Holiday Water Fitness Challenge

Monday, November 29 2021

AquaGym Fitness™ is back with a brilliant workout that packs a powerful holiday punch.  The 12 water exercises in this routine are added on with progressive repetitions that follow the structure of the song, The 12 Days of Christmas.  Whether you perform this pool workout in deep or shallow water, in December or July, get ready to enjoy 50-minutes of fun and challenging cardio.  

The 12 Moves of Fitness has become a tradition in AquaGym Fitness classes.  “Our clients know they will see this workout in the month of December, and more than once,” says AquaGym Fitness Founder, Stephanie Newberry.  According to Stephanie, class members often groan when this template is announced because they know they are going to work hard.  Watch Stephanie talk more about the 12 Moves of Fitness.

Repetitions Vs Timed intervals
Unlike other AquaGym Fitness videos, this workout is based on repetitions rather than timed intervals.  The first move of fitness is performed for one minute and that is the only exercise that is timed.  After the first move, all other eleven exercises are performed for the amount of repetitions that correspond to their order.  For example, the third move is performed for three repetitions.  The ninth move is performed for nine repetitions.  It doesn’t sound like much, but the twist here is that ALL of the preceding exercises and repetitions accumulate as the routine progresses, just like the Christmas presents accumulate in the popular Xmas song.   

Class Considerations
Repetition based workouts are performed at a pace that is suitable for the fitness level of the participant. In a class setting, members will be completing each set of exercises at varying times. This means the instructor has to constantly cue the line-up of moves for those working at different paces, especially as the exercises start accumulating.  Class participants should be encouraged to compete with themselves and not others in the pool.  However, in a group setting it is common for participants to put in more effort if they see their peers working hard.  This isn’t a BAD thing.  Instructors just need to constantly remind participants to work at their own fitness level. 

Dual Depth
According to the summer Poolfit survey, the majority of responses indicated that dual-depth was preferred over deep or shallow.  Dual Depth simply means that the workout was designed so that it could be performed in either depth.  Subscribers apparently like having this option.  If you have access to both deep and shallow water, I would recommend trying the workout in both depths.  Doing so will provide you with different results and more variety.  As always, a flotation belt should be worn in deep water. 

Christmas Music?
Holiday music was purposely not used in this workout because Poolfit subscribers can do this workout at any time of the year.  Likewise, Fitmotivation subscribers can teach this workout at any time of the year.  Everyone loves a high intensity cardio workout that is fun and challenging.  This class definitely meets that criterion. 

Heading into the month of December, the 12 Moves of Fitness is the perfect workout to keep you motivated during the challenges of the holiday season.  Even better, you can keep this workout in your Favorites and go back to it all year long.  If you like this workout, let us know by posting a comment below the blog or video.  You can also engage with us by visiting our Facebook page, or following us on Twitter @poolfit or on Instagram.  Or leave us a review on the App Store (IOS users) or the Play Store. Reviews from happy customers are the BEST form of advertising for a business. 


Author: Mark Grevelding is the founder of Fitmotivation. He is also a training specialist and consultant with the Aquatic Exercise Association’s (AEA). Mark has been active in the fitness industry for 22 years as a group fitness instructor, personal trainer, international presenter and a continuing education provider for AEA, AFAA & ACE.