Superhero Transformation, Part 7: Extreme Power

October 10, 2012 by Kendra

It’s clear at this point how much I love being in the water, so it was only natural for me to eventually try out a water aerobics class.  I was hesitant at first, because from the classes I had observed, it didn’t appear to be much of a challenge, but I reminded myself that superheroes don’t say no, and I suited up to try Extreme Power.

I was surprised by how intense of a workout it was!  Superheroes: don’t be fooled into thinking this class isn’t for you.  It’s fast-paced and heart-pounding, and a great aerobic workout, all while the water keeps you cool.  When I started out the class in the shallow end, I felt a lot of impact on my knees, so I moved into the deeper end of the program pool, thinking that I’d get more resistance with my movements and less impact.  This was true, but it also slowed me down and I couldn’t keep up the pace, so I found a happy medium in the center of the pool and reminded myself that the water wasn’t going to completely absorb the shock of my rebounding, and that I had to work a little harder.  Once I got my head on straight with that, I was in business.

Carol, our instructor, was fabulous at reminding us to keep working harder, and I’m glad she did.  When you start getting tired during with water exercise, it’s hard to resist the temptation to just float, or at least ease up a bit, thinking that no one can see your movements underwater anyway.  Trust me; you cannot fool Carol!  She sees right through it, but she will look you square in the eye, flash you a big smile, and give you the encouragement you need to keep going.  This was a really fun cardio class, and I’ll definitely be back.