Tuesday, July 02 2019

The above video preview is for Hydro Electric Deep, which posted on 5/24/16

Deep water aficionados are going to love the latest Fitmotivation Fitness Friend’s video, which features Australian aqua expert, Dominic Gili, and a revised version of his top-selling deep water video – Hydro Electric.  Hydro Electric was just posted as a Premium Video on the Fitmotivation channel.

Aquatic fitness professionals will enjoy the variations and intensity options for the cardio exercises, as well as the creative use of hand buoys and noodles in the strength and stability segments.   Aqua enthusiasts and new instructors will also love the education and training tips that Dominic provides in this informative 60-minute video.

Hydro Electric Deep is essentially broken into 4 segments.

Warm-up:  Dominic provides an extended selection of deep water warm-up activities in this segment with a variety of base moves and arm variations
Cardio Workout:  This segment features base moves with endless variations and teaching tips for progressing intensity with changes in arms, legs, tempo and travel.

Strength Workout:  Hand buoys (foam dumbbells) are used in this segment which features upper body and core exercises with hand held buoyant resistance.  There is also a segment where the hand buoys are placed behind the knees for a lower body and core challenge.
Stability Workout:  The noodle is used in various positions for the stability workout.   There is a portion involving standing on the noodle and traveling with various arm patterns as well as performing vertical tucks.  The noodle is then held in front for a combination of prone tucks with various leg positions.   The noodle is also held behind the body and it is positioned lengthwise for additional core and upper body challenges. 

NOTE:  Standing on noodle – with or without belt? Inquiring minds may notice that during the standing noodle segment, Dominic is not wearing a belt, yet he wears a flotation belt at all other times.  When asked why, he provided three reasons.

1. The density/buoyancy of the noodle, the belt and and a person’s own buoyancy can all combine to lift them too high in the water when standing on the noodle.

2. Standing on a Noodle - without a belt - lowers the Center of Buoyancy (COB) to create a unique challenge for clients to align COB with Center of Gravity (COG). Wearing a belt can reduce the destabilizing effects and lesson the challenge

3. Feedback from my clients is that working on the noodle without the belt also allows them to process and reference their stability training in the water as they do on land, therefore finding the experience far more functional


1. Alignment and posture cues from head to toe are paramount from the start of each exercise so that participants are aware that the power and stability all start from their midsection

2. The importance of an instructor to monitor clients and be able communicate effectively to help clients perform exercises successfully

3. The benefits of offering variety to deep water workouts in the form of changes in body surface area, tempo, elevation and the use of equipment

4. The importance of sharing the functional benefits and purpose of the workout, including the targeted muscles and any contraindications involved

 Dominic Gili is the founder of AquaFitnessOnline, an educational resource for aquatic fitness professionals.  He is a well-known fitness educator and presenter in Australia and was awarded Australian Fitness Network’s “Author of the Year” in 2012. Dom has more videos available as downloads at AquaFitnessOnline.

 On behalf of Fitmotivation, I would like to like to thank Dominic for his time and efforts in revising and redoing his Hydro Electric video for Fitmotivation subscribers.  There have been many subscriber requests for more deep water ideas and I just knew that Dom and the extensive education and training he provides in this video was the perfect fit.  Dominic and I both look forward to future collaborations between Fitmotivation and AquaFitnessOnline.  


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.