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Mission Valley • Toby Wells


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January 2017

  • Mission Valley
    TBA – 1 month membership
    TBA - Inbody assessment
    TBA –Inbody assessment
  • Toby Wells
    TBA – 1 month membership
    TBA - Inbody assessment
    TBA. –Inbody assessment

best workout ever:

just add water!

It’s not a secret that water exercise is good for you, but the Y’s Kari-Lorraine Scott wants to make sure you know that it’s not only good for you, it could save your life!

Dramatic? Maybe. But it’s not a bit untrue.

KL, as she’s known around the Y, has a broad client base that includes folks who are in pain from arthritis or injuries to athletes training for a marathon. Back to the lifesaving: It’s about balance, she says. "How many times do you hear about an older person who has a fall, breaks a hip and then dies? Many of my clients practice 'not falling' in shallow water. The practice helps you anticipate, and your body will react if you actually do fall."

Member Marlowe Berg took KL’s advice and did some hard work in the water before embarking on a trip to Greece. (See her story here.)

Working in water can be ideal for people who are frail or who have poor balance, but athletes need to take note, too. "People don’t realize that training in the water can transfer to the land," KL points out. "I have had person after person come to me and say things like, 'I ran farther; I didn’t hurt,' after taking the water running class. "

KL explains, "I can just let the water support me, or I can get in and be very physical by intentionally moving the water.The harder I push, the harder the water pushes back. You can’t out-push the water! I love getting strong people in the water who think that water exercise will be too easy. They can be very surprised by having their rear ends kicked!"

Water Workouts at the Y:

Swim to Slopes: A new water training class designed to get your body strong and ready for ski and snowboarding season. Details

Group Water Exercise Classes : See the monthly schedule, which includes classes for all levels. Try Aquafit if you’re new; go for Deep Water Sweat if you want a challenge; try Aqua Zumba for some fun (and a good workout, too)! We offer Arthritis Foundation water exercises classes, as well. Schedules

Knee/Hip Rehab: Kari-Lorraine Scott runs this class monthly. It is for those facing surgery or recovering from it, and it’s not unheard of for participants to postpone or put off surgery. KL points out that stronger muscles can protect the joint. "Everyone is different," she acknowledges. "I don’t use Muscle Activation Techniques in my classes, but I operate on the principle that muscle tightness can be a cause of pain. It could be the muscle overworking and compensating for another muscle that is weak. If the muscles become strong enough, you may not have the pain. Details

Big Splash Challenge: Offered periodically, this program offers participants coaching on nutrition and weight-loss, with regular water workouts. Contact Barb Madsen for info, [email protected].