday, July 02 2019

Big news! Fitmotivation is launching a new online continuing education series. You can now watch aquatic fitness videos and get AEA CECs online.

For the past 12 years I have logged a lot of travel as an AEA Training Specialist and as a continuing education provider. The Fitmotivation Online Academy will now allow me to put education and CEC opportunities online. Aqua Abs Noodle is the first video in this new series.

AEA certified professionals can now watch select choreography/training videos online, read the handout and take a quiz. Upon successful completion of the quiz you will have immediate online access to your AEA CEC form. I am very excited about providing fitness professionals with engaging video instruction at an affordable cost.

Okay, cough it up Mark. What is an affordable cost? Well, for Basic Pro subscribers the cost of the currently posted quiz (Aqua Abs Noodle) is $20.00 for 2.0 AEA CECs. Combine that with the monthly video fee of $14.95 and that means you get to watch ALL of the videos (not just Aqua Abs Noodle) in the Basic plan and earn two CECs for just $34.95. Compare that to the cost of one of my two-hour workshops, worth 2.0 AEA CECs, which is usually advertised between $39.00 and $55.00, depending on AEA and staff discounts.

While nothing can replace the value of attending a live workshop for hands on training, the math definitely supports watching fun videos in your own home, while earning CECs, as an affordable alternative when workshops are not convenient.

The cost of the same quiz for Premium Pro subscribers is $10.00. And so the math once again adds up to $34.95 for the month, but you have access to even MORE videos in the Premium Pro plan.

“But isn’t this a subscription site” you ask? Yes, it is and I hope you like the videos adding every month and want to keep your subscription going.

However, my vision for this website was to first and foremost create a “video channel” where instructors could sign up, get motivated with some videos, print out some choreography notes and get some AEA online education. In this vision, it was very important for me to create a comfortable environment where instructors could sign on for a month or two and then cancel; and then jump in whenever they needed more motivation and/or CECs.

Aqua Abs Noodle was a logical choice for launching the Fitmotivation Academy series. Almost all aquatic fitness professionals use noodles in their classes. Floating on a noodle and performing abdominal exercises is a rite of passage for aqua participants. This video takes a close up look at the muscles involved with abdominal training, the movements required and the problems that arise during this rite of passage.

Most would agree that a fitness professional should be able to identify the purpose behind the movement. The Aqua Abs Noodle video includes a refresher on basic anatomy, reviewing the major muscles involved with abdominal training and the anatomical movements required to recruit these muscles.

In addition to understanding the purpose of the movement, a good instructor should know how to correct form and alignment so that the movement delivers the intended outcome. In an aqua class, things start to go awry once the students start floating on a noodle.

What happens? The Aqua Abs Noodle video identifies three major problems that can go wrong when training abs on a noodle.

  1. Performing hip flexion instead of spinal flexion
  2. Neck discomfort
  3. Incorrect placement of noodle

The Aqua Abs Noodle video features some of my favorite noodle abdominal exercises, basic and advanced. These are my “go to” aqua abs noodle exercises. And of course I found it necessary to stage a Grand Finale at the end of the video - the “Mother of All Ab Routines.”

Subscribe now and you can watch the video, print out the choreography notes, purchase the quiz, download the handout, take the quiz and then print out your CEC form for 2.0 AEA CECs.

How cool is that?

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.