KISS Pool Workout

Thursday, May 26 2022

AquaGym Fitness is a back with another fast-paced interval style workout.  Active Recovery Intervals with Stephanie Newberry is a simple but challenging 55-minute pool workout that can be performed in either deep or shallow water.  Applying the KISS Principle to exercise, this water workout is based on the repetition of basic exercises that allows you to apply all-out effort without complicated movement. 

The best way to stay committed to a regular fitness routine is to make sure you vary your exercise activities to suit your mood and your physical condition on any given day.  Some days you don’t want to have to think about what you are doing, you just want to exercise – and exercise hard.  Other days, you may want the distraction of following along with a choreographed routine that engages you and makes the hour fly by.  Learning how to adapt your fitness activities to your daily barometer is referred to as exercising intuitively.  Embracing a more intuitive approach to fitness can increase exercise joy, adherence and results. 

KISS is an acronym that stands for “Keep it simple stupid.”  According to Wikipedia, The KISS Principle was first noted by the U.S. Navy in 1960 and states that most systems work best if they are kept simple rather than made complicated.  The KISS Principle can be perfectly applied to fitness activities.  Active Recovery Intervals is an excellent example of keeping a workout simple so that you can just absorb into an exercise and apply all-out effort without thinking about it. Watch Stephanie talk more about the KISS Principle and Active Recovery Intervals.

Designed to be performed in both deep and shallow water, Active Recovery Intervals is based on a very simple template.  Each interval features a “work” exercise and a “recovery” exercise.   The work exercise is performed for 1 minute at high intensity.  The recovery exercise is performed for 30 seconds at a lower intensity.  The work and recovery exercises are alternated and repeated three times for a total of 4:30 minutes for each interval.  This 55-minute pool workout includes 10 interval segments and a warm-up and cool down. 

Like many Poolfit videos, this workout was designed to be enjoyed in both deep and shallow water.  A flotation belt must be worn if the workout is performed in the deep end.  Dual-depth workouts provide the most versatility because some people only have access to deep water or vice versa.  Additionally, dual-depth workouts provide variety and better results for those with access to both deep and shallow water because the outcome changes when performed in different depths.  Webbed gloves would be an ideal way to add additional upper body resistance.  Likewise, Aqualogix Hi-speed upper body belles and lower body ankle blades would maximize the water’s resistance in this workout. 

Poolfit is a relatively new app and the short 3-month summer season is when we do the most business.  We could really, really use your help. (Yes, that is me begging.)  If you are enjoying the Poolfit workouts, please let others know. Your review  on the App Store (IOS users) or the Play Store (android users) can help sway others to give Poolfit a try. Please also consider visiting our Facebook page and leaving us a review, or following us on Twitter @poolfit or on Instagram.  Poolfit will also have Pinterest and Tik Tok accounts in the next week or so.  (Tis the season!)

Poolfit once again extends a big thank you to Stephanie Newberry and the AquaGym Fitness team for providing subscribers with an outstanding workout.  Check out Stephanie’s other videos on the Poolfit platform.  Stay tuned!  Stephanie will be back later this summer with a video showcasing Aqualogix’s new Swing Trainer.  Watch a fun video of AquaGym Fitness’s last filming production and you will see a sneak peak of the Swing Trainer.


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.