Pushing Your Athletic Limits

Sunday, November 18 2018

If you prefer a workout that is more athletic and high-intensity, join Chris LaCour for Xtreme Aqua, a pool workout that includes advanced exercises using noodles, foam dumbbells and the pool wall.

Watch the first minute of the preview video to see Chris in action teaching his classes in NYC and you will fully understand the pressure he is under to deliver some Xtreme aqua action.   The S’WET brand of aquatic exercise was founded by Chris’s wife, Jenni Lynn Patterson-LaCour, and both she and Chris teach water fitness in Manhattan with classes that are sometimes comprised entirely of men.  S’WET participants are always looking for challenging and athletic exercises and Xtreme Aqua is a sampling of some of their favorite exercises.   

The exercises in a S’WET format tend to move seamlessly from one to another and are meant to stay at a medium to high intensity level continuously.  
Caution:  This workout is designed for advanced participants only. 

Segment 1:  Body Work
This segment begins with an aggressive warm-up and then progresses to a series of grounded moves that feature changes in body positioning and powerful movements.  Some of the anchored moves include progressions where both feet leave the pool floor instead of one.  Grounded moves are highly underrated.  Eliminating impact, they can provide a powerful punch when combined with explosive arm and leg patterns. 

Segment 2:  Noodle Work
These aren’t your typical noodle exercises!  This segment includes lots of intense core work where the noodle is positioned behind the back and the body is often suspended. There is also a challenging segment where Chris is standing on the noodle and showing off some of his surfer dude moves. 

Segment 3:  Buoy Work
So you think foam dumbbells are just for chatty aqua ladies?   You obviously haven’t tried water-sit ups with the buoys behind the knees.  This segment also includes lots of upper body exercises and some very challenging core planking moves. 

Segment 4:  Wall Work
The S’WET brand is probably most known for its wicked wall exercises.  Follow them on their Facebook page and you will see video clips of their classes and some crazy wall action.   In this segment, Chris demonstrates a wall circuit that combines four different versions of wall taps (both feet jump and tap the wall) with four different variations of wall push-offs (feet push you backwards away from wall and then you perform an exercise to return to the wall).  The end result is a heart-pounding gauntlet of athletic endeavor. 

Looking for an exercise experience to prove that water workouts can be just as good as the gym for training your entire body?  Xtreme Aqua is proof-positive!  PoolFit extends gratitude to Chris LaCour for sharing his athletic brand of aquatic fitness with video viewers.



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.