Wednesday 2 December, 2020

Jo’s Aqua Fitness introduces aqua fitness to Saint Lucians

Terry and Jo

Terry and Jo

Ever heard of aqua fitness?

No, it’s not exercising for the elderly as you might be thinking, it is a great, fun way to mix up a traditional gym workout with the wondrous benefits of water.

Jo’s Aqua Fitness, officially launching on Saturday, November 14, 2020, will be introducing non-traditional water- based workout classes that builds cardio, strength, and resistance all while being easy on the joints and so exciting that one wouldn’t consider it to be a workout.

The idea of establishing aqua fitness classes came about when founder, Johanne Charlemagne developed an injury after she returned to Saint Lucia during the pandemic.

The fitness enthusiast wanted to remain active during the lockdown so she took on the hobby of walking and after some time, experienced pain in her knees.

While her doctor banned her from walking or hiking, suggested that she take up aqua fitness which would not only help with the injury, but feed her insatiable urge to exercise.

She ultimately decided that aqua fitness should be a movement and contacted long-time friend Terry Jn Baptiste who is a fitness, aqua aerobic and scuba rescue expert to assist her in making her idea come to life.

Aqua fitness is for everyone, young and old.

You do not need to be a swimmer to be part of this extraordinary workout.

It is particularly beneficial to persons suffering from chronic illnesses such as arthritis, recovering from injury, or pregnant.

In addition, it is relaxing and leads to the release of endorphins, the pleasure hormone.

After a few minutes of exercise, you feel naturally good.

“We’re targeting the medical field, anyone who is like me trying to nurse an injury whether it be your knee, your back.

We’re also targeting people who would like to lose from exercising but they are not that physically fit in terms of walking on the road or going to the gym because the water actually is aquatic therapy.

It is for arthritis, any injuries, osteoporosis.

It actually is for any age and working with the resistance of the water, it eliminates shock if you’re jumping, it’s a lower impact activity and there is no threat of falling or injury when you’re in the water.”

Early morning classes will be available from 6 am to 7 am at The Landings waterfront and afternoon classes at Vigie beach from 5 pm to 6 pm.

Sessions will also be available at Pigeon Island and The Ramp.

The membership fee is $25 and the monthly fee is $100 which includes three sessions weekly.

Walk-ins are welcome.

Jo’s Aqua Fitness also offers personal one on one classes for individuals who have specialized needs and if you can’t swim, lifeguard Terry will be available to assist with swimming lessons.

Jo’s Aqua Fitness in encouraging everyone to support the new venture and come be part of the excitement.

To register call 1-758-518-0711 or 1-758-712-9732, follow them on Instagram @aquafitness_911 for updates or email dolphee22@gmail.com for more information. COVID-19 protocols will be in full effect.

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