do floating leg exercises during an underwater spin
class at a physical therapy gym on July 11, 2017 in
Calif. — I love spinning but it doesn’t always love me
I decided to try aqua cyling, an underwater spin class at the
Motion Plus Aquatic & Therapy Center in Lawndale, it was
more about giving my knees a break than getting my heart rate
workout, originally designed as a therapy class for patients,
is described as "a fine line between fitness and
rehab" by instructor Criselda Esguerra, who is also a
physical therapy aid at the center.
is low impact so anyone can do it," says Esguerra.
"And while it is a cycling class, I don’t focus on
spinning alone but upper body, back and core work as well as
breathing and stretching."
takes place in 4 feet of water on about eight bikes that are
attached to the bottom of the therapy pool with suction cups.
against the water inside the heated pool left me feeling
relaxed and sleepy; not exhausted or sore. That might explain
why Esguerra’s most popular classes are in the evening.
"The class is popular with insomniacs," Esguerra
says. Another reason why aqua cycling is growing in
popularity? Simple: It’s fun.
a humble physical therapy office, not a boutique gym. The
class was a mix of women of various ages and sizes and
abilities. Some were recovering from injury; others were
taking the class to balance out other high-intensity workouts.
One woman next to me, devoted to HIT classes, said the class
had improved her flexibility, enabling her to do squats for
the first time in years.
class feels like a restorative version of spinning rather than
SoulCycle underwater. It doesn’t feel like you’re working
out, but you are.
buoyancy of the water makes difficult things easy and easy
things difficult. Crunches, for example, done with your feet
tucked underneath the bike’s handle bars, are a breeze while
simple leg movements are reduced to slow motion.
support of the water feels amazing and helps with flexibility,
especially when it comes to stretching.
great for strengthening and toning because you are doing
cardio but strengthening your muscles at the same time,"
says Esguerra. "A lot of clients have seen major results
in the thigh area."
takes place to music in a 4-feet-deep pool that is heated to
who teaches 15 to 20 classes per week, jumps in and out of the
pool, and on and off the bike. The workout is 45 minutes and
includes band work, traditional stand up spinning in third
position, crunches and stretching. It took me awhile to get my
pedal stroke down in the water, but once I got the hang of it
I could feel myself working my muscles without any joint pain.
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your first class; $30 per regular class. Monthly discounts
available. Free parking behind the studio.
to bring your bathing suit, a towel and a bag to carry your
wet swimsuit after class. There are two bare-bones showers and
a bathroom for changing. Swimming shoes are recommended but