Aqua Ease

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The weather during Hydro-Fit week was perfect pool weather.  Since I’ve been working out more than usual lately I needed to do something about stretching out my muscles which have gotten a little tight.  Instead of the traditional stretch class (which I love by the way), I decided to go with Aqua Ease which is basically a stretch class in the water.

Actually the pool is the perfect place to stretch because the water is so soothing and the buoyancy helps out.  We used the floating noodles to keep us afloat while we stretched out our hamstrings, arms and back.   I often forget how important stretching really is to our bodies.  I find that when I work out a lot my muscles get really tight and I really felt them loosen up over the course of this class.

Craig Stuart is the creator of Hydro-Fit and is at the Ranch during Hydro-Fit Water Weeks.  Aqua ease and the other water classes are still provided every week in addition to Water Week.

Pool Pilates

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Want to feel the burn in your abs?  Then Pool Pilates may be your answer.  I actually found this class to be a better workout for my abs than normal mat pilates (have never done the reformer version of pilates).  The water creates more of a resistance to the movements than just being on land.  Did I mention that it was a really hot day and that the pool felt amazing!!

We started out in the deep end with the floating noodles keeping us afloat.  First we pushed the noodles down into the water keeper our arms straight and then lifting our legs up and then back down.  Not easy!  After doing a bunch reps, my stomach was already sore.  It was a good start to the class and we hadn’t even hit the hard part yet.

We migrated down to the shallow end, our floating noodles in tow along with some floating dumbbells.  The dumbbells were as light as a feather so I was a little confused on how this was going to work.  Well, I soon found out that we weren’t going to lift them, but rather use them to do crunches in the pool.  It’s kind of hard to describe in words and I’m sure we looked a little silly doing it, but what a way to get your abs in shape!

Hydro-Fit Water Week

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hydro-fit, hydro fit, water classes, water aerobics, core workout ab workout, health retreat, health spa

It’s Hydro-Fit Week here at the Ranch and we couldn’t ask for better weather to motivate us to get in the pool.  I was a Hydro-Fit newbie this week in the Deep Water Training class.   I put on my ankle floaters and my web gloves, got in the pool and wondered what the heck was next.

The class was packed, the sun was shining and the water was warm.  Craig started the music and we got going with the warm ups.  Since I used to swim competitively, I thought this would be easy, no problem.  However Hydro-Fit is a totally different beast.  The ankle floaters make it difficult to keep your feet down so you really have to use your core to keep your feet from floating up.  Since my core is not the strongest at the moment, it was a difficult workout in that sense.  At the same time you’re moving your arms around and doing moves like you’re on an elliptical machine and doing under water crunches.  Not easy!  Despite this being a hard class though, it was a super fun time.

Craig Stuart was our instructor and he is also the creator and director of Hydro-Fit.  Actually one of the things I loved most about the class was having Craig as our teacher.  First of all, he is hilarious which great for keeping your mind off of the workout.  At the same time he was very motivating and really pushed us to get a good workout in.  If you have a chance to come to the Ranch during Hydro-Fit Water Week with Craig Stuart, I highly recommend it.

Although this workout is difficult, the class is for all levels.  This was the first time I’ve ever done anything like this and I survived!  Actually I would love to take it again because it’s such a great core workout.  The day after the class, I really felt like my abs were sore.  I’m not much of a fan of doing crunches.  However doing a workout like this is much more appealing to me mainly because you’re getting a full body workout in addition to a focus on your abs.  Plus, it’s great being in the water on a sunny summer day.

You can learn more about Craig and Hydro-Fit at  Rancho La Puerta will be having Craig back the week of September 15th for another round of Hydro-Fit Water Week.