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The Benefits of Aquafit

A Hethersett weekly aquafit group has just celebrated its 10th birthday. 

Maria’s deep water aquafit takes place on Monday evenings during term times at Hethersett Old Hall School from 7.30 to 8.30 p.m. and currently has 14 members. 

The class started in 2002 when swimming coach Maria Alborough realised that there was a gap in aquafit classes in Hethersett: 

“I had recently graduated from University and was a qualified instructor and felt there was a need for deep water aquafit,” 

Those taking part use flotation aids to allow them to exercise in deep water: 

“We vary what we do every week. Sometimes we will do running or play games or do relays. Deep water allows exercise whilst reducing stress on joints and helps with endurance and strength and buoyancy allows workouts to last longer,” Maria, who is also a qualified athletics coach and leads the award winning Hethersett Social Running Club, said. 

Over the years Maria’s aquafit has catered for all ages from 12 to the elderly: “Over the years we have seen all aspects of life including births and marriages,” Maria added. 

The deep water aquafit club is following in famous footsteps with legendary British athletes such as Dame Kelly Holmes and Paula Radcliffe both used it during their careers to improve their stamina.  . The club took part this year in the 24 hour swimathon marathon in Hethersett Junior School Pool which was part of Hethersett’s annual open weekend.

Anybody wishing to learn more about aquafit can contact Maria on 01603 810271 or e-mail her by clicking here.