Aqua Tabata: An Intense Workout That’s Easy on the Joints

People young and senior in water gymnastics physiotherapy with dumbbells

Killer workouts can happen anywhere; especially in the pool. Dawn Haas, an instructor at ProMedica Wildwood Athletic Club, says a particular water workout has become a new favorite with clients: Aqua Tabata.

Thanks to Aqua Tabata, some of Haas’ clients have experienced weight loss, increased endurance and more flexibility. And, the class incorporates the intensity of Tabata with the therapeutic effects of water.

Learn more about this Monday night class with our Q&A with Haas below. You may just be ready to dive in!

ProMedica HealthConnect: What is Tabata?

Haas: Tabata training is one of the most popular forms of high-intensity interval training. Eight rounds of high-intensity exercise are performed in a specific “20 seconds on, 10 seconds off” interval. This method was started in the 1990s by Japanese professor Izumi Tabata. He began using this training to train speed skaters for the Olympics. Studies have shown that a Tabata routine is an extremely effective way to boost metabolism. What makes Tabata unique is that it can be done with any type of cardio. It’s the perfect high-intensity workout for both fitness and weight-loss benefits.

What are the benefits of doing Tabata in the water?

Working out in the water is one of the most therapeutic activities one can enjoy. The water offers added resistance to the workout while making Tabata a little safer to be performed by people of all ages and fitness levels because it’s easy on the joints. Flexibility may also be increased in water as the movement in various directions while adjusting to the push and pull of the water allows for an increased range of motion. The buoyancy of the water also helps reduce impact that is felt during land-based exercise.

What happens during Aqua Tabata?

The moves are very similar to the moves you might see in any water aerobics class. Jogging, jumping jacks, cross country skis, pendulums, hopscotch, frog jumps, mogul jumps, traveling and treading—just to name a few. The moves are sometimes done with weights, noodles and kick boards to enhance the workout. Best of all, there’s music, which makes the class fun. The participants love it and the time flies by so quickly.

Learn more about the group exercise classes, including Aqua Tabata at ProMedica Wildwood Athletic Club.

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