AquaGym Fitness (AGF) videos are popular on Fitmotivation for subscribers looking for more intense exercise class formats. AGF Workout #12, Rolling Pyramids, led by AGF founder, Stephanie Newberry, doesn’t disappoint. Take it from me, one of the participants in the video, this pool workout is definitely a cardio and muscular endurance challenge.
Like other AGF videos, Rolling Pyramids features a specific timing ratio for the exercises. Timed in ladder-style, each pyramid features three exercises that are performed ascending from 00:15, 00:30 and 00:45, and then descending 00:30 and 00:15. Each pyramid is then added to the following pyramid and three exercises, increasing the duration of each pyramid and the muscular and cardiovascular endurance required.
The three exercises selected for each pyramid are structured for success. They are essentially designed to be performed as a combination by introducing one move, then another, and then combining the two moves together. According to Stephanie, AGF tries to make their classes inclusive to all students by keeping the combinations simple to follow. “It simply is not fair to the new individual who may be just getting into aquatic fitness to make the routine difficult to follow.” Watch Stephanie elaborate on building successful combinations.
Equipment is not required in this workout because the water’s resistance is plenty. However, webbed gloves are recommended if you want to maximize upper body resistance. As always, a flotation belt should be worn when exercising in deep water.
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Fitmotivation extends a big thank you to AquaGym Fitness for 12 stellar pool workouts. Stay tuned...Stephanie and Alexis will be back with the AGF Workout #13 - HIIT It! - in the coming weeks.
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.