Michele Williams has been a member of the Logan West Aquatic and Fitness Centre since 2020.
She’s also a long-term scoliosis sufferer, a condition that means she experiences constant pain.
Only a few months after joining the aqua aerobics class at the Logan West Aquatic Centre, Michele noticed an amazing improvement in her condition.
‘After about two to three months of participating in aqua aerobics classes two to four times a week, I started to notice my back was feeling different,’ says Michelle.
‘I was not in as much pain, I was sleeping better, and when I measured my height I could have sworn I gained 1cm.’
Michele says that a comparison of before and after x-rays of her back from a year earlier shows a visible improvement.
‘The curve has started to straighten slightly which has reduced the pressure on it and explains the reduced pain. My sciatica has also dissipated because of the stretching and flexing of the muscles in my hips and legs.’
Michele has found the Aqua Aerobics to be the best way to exercise because the activities are gentle on the muscles and joints while helping strengthen the core.
She says there are other benefits at the Aquatic Centre too.
‘What I have gained most by joining the Aquatic Centre is all the lovely new friends I have made.’
Health Club Manager Yasmeen Millard is a big supporter of aqua aerobic based exercise.
She sees members benefit weekly from the water-based activities that allow many body types and conditions to exercise in a fun and healthy environment.
‘It’s low impact on the body, you’ve got the water there to take a lot of the impact off,’ Ms. Millard explains.
‘The water is a natural resistance – you can just work with your own body weight and the use the depth of the water to increase resistance – the lower you go the more resistance you get.’
The aqua aerobics group is a fun, diverse bunch, ranging from as young as twenty to upwards of eighty.
‘We have ladies in walking frames that come, we have ones that have had strokes, ones with back issues … we have probably every issue you can think of, and they come into the water before they go anywhere else,’ says Ms. Millard.
‘It’s very laid back and you get quite amazing types of people and movements from them where you wouldn’t get it from them in any other way.’
Another important draw is the fun, supportive atmosphere, which makes the classes great for socialising and having a good time.
‘It’s a great community,’ says Ms. Millard. ‘There’s loads of them that use the gym that solely come for aqua.’
‘They are so open and friendly, they chat to each other, they encourage each other, they heckle the instructors at times. It’s just a really good atmosphere.’
Logan West Aquatic and Fitness Centre holds aqua aerobics classes multiple times a week.
To learn more, visit their Facebook page