Jump in, the water's perfect! We have a variety of water exercise options, including arthritis classes, aquatic personal training, deep-water sweat and more. Members ages 15+ can look forward to a great, low-impact workout.
Classes meet at either Pratt pool at the Friars Road location in Mission Valley or at McGrath Pool at the Toby Wells YMCA in Kearny Mesa.
Most of our water exercise classes are
ongoing and are free to members. Participants may take a class by paying
the day-use fee for the facility. See the membership section for more information.
Class scheduleSee our schedules page for a link to the most current water exercise schedule.
Class descriptionsSee the our class descriptions page for a brief description and intensity level of each class we offer.
Mission Valley & Toby Wells
Both the Pratt Pool in Mission Valley and the McGrath Pool at Toby Wells have retractable roofs that ensure the temperature inside is perfect. Water temperature ranges from 86 degrees to 90 degrees.
The outdoor Hazard pool at Mission Valley is an idea temperature for lap swim, masters swim, and certain water exercise classes like Deep Water Sweat.
For more information about water exercise, contact Barb Madsen, (619) 298-3576, ext. 12215Schedules
best workout ever:
just add water!
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 or Deep Water Running: Offered seasonally, these classes are ideal options for cross training and improving your performance out of the pool. Swim to Slopes prepares you for ski and snowboard season, Deep Water Running gets runners in shape for the next race (without all the pounding!) Details
Group Water Exercise Classes :
See the monthly schedule, which includes classes for all levels. Try
Aquafit if you’re new; go for Deep Aqua Interval or Deep Aqua Strength 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]. Details