Water aerobics classes attract larger numbers
The Valley Falls Recreation commission found the second season of water aerobic classes held after hours at Kendall Memorial Pool to have increased enrollment.
There were two different classes taught. On Sunday and Wednesday was deep water aerobics. Participants used a water belt that provided floatation. On Tuesday and Thursdays participants exercised in the shallow end of the pool.
Over the course of eight weeks there were 46 participants. The average class attendance was 13 people; however, some nights there were over 20 working out.
Most of the participants were from Valley Falls, but a few came from the Meriden, Winchester, and Muscotah areas. The commission had purchased water belts last year.
This season barbells were purchased to provide hand weights. Other exercise aids are aqua noodles and Frisbees.
The water aerobic classes were taught by Lori Glissman, Cece Courter, and Jeri Clark starting in mid-June and lasting until the pool closed Aug. 15. Assisting were four lifeguards, Shelbie Glissman, Abbey Kearney, Leah Martin and Jade Edmonds.
Participants who completed 15 classes received a t-shirt. There were over 30 classes taught.
“We took into account the days the pool had to close due to the weather. We had several participants that were close and would have probably made the 15 days had it not been for the weather,” said Lori Glissman, commission member.
Gladys Bishop created the t-shirt design depicting a dragon in a bikini using a water barbell and aqua noodle. Turner Designs printed the shirts. There were approximately 25 t-shirts distributed. Over $700 has been deposited into the new pool fund account from the water aerobic classes.
“I would say that our water aerobics was the most painless way to do something that is so good for you. It was the fastest, most laughter-filled, and best hour of the day. Afterwards, I was relaxed and felt great no matter how the day had gone,” said Liz Ratliff, Valley Falls.
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