Tuesday, July 02 2019

Looking for some advanced hand buoy exercises?  Join Chris Lacour in Single Buoy Challenge, an express (17-minute) video where jacks, tucks, skis, shoot-thrus, moguls, grounded and suspended moves all take on new meaning when they are asymmetrically challenged with the use of a single buoy and some progressive exercise options.

As the saying goes, “sometimes less is more, ” and Chris proves it by working with one buoy instead of the traditional pair.  “I was looking for ways to make my buoy workout more challenging and so I tried all of my regular hand buoy exercises with just a single buoy and I discovered that it was way more challenging on my core,” says Chris.   Among other things, he discovered the asymmetrical challenge of performing base moves, such as cross country skis and jumping jacks in an upright position without leaning to one side.  “I personally loved how seriously difficult these single buoy exercises were and the amount of core stability and strength required quickly became my students’ most anticipated challenge in class.”  In this express video, Chris offers progressions in stability, strength and balance that are geared for more advanced students, but he says there are plenty of stationary exercises that challenge all levels of student, including beginners. 

Speaking of stationary, travel is often used as a progression in aquatic fitness to make an exercise harder, but travel is not used to increase difficulty in these exercises.   All exercises are performed in place.  Instead of traveling, options for increasing intensity include stability challenges, alignment focus, suspended movement and intense core control. 

None of the movements in this video will be unfamiliar to instructors.  Base moves and exercises typically done with a pair of buoys are simply performed instead with one buoy.  “By trying these moves with just a single buoy you will find your balance, stability and overall body control will be challenged much more intensely,” says Chris.  He encourages instructors to play around in the pool and try some of their favorite exercises with a single buoy.  “By exploring the single buoy challenge you will expose yourself to a whole new kind of workout,” promises Chris. 

Single Buoy Challenge, a shorter (17-minute) video is part of the new Fitmotivation Express Video Series designed to minimize viewing time and double content format.  Two shorter videos will take the place of one full-length video. Noodle Favorites with Lori Templeman will be the other Express Video posting this month.

Fitmotivation extends gratitude to Chris LaCour for once again sharing his athletic brand of aquatic fitness with video viewers.   Check out Chris’s recent videos Extreme Aqua, Dude Moves and Pool Power Duo.

Check out other Fitmotivation videos featuring Chris's wife, Jenni Lynn and the S’WET brand – including Noodle Rx, Wicked Wall, Super Circuits 1S’WET Boot Camp, S’WET Deep, S’WET Challenge and Wave Warrior.  Interested in hosting S'WET workshops?  Visit the S'WET website or connect with them on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and Twitter.

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.