• Laura Chritton

Dear Water Fitness Athletes,

As you all now know, starting in December I will only be offering 1 class/week: Wednesdays - TABAQUA @ 10am.

The reason for this change is that I’m starting a new part-time job and I only have time to offer1 class.

Though I am sad to stop teaching Aqua Fusion & Deep Power, through an informal poll, I have learned from you loyal members that if given a choice of 1 class, you would choose Tabaqua... Tabaqua it is!

It was a challenge to keep you warm for the yoga portion of Aqua Fusion so it makes sense to let that one go, and Deep Power had been struggling for awhile with attendance…

With safety as our #1 priority, and proper alignment as our #2, (can you hear me saying ‘shoulders over hips over knees’, ‘shoulders down and back, tuck them into your back pocket’ ?) let’s continue to work to the maximum level of our abilities, bringing our best selves together in the pool each Wednesday.

That said, you now have a giant bag of water fitness moves to draw on and can gather together

in the pool any day to practice the moves.

I am grateful for our community and all of the intensity, focus, support, kindness, fellowship,

and energy you bring each week!!

Happy Thanksgiving season now and every day.


Laura Chritton

  • Laura Chritton

Updated: Sep 13, 2019

Welcome to my new website and to the start of our 2019-20 water fitness season!

I will be sending emails less frequently than in past seasons - please check my website periodically or sign up for email updates, cancellation notices, my monthly blog and more.

I’m excited to have expanded to 3 classes this year at the Flaherty Pool, each with a unique style – together they offer a diverse array of the most current fitness trends.

Aqua Fusion (Mondays at 10am) starts off with 35 minutes of energizing moves and then transitions into 20 minutes of dynamic (moving) and static (still) poses. I am a life-long land yoga student and became inspired by an aquatic yoga practice I experienced recently at a water fitness convention. Conscious movement with breath is my aim for whatever I teach and practice myself, and so my hope is that by combining the yoga practice to class at the start of the week can get us all into a more self-aware mode as we travel through our week.

On September 21st, I will take a course to get certified in Yogaqua, so I look forward to sharing more with you in class.

Tabaqua (Wednesdays at 10am) brings you 6 high-intensity interval training sets in the form of TABATA, interspersed with stomach muscle (or core) focused segments. Dr. Izumi Tabata, a Japanese physician and researcher, founded this fitness craze.

From Flavia Del Monte, Nutrition, Women's Fitness, Bodybuilding Coach: "Tabata is a high-intensity workout protocol that has fitness and weight-loss benefits. It is also a very short workout. Is it like CrossFit? Is it like circuit training? It is a bit of both. Tabata training is attractive because it saves a lot of time for people. It offers the maximum benefit with the least amount of time used to get those results. Tabata training is attractive because it saves a lot of time for people. It offers the maximum benefit with the least amount of time used to get those results."

As I remind at the start of every class, everyone works to their individual ability or range, stopping or slowing down as needed during class. That said, this class is for all levels, so give it a try!

Deep Power (Thursdays at noon) is lucky enough to have the entire pool to work out in as there is no lap or open-swim going on simultaneously. Everyone wears buoyancy belts around the mid-line, regardless of swimming ability. This makes it possible to keep upright with shoulders aligning over hips and the ability to use your arms and legs for strength and range building without having to use them to stay afloat! The properties of water would have a buoyancy-belted individual falling forward or backward in the upright position in deep water; therefor the core muscles stay engaged throughout class as they work hard to keep the body upright.

Jumping Jacks, Cross-Country Skiing, Bicycling Running and many more exercises are wonderfully freeing to experience in the deep water as there is no impact off of the pool bottom. As a student, I find this class the most challenging in all ways: cardio, flexibility, endurance…Come check it out!

We’ve started off with a splash this week and last. I look forward to working with you all – it’s my pleasure to see you at each class.

** Recruit a friend or family member to join you and I’ll give you ONE FREE CLASS.

Thanks and see you in the pool!

-- Laura

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