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It’s a mere 43 degrees outside, and I’m headed to the Upper East Side to dance in a pool! Surfer Anna Jerstrom, founder of Calavera swimwear and Z Club NYC come together to host Calavera’s Aqua class.
Let me first start out by saying that I dropped out of dance class when I was a kid. The minute I found out that in order to wear the pretty costumes you actually had to go on stage and perform in them at the recital, I was out. Twenty years later here I am at Calavera’s Aqua class minus the tutu. I changed into my bathing suit in the locker room- very clean and the showers are supplied with all of the necessities and more!
Luckily this is nothing like a traditional dance class… think more along the lines of a “pool party”. Integrating the aerobic fitness philosophy with traditional aquatic fitness disciplines, this aqua class combines it all together into a workout that’s cardio-conditioning, body-toning, and most of all fun!
Edmee Cherdieu D’ Alexis Co-Founder and General Manager at Z Club NY was our instructor. Once she cranked the music up, her energy transpired to the class and through the indoor pool roof. Edmee modeled the moves from the pool deck as we followed along, making the choreography easy to follow. We were encouraged to sing along, and really push through the water to increase the resistance, sculpt the body and get our heart rate up. I found myself smiling from ear to ear the entire class, there is a sense of freedom youthfulness in a pool that is unlike any other workout on land. Edmee has a unique way of teaching in that it’s like clubbing with your favorite friend (the gleam in her eyes says you guys are going to get into loads of trouble).
The beauty of Calavera’s Aqua class is that anyone can do it, age ranges from 25-70 years old. Whether you’re a fitness enthusiast looking for a new way to get your cardio fix, or young at heart with two hip replacements that still likes to shake her groove thing, this class is for you. Instructors provide a great deal of modifications for exercises, and you’re in a pool so there’s little to no impact on your joints. There are locker room facilities on site, with showers, towels and full amenities. Classes are a mere $19 which is a steal compared to most group fitness classes in New York, or a night out dancing in Meat Packing. Z Club NY occasionally offers deals on sites such as Groupon and Gilt City which can further deepen your discount on a class package.
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