Author(s): Mimi Rodriguez Adami
Aqua Fitness offers cardiovascular, strengthening and stretching workouts that are highly effective, versatile and, above all, pleasurable. More and more popular with everyone from baby boomers to top athletes who want to cross train, it is low impact and uses water resistance to really work the body. Provides all the information you need to make aqua fitness work for you. Full-colour step-by-step photographs of shallow, and deep water programmes, plus exercises designed to enhance performance in sports such as swimming, golf and jogging. Ideal for the pool or the sea and featuring blissful relaxation routines drawn from shiatsu and t'ai chi. Suitable for all ages and levels, from beginners to instructors. (Preceeding text courtesy of www.dk.com)
Mimi Rodriguez Adami founded the Italian Aerobics and Fitness Instructor Association in 1987. Since 2000 Mimi has been teaching aerobics and fitness at the Department of Motor Sciences at Tor Vergata university, Rome. Her passion for aqua fitness makes her a highly sought-after lecturer.
Introduction: what is aquafitness?; what is fitness?; exercise principles; preparing to work out; contraindications to aquafitness. The basic moves: arm positions; kneelift and kick; bounce, jog and hopscotch; side step, jumping jacks and hip-ho jacks; stride, lunge, pendulum and tic-toc; twist, rocking horse and gazelle. Shallow-water combinations: star 1-6; super star; pendulum/jumping jack combination; nefertiti combination. Deep-water combinations: octopus 1-5; jumping jack combination; stride and cross-country ski; one-legged kick and turn; high kick combination. Muscle-toning exercises: upper arm muscles; chest, shoulders and upper back; should and back muscles; abdominals and back muscles - shallow water; abdominals and back muscles - deep water; outer and inner thigh muscles; glutes and hip flexors; quads and hamstrings. Flexibility and relaxation programme: ai chi; watsu. On the beach: using the sand; against the waves; shallow-water exercises; deep-water exercises. Sport-specific exercises: swimming; walking, jogging, striding, cycling; skiing, snowboarding; kickboxing; golf, tennis. Aquafitness programmes.