The Hydro Burn class format was designed to target muscle groups bilaterally and unilaterally to help correct muscle imbalances and improve overall strength. The format includes pool wall inspired exercises, but you do not have to move your class to the the pool wall. The exercises can be performed simply by imagining a wall in front of you. Instructors will enjoy taking away challenging, creative and effective hand buoy exercises.
Hydro Burn Class Format
This 45-50 minute class format features four working segments and a warm-up and cool down. Two of the working segments are performed without equipment and as mentioned above can either be performed at the pool wall or with an imaginary pool wall. These “wall’ segments feature challenging core sequences and your class members will feel the burn. The other two working segments feature the use of hand buoys. One segment utilizes a pair of foam dumbbells and the other segment utilizes a single buoy. These buoy segments include several sequences of exercises. The sequences feature a unique structure that includes a grounded, bounded and suspended variation of each buoy move. Having produced over 300 water fitness videos, I can honestly say that these are some of the most creative hand buoy exercises I have seen. Watch Jenni Lynn talk more about Hydro Burn and the use of hand buoys.
Hand Buoy Safety
Foam dumbbells are popular in aquatic fitness classes, but as Jenni Lynn mentions above, there are considerations when using them. Choosing the correct buoy size is crucial. Sadly, most pool fitness facilities have hand buoys that are too big for their class members. Light on land, they become unmanageable when submerged. When buoys are too large and dense it becomes impossible to exercise with good form. Improper form while exercising with the buoys can result in acute and chronic injury, particularly in the shoulder. Excessively gripping the hand buoys can also be an issue. Hand buoys should never be used in a class for long periods without providing hand breaks. In the Hydro Burn workout, the hand buoy segments are separated so that the hands get an extended break from gripping. Prolonged gripping of the buoys can cause discomfort, pain and even elevated blood pressure. Pool depth is another consideration when using buoys, especially in this format. Holding on to the buoys will make you more buoyant and so you will want to remind your class members to avoid getting too deep in the shallow end. If they are too buoyant it will make it difficult to exercise with good form. Another consideration regarding depth in this format is that each buoy exercise has a suspended variation. Therefore, your class members will want to be deep enough in shallow water to perform the suspended moves efficiently. Watch Mark talk more about hand buoy safety in this extended video tutorial below
Related Hand Buoy Videos
If you enjoy using hand buoys in your aqua fitness classes, Jenni Lynn’s husband Chris recently appeared in the video Drag & Buoy, which also includes some very innovative and effective hand buoy exercises. If you combine the buoy segments from Chris's video with Jenni Lynn's new video you will end up with one awesome hand buoy class. Below are some other videos that are recommended.
Foam Dumbbell Workout
As always, Fitmotivation once again thanks Jenni Lynn for her passion and expertise and for sharing her content with subscribers. Check out Jenni Lynn’s other videos. And if you are interested in learning more about the S'WET instructor training program, see below.
In her own words, Jenni Lynn describes the S’WET program below:
The S’WET™ Instructor Training is a full day of intensive education and practical learning designed to revamp and reinvigorate your aquatic fitness teaching skills. The 8-hour day includes interactive lectures, demonstrations, group exercises and in-pool workouts that will arm you with the ability to incorporate the S’WET™ philosophy and formula for success into your current programming, as well as certify you to teach the in-demand branded workouts we offer at your facility. In addition to increasing awareness and attracting new demographics to your pool, current S'WET squad instructors are having great success with their classes and finding wait lists to get in. You can see more feedback on our S'WET™ Facebook Page and S'WET™ Instagram Page. S'WET™ has one mission: To change the perception of Aquatic Fitness. If you have any questions about the S’WET™ Instructor Training, please email Jenni Lynn @ email@example.com or check us out online.
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.