In-Home Low Impact Aerobics

Friday, March 27 2020

Get ready for Prime Time!  This 50-minute in-home/studio workout is geared toward more mature audiences.  30+ minutes of low-impact aerobics is blended with light toning, balance, core, joint mobility and more.  A simple set of cans from the pantry is sufficient for the light toning.  Balance out your water workouts with some in-home fitness on those days you just can’t get in the pool. 

In addition to the Low-Impact Aerobic & Toning Workout, stay tuned for the Total Body Conditioning Workout and the Stability Ball & Tubing Workout posting in the next 7-10 days.  Due to the COVID-19 outbreak we have had to pivot towards more educational and in-home fitness content for our sister site – Fitmotivation – which is intended for aquatic fitness professionals.  Currently, water exercise instructors are out of work as pools are closed.  Keep in mind, there is already a chair workout and a yoga workout posted on PoolFit.   All five of these in-home workouts will be available on PoolFit by April 10.  If your land lubber friends are looking for safe exercise opportunities, please pass on the PoolFit site.  All new subscribers get an automatic FREE 30 days and that can get people through these difficult times of gyms being closed.  And of course, there is no commitment.  They can cancel via their account settings before ever being charged. 

For the past 7 years I have taught at the Sarasota Family YMCA (now called Our Y).  In addition to teaching an aquatic class and a land muscle conditioning class, I also sub the Prime Time class in the studio, which I absolutely love doing.  Subbing this class reconnects me to my earliest years as an instructor.  Crossing over to aquatic fitness 20 years ago, I seldom get opportunities to teach low-impact aerobics in the studio anymore, hence my joy in subbing this class.  The Low-Impact Aerobic & Toning Workout is my go-to routine to use when subbing. 

This 50-minute workout includes 30 minutes of low-impact cardio choreography, a lower body lunge segment, 15-minutes of light toning, balance and core, and finishes with a total body joint tune-up and a final stretch.

Low-Impact Cardio
Group fitness instructors teach low-impact aerobics with a variety of instructional techniques, with many opting for pure patterned instruction using the music’s structure.  My preferred instructional style has always been a blend of add-on and pyramid, which is how I teach in all of my aquatic choreography videos and how I teach in this studio video.  The 30 minutes of low-impact choreography is followed by a lower body lunge segment that is designed to transition the workout from cardio to light toning.

Light Toning, Balance & Core
This 15-minute segment starts with some light toning exercises performed with movement to keep the calories burning and the workout engaging.  Following this toning segment, some stationary balance training is performed in tandem stance.  Finally, this segment concludes with some standing core work. 

Joint Tune-up & Final Stretch
The workout concludes with a joint tune-up and final stretch.   In addition to ending my classes with traditional stretching, I also include 3-5 minutes of joint mobility at every major articulation of the body.  Typically, I perform one Arthritis Foundation exercise for each joint. 

Following at home?  Watch…

Celina Klineshmidt
Who was that dazzling dance diva behind me?  Big thanks to Celina Klineschmidt for her presence and pizazz in this video.   Celina is the wife of Fitmotivation’s & PoolFit videographer, Ron Klineschmidt, founder of Studio KRP, who has filmed all 200+ Fitmotivation videos since the site’s launch in 2014. Celina is a certified group fitness instructor and personal trainer, who teaches LaBlast and Zumba Fitness, among many other things.  Celina has her own online business, Soul Fire Fitness.  You can dance with Celina in your own home with some of her dance fitness videos. 

Allow me to offer sincere thanks to all of you who are continuing your support and subscription to PoolFit.  GOOD NEWS!  An app is almost finished for PoolFit.  It is expected to be released in late April or early May.  This app will allow subscribers to DOWNLOAD videos in the app and take their tablet or phone to the pool and watch or listen to a video without wi-fi.  And stay tuned as four more videos will be posting in the next couple weeks. Tell your friends!

It is my hope to keep producing videos so that Fitmotivation & PoolFit can provide some comfort and a connection to aquatics and fitness during these difficult times. Hopefully this dark cloud will pass by soon and we can all go back to some semblance of normalcy. Stay safe everyone. 


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.