Splashy and Stronger in 2024

Wednesday, December 13 2023

What physical activities do you love to do? Walking, gardening, biking, golf, pickle ball, dancing or others? Join Stephanie Thielen in the pool for the water exercise video, Aquatic Skills, a 40-minute shallow water workout that is designed to help you level up your daily living performance. The low-impact environment of the pool is the perfect place to effectively train health and skill-related fitness components.

Health-related Components of Fitness
All of Poolfit’s workouts train one or more of the health-related components of fitness, which include cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and body composition. Health-related fitness components are directly related to the ability to effectively perform activities of daily living (ADLs). Physical inactivity can lead to poor health that leaves people prone to chronic disease and a diminished quality of life.

Skill-Related Components of Fitness
Skill-related fitness components relate to the skills required to perform a specific physical activity or sport and include power, agility, balance, speed, coordination and reaction time. In order to successfully participate in any kind of sport or activity, competitive or recreational, it is important to train skill related fitness components. For example, to play Pickleball the fitness component of cardiorespiratory endurance is required. But to get good at Pickleball, you need to train the skill-related components of power, agility, speed and reaction time. Watch Stephanie talk more about health and skill related fitness components and Aquatic Skills.

Pool Workout-at-a-Glance
This 40-minute water exercise video features a combination of health and skill components that help you level up your daily living performance. This pool session targets mobility, cardio, strength, balance, agility, core, power and flexibility with eight 5-minute segments.
Skill 1:  Mobility
Joint mobility is a part of the health-related fitness component of flexibility and refers to joint range of motion (ROM). Prepping the joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons with rhythmic movement is an ideal way to start any workout. 
Skill 2: Cardio
Cardiorespiratory endurance is a health-related fitness component that helps you have the stamina to participate in longer duration activities.
Skill 3: Strength
This segment includes movements that help improve the health-related fitness components of muscular endurance and muscular strength.
Skill 4: Balance
Balance is a skill-related component that is required for almost all physical activities and sports. Training balance can also be considered a health-related component because balance skills are required for ADLs and independent living.
Skill 5: Core
Core training pertains to muscular endurance and strength of the core muscles and is important for nearly all physical activities and sports. A strong core also improves posture for optimal health.
Skill 6: Agility
Agility is the capacity to change course, controlling the direction and position of your body while maintaining your momentum. Agility is one of the most common motor skills trained for sports performance.
Skill 7: Power
Power is a combination of speed and muscular force. Athletes are always looking to improve their speed and explosiveness. Plyometric exercises are often used in fitness to train power.
Skill 8: Flexibility
Flexibility refers to the range of motion in a joint or a group of joints, correlated with muscle length. The loss of flexibility is one of the leading cuases of disability and chronic injury. 

As we close out 2023, I hope this video inspires you to level up your health and skill-related fitness level in 2024. Poolfit extends gratitude to Stephanie for sharing her passion and knowledge with subscribers. Check out all of Stephanie’s videos and if you are enjoying Poolfit please consider helping us by leaving a review in the App Store or Play Store. 

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.