USA Aqua Expert, Jenni Lynn Patterson-LaCour shares a workout she developed for her more advanced, athletic weekend warriors. Quickly transitioning from one move to the next, a series of grounded (strength), cardio and power moves are performed with and without equipment in the recently posted, Water Warrior.
Instructors will learn how to implement ‘strength, cardio, power’ triads into their classes, as well as take way ideas for adding maximal drag resisted exercises with and without equipment. As part of the AquaFit Workout series, water exercise enthusiasts can also exercise along with the video or the audio download.
Fitness professionals must constantly create new routines to keep their students challenged and their classes results-oriented. According to Jenni Lynn, she was inspired to create the Water Warrior workout after receiving feedback from her weekend students that they wanted a more advanced workout. “More than 75% of my students have been with me for several years and they love to get the most out of their workouts,” says Jenni Lynn. The familiarity her students had with her exercise terms and cues allowed her to create a total body workout with quick transitions and explosive exercises. “Once I added the drag equipment on top of that, I started hearing students say they truly felt like a Water Warrior,” she says.
WATER WARRIOR: AT A GLANCE
Warrior Warm-up The warm-up includes a series of moves designed to acclimate the body to the cooler pool temperature and limber up the joints and muscles, preparing them for a Warrior workout.
Warrior Moves: Strength, Cardio & Power The first segment is performed without equipment and introduces the concept of the triads. Each triad includes three exercises: 1) grounded strength 2) cardio/aerobic 3) Power/anaerobic. Each exercise is performed for just 30 seconds, thus moving quickly from one move to the other with no rest in between.
Warrior Moves: Armed & Dangerous
The second segment features drag resisted exercises with the Aqualogix drag bells and fins. In lieu of the Aqualogix equipment, consider substituting webbed gloves for the upper body or just perform the exercises with no equipment at all. Drag resisted exercises become more difficult to perform due to the increased surface area and turbulence created by the equipment. (Note: foam dumbbells are NOT a viable substitute). This segment also includes a fun kickboxing combination. Yay! Jenni Lynn choreographed!
Warrior Stretch Every Water Warior deserves a relaxing cool down and stretch.
In the video, Jenni Lynn mentions that Aqualogix is her favorite equipment. And so inquiring minds wanted to know why?
Fitmotivation: Why is Aqualogix your favorite equipment?
Jenni Lynn: There are all sorts of drag equipment that can be used to make any aquatic workout more intense and maximize the water’s drag, but when I started incorporating the Aqualogix Drag Bells and Fins, my students and myself started seeing amazing results. The 360 degrees of resistance that the bells and fins give the arms and legs really took the workout up to the next level. I love the ‘pistol grip’ handle of the bells and the fact that you can flip the flat side of the bell to face either up, for more resistance of the anterior body, or the flat side down, for more resistance of the posterior body. The ankle fins also add such a great new element for strengthening the legs, and the Velcro makes them super easy to get on and off. Adding this equipment to Water Warrior really take the workout to the next level of aquatic training.
The Aqualogix Resistance Bells and/or Resistance Blades can be purchased directly through the JenniLynnFitness Online Store.
Fitmotivation would like to thank Jenni Lynn for contributing two new videos in 2017. S’WET Challenge was posted last month and two of her videos,S’WET Boot Camp and S’WET Deep were posted in 2015. Jenni Lynn is the founder of Jenni Lynn Fitness and a training specialist for the Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA). As a continuing education provider, Jenni Lynn is well known for her Boot Camp and H.I.I.T. formats, however, she is starting to also showcase more of her stretch, Pilates and balance focused aquatic workshops that several of her NYC classes have enjoyed doing over the past several years. S’WET™ is also in the final stages of becoming an official Certification that will be launched in 2018.
In the meantime, look for Jenni Lynn at AEA weekend events this September in Landisville, PA and in Hicksville, NY. Interested in hosting workshops with Jenni Lynn? Contact her at jennilynnfitness.com.