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Tethered aquafit now part of WMC offerings

The Woolwich Memorial Centre is hosting a new type of fitness class this season, one which might challenge even the strongest swimmers. Tethered aquafit is a specialty class designed for those looking for a hardcore workout in the water. Participants challenge themselves each class by trying to resist the pull of the water.

“It’s not about how well you can swim,” explained instructor Taylor Lavigne of the class. “Anyone can do it as long as they feel comfortable in the water, but it is a good workout.

Taylor Lavigne, who will lead the tethered aquafit classes in Elmira, says swimming ability isn't an overly important factor in taking part in the exercise.
Taylor Lavigne, who will lead the tethered aquafit classes in Elmira, says swimming ability isn't an overly important factor in taking part in the exercise.

The class is similar to the regular aquafit classes, but now particpants are attached with a bungee cord to the lane rope, creating that extra pull of resistance. Participants do exercises such as running in the water, jumping jacks and other forms of cardiovascular exercise.

“One of the best things about it is that it’s low impact,” said Lavigne. “Because you’re in the water, it’s not tough on joints but it really gets your muscles working.”

Lavigne was certified to teach tethered aquafit two years ago and also teaches in Waterloo; this will be the first time the class has been made available to residents of Woolwich Township. Teaching the class from the pool deck, Lavigne will lead the group through a series of exercises, pulls and stretches during the half-hour class.

“Some people call me the drill sergeant,” she said with a laugh. “But I just like to motivate people to keep moving. I want people to come prepared to work hard.”

And bring a water bottle.

“People don’t often think about needing water in the pool but it’s good to have during a workout.”

Those interested in joining the class can register at the Woolwich Memorial Centre. For those not quite so sure, there is a free trial class happening May 27 at 12:30 p.m.

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