I Love my Arthritis' Students
Tuesday, August 02, 2016
I teach two Aqua Arthritis classes per week in a therapy (warm water) pool on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at a beautiful Health and Fitness center in Michigan. I have been teaching, or educating students of the benefit of water walking, how performing this activity can help improve balance and range of motion. My class format is typically a Continuous Training Class meaning participants walk 70 to 75 percent throughout the workout.
Often, I have students whom were recommended by a Physical Therapy Doctor encouraging them to continue their therapy in a pool environment. Some students are very frightened, or simply terrified of being in the water which is why I evaluate each new student to my classes, inquiring “What do you expect to get out of this class”?
• How comfortable are you with being in the water?
• What your fitness level (day-to-day activities)?
• What are your problem areas? (hip/knee replacement)
Each week I create a Weekly Progress Report and email this to my students listing areas of improvements, new students, students under the weather or students that have not been to class in two weeks. I make every attempt to foster camaraderie amongst my students.
I even present them with a Certificate of Accomplishments! Oh, by the way, did I mention that I just love my Arthritis Students!