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Water Fitness for Ages 13 and Up

Water Fitness Classes

Exercise in water provides a near weightless and zero impact environment for a challenging yet safe workout. Countryside YMCA’s diverse Water Fitness offerings can appeal to every Y member, ranging from adults just starting fitness and weight loss goals, to athletes working to cross train, and even for active senior wellness.

Classes are 45-60 minutes long and are led by qualified instructors for ages 13 and up. Classes are structured at Levels 1, 2, or 3. It’s so easy to explore the classes that match your needs and goals today. Not sure where to splash? 

  • Swimming skills are not required
  • Pools have ramps, handrails, and shallow steps
  • See your doctor first to get clearance for water exercises

Outcomes/Benefits that can come from Water Fitness

  • Improved flexibility
  • Increased cardio vascular endurance
  • Improved muscle strength and toning
  • Improved core strength
  • Increased coordination and agility
  • A sense of well-being
  • Improved confidence
  • Burns calories, promotes weight loss
  • Increased energy
  • Increases the fun quotient!

Tips + Preparation

New to class? Arrive a little early so our instructor can give you some pointers.

Countryside YMCA members can explore any class with a One Time Free Trial. We’d love to have you!

Equipment Needed

  • The Y provides all equipment for Water Fitness classes
    • Water Exercise Equipment
    • Flotation equipment  

Attire and What to Bring

  • Come to class dressed and ready for the pool
  • Proper swim attire is required (swim suit), no basketball shorts, street clothes, etc.
  • Water shoes (encouraged)
  • Towel, water bottle

Intensity Levels

  • LEVEL1: Classes have zero to low impact on joints. These classes focus on flexibility, range of motion, but have no cardiovascular training.
  • LEVEL2: Classes offer moderate cardiovascular and strength training in warm water environment.
  • LEVEL3: Classes are high-energy classes with high-intensity strength and cardiovascular training often with water equipment.

Level 1 - Low and Zero Intensity Classes

Community Arthritis Program. Normal water Arthritis program: for range of motion, flexibility, and mobility. Please consult a doctor first. Classes are sponsored by our Annual Campaign and open to the local community. Held in the Stolle Pool.


Level 2 - Moderate Intensity Classes

Early Morning Workout. Participants do water aerobics, strength training and range of motion exercises. Classes held in the Instructional Pool. Free to members.

Morning Wave Makers. Moderate intensity workout, focusing on cardiovascular health, muscle endurance, strength, and flexibility. Class held in the Stolle Pool.


Level 3 - High Intensity Classes

H2O Dance Party. Low Impact, water based workout that integrates Pop and International Rhythms with traditional aquatic fitness disciplines. This water based workout provides cardio-conditioning and body-toning of large muscle groups. For all skill levels. Ages 13 and up. Classes held in the Family Aquatic Center.

Liquid Cardio. High-intensity cardio workout in shallow, transitional, and deep water. Class incorporates cardiovascular fitness, endurance, and muscle-toning. Great cross training for land-based exercises. Class held in the Competition Pool. This class is free to members.

Rocking the Waves. High energy water workout with fun music to keep you moving and grooving. This class is Free to Members. Class is held in the Family Aquatic Center.

Water Barre Workout. Our Water Barre Workout is a blend of ballet, Pilates, yoga, body-weight exercises and traditional calisthenics with a splash of cardio mixed in, all done in the water for greater resistance and comfort. Join us for a jam packed barre workout that will incorporate exercises to tone and lengthen while you feel like a water dancer! Class for adults, ages 18 and up. Class held in the Stolle Pool.

Boost your motivation and add variety to your workouts.

Water Fitness Flex Cards. All the Water on your schedule. Water Fitness Flex Cards are good forever. They are good for any water fitness class excluding Community Arthritis. Members must manage card, but cannot share a card. Water Fitness Flex cards are non-refundable and non-replaceable. Only available to full YMCA members.

Water Fitness Personal Training. Participants meet 1-on-1 with a certified water fitness instructor who will create a personal workout program. Members can work on endurance, toning, strength training, flexibility, range of motion, weight loss, cross training or pre/postnatal exercises. By appointment only 30 or 60 minute sessions. To schedule contact Laura Roble at 513 932 1424 ext. 193.

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