Benefits of Aquastrength

Aquastrength combines the most dynamic functional programs with our unique resistance equipment to improve your overall health and fitness.

Our range of programs written by Dr Rick McAvoy offer a comprehensive way of hitting all major body parts and muscle groups in one workout - making it the perfect, highly efficient workout for all ages and abilities.

Whether you want to maintain or improve your physical wellbeing, Aquastrength can help. Aquastrength exercises will train your muscles to work together, improving your overall functional fitness.

Low Impact

Exercising in the water significantly reduces the stress on your joints, bones, and muscles because of waters unloading property of buoyancy. This is a very safe and effective way to exercise and allows people with injuries to start exercising much sooner with less discomfort. People who are overweight, have arthritis or just want to cross train to reduce the pounding of land based exercise the water is the place to turn.

Faster Progress

Exercise can often be performed in the water even when it may be too soon or too difficult to do in the gym. Staying stable in the water challenges your core and balance, and sports specific activities can begin much earlier than it can on land.

Greater Flexibility, Posture & Balance

Providing assistance for upper and lower body, motions buoyancy is able to help enhance flexibility of tight and imbalanced muscle groups. This allows improved range of motion with less discomfort than if attempted on land. Water reduces the effects of both gravity and momentum, by reducing these compressive forces as well as slowing our bodies’ movements; people have improved feedback which will improve posture, coordination and balance..

Increased Strength & Muscle Balance

Achieve more balanced muscle strength because of the ability to work two opposing muscle groups with each rep by the resistance provided from the water during both the lengthening and shortening phase of the muscle. The Aquastrength upper and lower body resistive equipment helps to enhance dynamic flexibility and strength simultaneously. The water provides resistance in multiple directions, which helps build balanced muscle strength and reduce the risk of injury.

Weight Loss

Increase your exercise workload and burn more calories. It takes more energy to push your body through water than through the air because of the resistance that the water provides. It is estimated that the average thirty minute pool workout burns approximately 300 calories. Incorporating the Aquastrength equipment assists in this calorie burning process.

Improved Cardiovascular Endurance

Adding the Aquastrength equipment to the arms and legs while exercising in chest deep water significantly increases the energy cost of the workout. This may equal or even exceed matched exercise performed on land. Jogging and running in waist-deep water results in equal or even greater cardiovascular responses compared to similar exercise on land. The hydrostatic pressure of the water increases breathing frequency and cost of breathing during exercise which leads to the respiratory muscles getting stronger.

Build Strong Bones

There is a common misconception that water cannot help people build bone density, however that is not at all true. The waters resistance places a demand on the musculoskeletal system which causes an increased load on the bones resulting in them becoming stronger and denser. In addition to the waters resistance, gentle plyometric type exercises can be performed in the water to increase the added stress to improve bone strength.

Cross-Training

When training on land, muscles require rest time in order to repair themselves. If weight training, on off days, those that exercise are urged to use other muscles or simply take the day off. Due to the buoyancy of the water, and the lack of impact that joints and muscles receive, exercisers should cross train with pool workouts on off days. Pool workouts are the alternative to losing out on a day’s worth of exercise time, as they allow for active recovery and improved flexibility. Active training can help build muscle quicker while continued conditioning occurs.

Active Recovery

Research shows that light-intensity aquatic exercise with minimal impact stress or weight bearing, combined with the hydrostatic pressure of the water, may have enhanced recovery on muscle soreness after training.

Psychological Wellbeing

Like any regular exercise, pool workouts are great stress relievers. The exercise stimulates the brain to release chemicals that make the body feel good. When performing aquatic exercises, the movement of water against and over the body results in both massage and relaxation. This calming effect can decrease, or eliminate the pain resulting from a workout. The waters hydrostatic pressure helps to provide pain and stress relief by providing sensory stimulation throughout the entire body. Our bodies are made up of about 65% water so it’s no wonder why some feel such a draw to the water.