Water Fitness Classes
Looking for a way to make new friends and get a workout in? Maybe you haven't exercised in a while and want a safe place to start. We have a solution for you! Our Aquacise classes are a structured adaptive opportunity for all adults. Water provides both balance and resistance for a gentle yet invigorating workout.
Classes are free for members and available to community members at a drop-in rate.
- Salem's classes will begin when the new Salem Y opens in October 2022
- Call 503.873.6456 for the Silver Falls branch class schedule
Two class formats will be offered at the Withnell Family YMCA, class descriptions can be found below.
WATERinMOTION® is the groundbreaking aqua exercise workout that provides a low impact, high-energy challenge for participants of all ages, skill and fitness levels. Jump in and make a splash with this dynamic cardiovascular full body workout. With land equivalent intensity, fantastic sing-along quality music, and passionate instructors, enjoy the pure fun of this 55 minute water extravaganza! Aqua-skeptics will forever become aqua-FANS when they “Catch the Wave”! Each class consists of 10 tracks and one bonus track, which you can view below.
What you can expect in a typical class.
This class opens with large, simple cardio moves to gradually prepare the body and mind for what’s to come.
Gradually increase range of motion and introduce traveling forward and back to enhance cardiovascular challenge in the sagittal plane.
Add lateral travel in this track for movement in the frontal plane, keeping the aerobic effects at an ever increasing pace.
Using the music and quick movements as an accelerator; enjoy the extra challenge of land speed moves in track 4.
Create an inclusive community environment with a fantastic variety of team-building exercises to encourage the group dynamics of this pool party!
Work hard to “float” the body using only your strength and stamina. A low impact activity never left you feeling so high!
Strong upper body toning exercises leave your chest, arms, and back smooth and firm. Watch your posture improve week to week.
Strengthen and firm the lower body to improve muscular strength and endurance without adding impact to the joints and tendons.
Tone and tighten your middle section with exercise you never imagined could do the job so effectively and creatively.
In a beautiful closing to our buoyant workout, drop down a gear to focus on mobility and flexibility in each of the large muscle groups leaving you refreshed and rejuvenated.
Add in our Bonus Track to continue the party and engage your members just a bit longer. They will thank you for it!
What Will WATERinMOTION® Do For Me?
This total body class offers the benefit of a high-energy, calorie-burning workout without the pull that gravity delivers on the body. Experience the cross-training effects that water provides reducing the impact on your joints, specifically, the knees and back.
WATERinMOTION® Platinum is a shallow-water, low-impact aqua exercise experience that offers active aging adults and deconditioned participants a fun workout improving cardiovascular endurance, agility, balance, strength, and flexibility. This customized exercise program provides quarterly-released music, easy-to learn and teach choreography, fantastic marketing and scientifically designed programming and education for this demographic. Our WATERinMOTION® Platinum certified instructors can gently share the pure joy of exercise through this buoyant, heart-healthy program. Each class consists of 8 tracks and one bonus and additional deep water track, which you can view below.
What you can expect in a typical class.
This class opens with large, simple cardio moves to gradually prepare the body and mind for what’s to come. Creative manual dexterity moves also help to lubricate the joints in the wrists, hands, and fingers.
Gradually increase range of motion and introduce traveling forward and back to enhance cardiovascular challenge.
Dynamic balance challenges and directional changes encourage fast twitch muscle fibers.
Get into the swing of things with a fantastic variety of team building exercises to enhance the group dynamics of this water pool party!
This track not only awakens core muscles as the body is asked to anchor down on the bottom of the pool, but also, layers in neuroplasticity challenges for building and strengthening cognitive function.
Movements in this track will help shape and tone the entire body for overall alignment and improved posture.
Tone and tighten your middle section with exercises you never imagined could do the job so effectively and creatively.
In a beautiful closing to our buoyant workout, drop down a gear to focus on mobility and flexibility featuring the large muscle groups leaving you refreshed and rejuvenated.
Lateral Cardio (Bonus Track)
Keep the party rockin’ just a bit longer with this additional cardio track.
Deep Water (Bonus Track)
For those facilities with deep water areas, this track can be added into the workout.
What Will WATERinMOTION® Platinum Do For Me?
This particular format offers the benefit of a healthy and social workout without the pull that gravity plays on the body.
- Retains all the general health benefits of regular exercise: lose weight, improved mobility, heart health, reduced risk of chronic illness, enhanced energy levels, improved posture, increased flexibility, and more!
- Relieves pressure from the spine and joints facilitating exercise for unique populations.
- Reduces impact and creates less soreness than land-based exercise.
- Requires little or no prior experience for participants to feel comfortable and have a great workout experience.
- Focuses on balance and directional changes.
- Incorporates cognitive challenges because as the body ages so does the mind.
- Focuses on fast twitch muscle fibers because as we age those muscle fibers deteriorate at a much faster rate than our slow twitch fibers.
- Focuses on activities of daily living (ADLs) to make the lives of participants easier on a daily basis.