Record-breaking plunge

Aqua Wellness World hosted the two largest AquaCycling classes EVER in the US on March 13, 2016. More than 60 participants came to pedal in the pool with Maryline & raise funds for the American Heart Association.

It was a great day for Wear Red to AquaCycle!

A New Spin On Spin Class—Aqua Cycling

We were skeptical when we first heard about aqua cycling. Spin class in the pool? Really? Why? (It didn’t help that it was January and we would have to wear bathing suits.) But curiosity about the new fitness trend—which originated in Europe and has just come to the US, and to Westchester—won out, and we gave it a shot. Seated on specialized aqua bikes in the pool, we pedaled and pushed against the natural resistance of the water for two heart-pumping one-hour workouts. We took the plunge at the two Westchester spots currently offering aqua cycling. Here’s what we found:

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Aqua Wellness World at The Carver Center, Port Chester
Classes are currently offered on Thursdays and Saturdays. First class is $35; single class: $40; 10-, 20-, and 30-class packs: $290, $540, $750.

Read the full article on westchestermagazine.com

Take the plunge and try AquaCycle

Originally a rehabilitative exercise for physical therapy, Aquacycling is now a high-energy group class, done on sleek, custom-made Italian bikes that use suction cups to stay put on the pool floor.

On a Wednesday morning, exercise instructor Maryline Bouhier is leading a class of 15 people through an exhaustive pace.

Bouhier, pedaling furiously on an exercise bike while some techno-pop plays in the background, exorts her charges to breathe, pedal faster and engage their core.

But this is not your typical class. Bouhier is leading an AquaCycle Class at Port Chester’s Carver Center.

Bouhier and her husband, Laurent are the founders of Aqua Wellness World which offers a weekly schedule of AquaCycle classes. Originally a rehabilitative exercise for physical therapy, Aquacycling is now a high-energy group class, done on sleek, custom-made Italian bikes that use suction cups to stay put on the pool floor.

Read the articleon lohud.com by Karen Croke

What to Expect in Your Aqua Cycling Class

At Aqua Wellness World, we see new faces in our classes on a daily basis. Sometimes these new faces turn into longtime aquacycling addicts who eventually purchase their own aqua bikes! For this reason we decided to make the focus of this weeks post about the class. The beauty of each machine at Aqua Wellness World is that it can always be used as a full body workout, but today we’ll talk about the benefits of the Aqua Bike Pro.

Using a stationary bike is very advantageous, especially when it’s underwater creating greater resistance. The bike can either be used for strictly cardio with minimal resistance, or for building stronger muscle by adding heavy resistance. This increases intensity on the muscles and burns more calories. To maximize your workout, make sure you are upright on the bike in order to truly engage the muscles as you push and pull on the pedals using your weight.

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In the class

Step 1: Warm up

As you are seated begin pedaling forward with your back straight. The resistance of your aqua bike should be at Level 2 (low-medium). At this time you will also be wearing your Aqua Kickboxing Gloves. Making sure arms are down and close to the body, start creating circular motions with your arms underwater. Your upper body should be steady as you begin to feel the muscles in your arms and legs warming up. Make inward circles with your arms for 30 seconds, then outward circles for 30 seconds.

Step 2: Recuperation

Continue keeping your back straight and your aqua bike at Level 2 resistance. Now begin pedaling in reverse. Your Aqua Kickboxing Gloves will stay on as you start rotating your torso from left to right. Arms are gently bent at this time as you alternate them to continue making wide circles underwater. Bring the waves over your working thighs to create a hydromassage. The hydromassage assists with diminishing cellulite and avoiding muscle soreness the following day. Immerse your forearms underwater as much as possible and circle inward for 30 seconds, and always remember to breathe.

Step 3: Mountain climb

Begin pedaling forward as you are now standing straight, halfway between the saddle bar, and adjust resistance to Level 3 or 4 (medium-high). Your chest will be lifted, with your shoulders down, while you gently hold onto the handlebar at midpoint for balance. Your toes should be pointed down into the pedal as you sink in your comfortably bent knees. The saddle should be about halfway to your back. At this point you will feel your quadriceps working hard, while you continue controlling your breaths for 45 seconds.

Step 4: Sprint

At this point you will be seated once again, pedaling forward, as you are in your “racing position.” The aqua bike’s resistance will be set at Level 3 once again. Relax your shoulders, close your eyes, and push your heels down. Begin to pedal faster keeping the pace with the upbeat tempo of the music. This quick sprint will last for 1 minute and 35 seconds.

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The key to getting the most out of your aqua cycling workout is to control your breathing as you engage your muscles throughout the body. What’s better than a full body workout that’s FUN? 

Spice Up Your Pool With Aquacycling

At Aqua Wellness World, we sell the most cutting edge equipment and technology for every type of underwater fitness activity. Whether it’s heart-pumping exercise or gentle, functional rehab: If you have a pool, we have you covered.

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The innovative machines we place in pools are the New Aqua Trekker Pro (underwater treadmill), the Aqua Jumper (underwater trampoline), the Aqua Bike Pro (stationary bike with unique variable resistance system) and various aqua arm bikes for physical therapy and rehabilitation. Whether it’s a residential building, rehabilitation center, gym, or hotel with a pool, well-designed aqua equipment will transform an ordinary pool into a fresh, invigorating, new experience for all users to enjoy.
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Gluten Free Post-Workout Snack: Feel Good Inside and Out

Today the focus is on restoring energy and nourishing the body after your heart-pumping AquaCycling class. You’ve burned hundreds of calories while pushing those muscles through the water, now let’s recuperate.

Gluten-free diets are all over the news. Initially intended for those with celiac disease, these diets have caught on with a much larger population simply because of the tremendous health benefits.

First, a little background: gluten-free means excluding wheat, barley, rye, and oats from your diet. These ingredients are generally known to leave you feeling bloated and fatigued, and can even compromise regular digestive activity. The simplest way to think of gluten and its effects is that it expands like glue (hence its name) throughout your intestines. You can imagine why doctors and dietitians recommend staying away from it…

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After exercise, the body needs refueling, but choosing the right fuel will maximize the benefits. Rehydrating with water is key – and calorie-free – during class and afterwards. We’ve come up with a simple post-workout snack and a protein smoothie, and you can enjoy whichever you prefer. The ingredients have all been carefully chosen, keeping in mind a balance of healthy fats, omega-3’s, and complex carbs, which are all necessary for prime recovery post-workout.

Our go-to snack is healthy, simple, and delicious: Meet the poached egg and avocado toast.

*FYI, poaching eggs is the leanest way to cook them.

For this snack, you’ll need:

  • 2 Poached eggs
  • 1 Whole Avocado
  • 2 Pieces of Gluten Free Toast (Udi’s is a great brand, found in many grocery stores)
  • A pinch of salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, oregano (or any other herbs of preference) 

 

Poaching the egg might seem intimidating, but it is absurdly simple.

  • Just heat up a small pot of water and bring it to a boil.
  • Then grab a spoon and start stirring the water creating a little whirlpool, as you do this you’ll gently slide the egg in making sure it says whole (you can use your spoon to help push it together).
  • Leave the egg in the boiling water about four minutes and voila! Poached egg. Now gently remove it from the pot with your spoon and place it on a plate.
  • Repeat above steps with second egg.
  • Next, toast your gluten free bread.
  • Take the ripe avocado, scoop it out, and mash it with a fork.
  • When the toast is finished, spread the avocado atop evenly, and place the egg directly in the center.
  • Cut a small slit in the egg letting the yolk drip on the toast.
  • Lastly, sprinkle the salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and herbs throughout. 

Now time to enjoy!

Having trouble poaching the egg? Watch this quick how-to video.

If you prefer a drinkable post-workout snack, try our protein-filled pumpkin spice smoothie.

For this smoothie, you’ll need:

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  • 1/2 cup of pumpkin (canned or fresh)
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 2 frozen bananas (if unfrozen add one cup of ice)
  • 2 dates
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • A pinch of cloves, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg

*If you’re feeling like you need an extra kick of protein, you can also add 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder

Now toss all the ingredients into the blender, cover, blend and you’re all set! This delicious pumpkin smoothie will not only make you feel like you’re sitting between autumn leaves, but will boost your energy with protein and help rebuild the muscle post-workout.

Post-workout recovery is an extremely important element to fitness, allowing the body to properly regenerate, leading to long-lasting, positive results. You gave it your all in that intense hour of AquaCycling… don’t let it go to waste!

 

Happy Joints, Happy Life

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Think about those cycling classes you take — or maybe don’t take — on a daily basis. Pumping through that hardcore hour, burning hundreds of calories, and even adding some weights to simultaneously work the arms. Now add some H 2 O into the equation.

Why would do this? Many reasons, but today we’ll focus on one: the reduced impact on our precious joints.

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