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Water Fitness with Peggy Hall
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WATER FITNESS with Peggy Hall at the San Clemente Aquatic Center (click link below)
City of San Clemente
No swimming experience necessary. All levels welcomed!
Exercising in the water creates additional resistance for strength building in a low-impact, safe and enjoyable environment.
All ages and fitness levels welcomed.
“Peggy creates a great workout! The class is excellent, and a lot of fun”! ~ Ilona M.
”Peggy is the best water teacher I’ve ever had! Her dedication to her students and classes is so appreciated.” ~ Jana F.
“If you want a great workout (without the pain), then this is the class to take!” Pam W.
“Peggy is like sunshine in the water, always inspiring us to do out best!” ~ Johanna
”People have told me my posture is better, and I can feel it too!” ~ Carol
“Love Peggy’s enthusiasm and challenge to better myself. She’s great!” ~ Debra C.
“I’ve lost 12 pounds and my doctor told me my heart is healthier too!”
“I recommend this class to everyone. I have no more pain in my hips or legs. Peggy’s classes are excellent for both physical and mental well-being.” ~ Jayme D.
Water Fitness “POWER” Combo
Mon/Weds/Fri 9:00 am - 9:45 am
This is a challenging, high-intensity class focusing on strength, stamina and power. Be prepared for a vigorous workout that will leave you feeling exhilarated!
Tues/Thurs 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Work every part of the body in this low-impact, high-energy class! Body weight exercises, water dumbbells and noodles are often used. Upbeat music from the oldies to today's favorites!
Favorite Resources for Water Fitness Classes
You can get all of my favorite resources by clicking the links below...
Non-Toxic Sunscreen: I recommend using my own custom formulation (see video and purchase here: BEAUTY SUNSCREEN
Favorite Hats: San Diego Hat Company
Swim Shorts: Mycoco
Water shoes: Bzees
Resistance Bells: Aqualogix (I like the green ones)
After-Sun Skin Care: Peggy Hall's Youth Serum
Tips to get the most out of your Water Fitness Classes
Please arrive at least five minutes before the class to prepare for the class.
Check in with the front desk and get a plastic ring.
Put the plastic ring in the clear bin you’ll see as you enter the pool deck. This is for your entry into the class.
If you are a drop-in student, you'll get a blue plastic ring. Be sure to write your name as I am required by the City of San Clemente to take attendance for each class.
Grab your equipment from the bins before you enter the water. Let me know if you need help, and I'll get the equipment for you.
Please put away your equipment at the end of class, or let me know if you need help.
Modify, adapt and adjust the exercises to suit your own needs. Do not strain or over exert yourself.
Keep your eyes on me as I demonstrate most exercises from the pool deck. Some exercises are best shown in the water because they cannot be demonstrated on the pool deck very effectively.
Position yourself in the water so you can see and hear me.
Most exercises are best performed at mid-chest-height depth. The reason why is because if you are up to your chin on the water, more of your body weight is displaced, which is not optimal for performing the exercises. Also, if you stand in waist-high water there is not enough of your body underwater to take it advantage of the water resistance.
Unless otherwise demonstrated, keep your arms in the water for maximum resistance.
If you are standing in shallower water, you can bend your knees to get the optimal chest-high depth.
The exercises and sequences are specifically designed to be safe, effective, challenging, fun and varied. You can always do a different version of the exercise if you know how to do it and you prefer it.
Using equipment such as the hand buoys/foam dumbbells and the noodles is completely optional. Many of the exercises are best done without any equipment at all. If you are healing your wrist, elbow, shoulder or neck it is recommended you do not use the equipment but just follow with body exercises only.
Some days no equipment will be used, to make sure you avoid any over-use injuries. Some days we'll use the noodles, other days the dumbbells, other days the wall.
The classes and exercises are specifically designed and taught so you get maximum benefit in terms of cardio-vascular conditioning, strength, mobility, stamina as well as challenging your coordination, balance and brain.
It’s important to stay for the stretching so that you can prevent any pain or injury and keep your muscles strong and supple. The cool down is important for your heart and lungs as well.
Keep in mind you will be getting a cardiovascular workout throughout the entire class, even with stationary exercises. That’s because your heart and lungs are working when you are doing resistance exercises. You do not need to keep running and jumping up-and-down for your cardiovascular benefits
I design each class to be a total-body workout, with variety so you can continue to get stronger and fitter -- and have more fun!
Please follow the instructor closely so you will maximize your benefits in this most wonderful element of water.
About the Music
Everyone has different tastes in music, which is why I've created over 30 different music playlists for our classes.
Over the course of a month, you might hear music from the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s, disco, flamenco, Hawaiian, Latin, Big Bands -- even a Country song here and there! Chances are you'll never hear the exact same playlist twice in the same month (unless you're taking both my 8:30 and 9:30 classes...)
While music can be a great motivator, it is not the most important part of the water fitness classes. YOU are the most important part of the class -- and your energy, outlook, attention and intention are the important ingredients to a successful experience in the water.
I've actually attended aqua classes where there is no music -- and also classes where the exact same playlist was played every single time! But that doesn't bother me, because I just focus on my workout and make the most of it, regardless of the circumstances.
TIP: If you find that your taste in music is different from mine, you could wear ear plugs. That way you can still follow along with my demonstrations from the pool deck without needing to listen to the music.
You can either pre-register for the Water Fitness classes, or you can do a drop-in.
When you pre-register for a class, you are benefiting in two ways: (1) You are guaranteed a spot in in the class in case it reaches max capacity (2) You are saving an average of 50% over the drop-in rate Because of this, there are no make-up classes or substitute classes or transferring your enrollment from one session to another. The reason why is when you’ve pre-registered for your spot that removes that spot that would be available for someone else. While on a case by case basis, this doesn’t affect the class size, but if 10 or 15 people didn’t show up for one class and then dropped into another that they hadn’t pre-registered for, that can impact class size. So if you know you’re going to be gone or have a vacation coming up, or doctor's appointments, etc. you can decide whether paying the 50% discounted rate for pre-registration works better for you -- or you can just pay the drop in fee for the class.
Getting in the Pool Before and After Class
Some students like to get in the water and warm up before the classes start.
Please note that the City invites you to enjoy the pool 10 minutes before and 10 minutes after each class.
Due to the lifeguard requirements, this time frame needs to be adhered to.
Thank you for your understanding and compliance.
Rings, Rings, Rings!
The City of San Clemente requires that I track attendance for each class. That is why you are given a plastic ring when you sign in at the front desk.
Place the plastic ring in the clear bin that will be near the entrance of the pool deck.
Please do not leave the plastic ring on the pool deck as it is a safety hazard.
You can give your ring to another student to give to me if you’re not able to put it in the bin or hand it to me directly.
If you are pre-registered, you do not need to check your name off the list, as I will do that for you. But if you are a drop-in, you'll need to write down your name again on my attendance sheets.
Thank you for your understanding and compliance.
Peggy is available 10 minutes before and after each class for personal guidance. Or, email her here: email@example.com
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About Peggy Hall
Peggy is a former competitive swimmer, lifeguard and nationally-ranked water polo player, and she continues to swim daily, especially long-distance ocean swims.
Peggy is also an avid surfer and yoga instructor and creator of the first-ever and best-selling video series, YOGA for SURFERS®.
Peggy is the creator of LIVING SWELL, a healthy-lifestyle company offering wellness retreats, online personal development courses, and natural health and beauty products.
For three years, Peggy starred in over 100 episodes as the wellness expert for America Now, an Emmy-nominated national TV show, with daily syndication on CBS, ABC, NBC and Fox stations.
Peggy also was the national wellness expert for the ABC Radio Network for over seven years, with over 500 radio appearances coast-to-coast.
A frequent media contributor, Peggy has written hundreds of health, fitness and nutrition articles for major national women's magazines. She was a contributing editor and columnist for Clean Eating magazine, and the health and fitness editor for Surf Life for Women, among others.
Prior to making a splash in the wellness field, Peggy had a 25-year career in international education, teaching university and graduate level students. She also founded her own corporate consulting company, Global Learning, providing consulting and training for international organizations.
Peggy holds a master's degree in international relations, a bachelor's degree in political science, and is fluent in French and Arabic. She also lived in Morocco for five years, teaching English with the Peace Corps, and then working in marketing for Proctor & Gamble.
Peggy is the former Director of Teacher Education Programs at UCI Extension and has taught at several colleges and universities over the past 25+ years, including Golden Gate University, Cal State Fullerton, Rancho Santiago College, Irvine Valley College and others.
Peggy is currently Associate Faculty at Saddleback College, teaching English to adult immigrants.
Aside from being in the water, Peggy is a passionate animal advocate and works with many independent animal rescue causes through the organization she founded, Compassion for All.org