Water Workouts to Go: Simple, Effective, FUN

Water Workouts to Go: Simple, Effective, FUN

A Special Offer from WECOACH Water Workouts to Go are simple, effective and seriously fun to do!  Since 2006 I’ve provided my personal training clients a printed copy of their personal pool program. This home exercise program was known as their “SMART CARD” – a Specific, Measureable, Attainable, and Realistic Training program. The workouts included photos and detailed descriptions of each exercise. Over the last year, the exercise tool formerly known as the SMART CARD underwent testing by fitness professionals and water exercise enthusiasts. Recommendations were given and upgrades were made.  The result – Water Workouts to Go! Workouts are emailed as PDF files for immediate use.  And there’s more!  Additional bonus features include: Before going to the pool, watch a video demonstration of me doing the exercises in the pool. Plus I’ll also send you additional tips to help you get the most out of your workouts! Water Workouts to Go are Simple to Follow Each workout includes a warm-up, conditioning and warm-down phase. The conditioning phase can be modified in length allowing you the flexibility of a 30-60 minute format. You’ll find a couple of common threads in every workout. WECOACH workout rules of engagement – move in 6 directions and use 7 different foot positions for better results.   Get the Results you Deserve Water Workouts to Go targets all components of fitness. Stretch Fusion helps improve whole body flexibility, core stability and balance. In Ski Intervals you’ll experience exercises to improve lower body strength and cardiovascular health. And Core Circuit builds core strength and endurance while improving posture and flexibility. Flexibility, cardio, strength – these workouts have it all. What... read more
COREssentials for Water Exercise

COREssentials for Water Exercise

A Change in Perspective Awaits You Check out this photo? Do you see a 9 or a 6? What you see depends on where you are sitting in relation to the picture. The person sitting towards the viewer sees a 9 while the person facing away sees a 6. Elizabeth Banks, a Gray Institute Fellow of Applied Functional Science, explains: “Changing our perception can provide a very different outcome to the same experience”. It was August 2014.  And a change of perspective, plus two years of compiling all of my experiences that led me launch my new educational course, COREssentials for Water Exercise.  In my last blog post, I wrote about my path of discovery; years of purposeful events led me to develop a new way of thinking about exercise. Simple Ideas, Big Results! In putting together COREssentials for Water Exercise, my vision was to teach others simple and effective ways to rethink aquatic exercise and expand the benefits of their current exercise programs. Janet Nugent, a course attendee and AEA certified instructor, shared her experiences with me: What types of programming do you teach in which you were able to incorporate material from the COREssentials program? Janet:  I use WECOACH principles in all of my aquatic and land group exercise classes, as well as with my personal training clients. How has this course impacted the way you lead these fitness programs? Janet:  It makes all of my classes easy to plan. Whether I’m teaching Water Stride, Aqua Energy or integrating (the exercises) into my land based Silver Sneakers® classes, I never run out of ideas. What is the most useful concept learned? Janet:  The... read more
Grow Your Passion and Aquatics Career

Grow Your Passion and Aquatics Career

Grow Your Aquatics Career If you have ever felt stuck in the same teaching routine or perhaps lacking in enthusiasm, you are not alone. My aquatics career, like many, has been a journey. In retrospect, I can see how many of my opportunities led me here: Our community pool – as kids, my sister and I were known as the ‘water babies’ A summer job – it was natural to land my first part time job as a lifeguard and swim instructor Florida family vacations – led me to a work-live opportunity as a lifeguard at Disney water parks McMaster University – I found myself volunteering with stroke patients in the pool Attending Canfitpro – meeting Julie See, president of the Aquatic Exercise Association turned out to be a springboard for my many roles with AEA including: Training Specialist, Special Projects Manager and continuing education provider. I was following my passion for water. But after 25 years in my aquatics career, I became doubtful of my chosen path, I found myself searching for something new. Then it happened. At the time I wasn’t familiar with Gary Gray or his teachings, but I found myself enrolling in the Gray Institute fellowship program because it “felt right” – I had this gut feeling it was something I needed to do. I now consider my time at The Gray Institute as another important point in my journey. The Missing Link in Aquatic Exercise The Gray Institute helped me to see the thing missing in the aquatic industry was 3-dimensional movement. In fitness certifications we learn that the body moves in 3 planes and that... read more
Move in 6 Directions for Better Exercise Results

Move in 6 Directions for Better Exercise Results

Why Move in 6 Directions? In 2011, I entered the Gray Institute fellowship program. I thought I was going to enhance my understanding of anatomy and biomechanics. And yes I did become more familiar with muscles and movement, but more importantly the Gray Institute connected everything I already knew and inspired me to learn more. As a traditionally trained fitness professional, I now understood that my claim to teaching tri-planar movement fell short. I was forced out of my black and white comfort zone into a grey area I was totally uncomfortable with. Fortunately, the faculty has a special gift of conveying difficult concepts in a way that are actionable. The secret? Always being able to answer why. Now equipped with a new way of thinking, I realized that if I was going to teach others, I needed to find a simple way of sharing information that was still very complex in my mind. I needed to explain the why. With that the foundation of WECOACH was born. Simply, if I can teach people only one thing about exercise it would be that each joint needs movement in 6 directions. It helps get to the source of pain and weakness, solving problems, and preventing injury in a huge way! The Power of Why If you have been following my blog or perhaps using a WECOACH DVD or audio workout, you’ve heard me talk about moving the body in 6 directions.  Here’s why! Every joint in the body moves in 3 planes. Let’s take the shoulder as an example. Feel each plane of motion as you swing the arm: Front... read more
Holding the Pool Wall is not Just for Beginners

Holding the Pool Wall is not Just for Beginners

Holding the pool wall might not be known for advancing an exercise, but it should!  Did you know that stability enhances mobility and with greater stability isolated muscle strengthening is possible? Think about a time when you’ve been nervous or scared. What does the body do? Shoulders rounded, muscles tense and perhaps the body is a little slow to move. These protective tendencies are also instinctive during exercise. If you have joint pain, or you’re trying an exercise for the first time, it’s natural for the body to select a position and movement that feels safe. Even for experienced exercisers, you’ll notice things like: securing better balance by widening the base of support, crouching down or rounding the body. Furthermore, the muscles may tense, range of motion reduce and perhaps the joints start moving in tandem rather than independently. Are you quick to get students away from the pool wall? I know I was. Not wanting my students to rely on the pool wall, I encouraged free standing exercises. Humbled by the intelligence of the body, I learned the value of stability and the benefits to all fitness levels. Not only could the pool wall be used to help relax and build confidence but also to improve mobility and stability. With this lesson learned, I had my fit college students seeking better athletic performance and seniors looking to improve balance, both using the wall to get better results. Enhancing Mobility When the body senses greater security, it feels confident to move in a greater range. Feel it for yourself. In the pool, or on land, try a single leg balance reach.... read more