If you’ve ever been a part of a training group or class at a local gym you know how fun it can be! There’s great music to pump you up, awesome instructors that motivate you throughout the workout, and you get a nice sweat out of it. Well, imagine all of those things, but in a pool! Vertical Water Training (VWT) or AquaFit isn’t your typical fitness class. It allows anyone and everyone to get the benefits of most conventional gym fitness classes, but in a low-impact multi-directional resistance training environment.

AquaFit has seen a massive growth in popularity- being taught in multiple countries including South Africa and Australia. Its popularity stems from its many benefits (from low-impact training to rehabilitation) and growth in awareness throughout the health and wellness community.

CALA (The Canadian AquaFitness Leaders Alliance) are the leaders in AquaFitness and they are committed to providing high quality training, certification, and access to current information for its members and others in the active living community. CALA’s Founder, Charlene Kopansky, has helped grow AquaFit’s popularity since 1993 and there’s no signs of her slowing down.

If you’re not too familiar with CALA or Vertical Water Training, we’re here to break it down with the help of Charlene Kopansky. Here are some things you need to know about AquaFit before you try it out for yourself:




What is Vertical Water Training / AquaFit?

Vertical Water Training combines aerobics, high intensity interval training, and resistance training all into a fun and challenging water workout! Aquatic fitness usually has the perception of being for senior citizens or for those who are rehabbing from an injury, but it definitely isn’t the case anymore. More young people are discovering the challenging and fun filled AquaFit exercises!

There are a variety of exercises that VWT offers. From Aqua Yoga to Aqua Kickbox whatever training goal you want to achieve, AquaFit will have the perfect exercise for you! The workouts are fun, challenging, and suitable for all ages and skill levels! The fact that AquaFit is so versatile is one of it’s biggest strengths.


Vertical Water Training & AquaFit Benefits

We’ve mentioned that people love Vertical Water Training and water aerobics for its benefits, but what are they? One of the benefits that VWT participants love is that the training is very effective and low-impact. This makes it a great option for people who have joint issues or muscle ailments.

From young people who are looking for a fun and effective workout to seniors who have arthritis but want to stay active, the workouts are highly versatile and can be customized to the participant’s needs.

Compared to conventional fitness classes, Vertical Water Training workouts allows the body to relax. Water naturally massages the body, alleviates pressure on the joints, enhances blood flow throughout the body, and can decrease your chances of injury during a workout.




Vertical Water Training AquaFit Equipment

Other than the pool itself, Vertical Water Training classes utilize various equipment depending on the type of lesson. For example, Hydroriders are equipment used for an aquatic exercise similar to a spin class at conventional gyms. Floatation Belts help you stay balanced and stable in the water during exercises. Other equipment including noodles, aquatic dumbbells, and paddle gloves are utilized in various exercises to increase resistance and help with mobility.




Vertical Water Training AquaFit Instructor Certifications

Not anyone can teach an an AquaFit lesson. CALA requires Vertical Water Training instructors to complete a certification in order for them to instruct a lesson. This ensures that participants have peace of mind that their instructor not only understands the human body, but is knowledgeable in teaching a lesson thats right for their needs.

The process is straightforward; complete a prerequisite course and then an AquaFit Specialty Certification Course which allows instructors to instruct lessons including: Group Aqua Fitness (GAF), Aqua Yoga, and Hydrorider.

After the completing the courses, instructors can also choose to specialize in two areas: regular fitness programs or the Healing Waters Program. The Healing Waters Program allows instructors to administer aquatic therapy to patients who have suffered an injury or have various joint or muscle ailments.

If you’d like to learn more about Charlene Kopansky and her work along with CALA, click here!




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