Limber and Strong Through Pool Pilates

“I am truly thankful for the aqua facilities at RVC. Due to various injuries and inherited back issues, my primary workout is in the lap pool. I often joke that I have the world record for the most laps at RVC, swimming three to four times per week an hour each time — a total of 45 laps to be exact!

Prior to my workouts, I will sit in the hot tub to warm up the muscles and stretch the always taut frame of mine. My workout will often overlap with the aqua fitness class taking place in the therapy pool from 8:30am to 9:30am in the morning or 12:00pm to 1:00pm.

For a number of years now, during those times, I have observed the aqua fitness instructor teaching the class. And I noticed over that time, how she has evolved and improved as a teacher. Her name is Maryam Paydarfar. Not only were the students in her class the audience, so was I.

My wife has been a strong advocate of Pilates and mentioned that Maryam was starting a ‘new’ format in the pool, incorporating some of the Pilates she teaches upstairs, along with the water aerobics she has historically done.

At about the same time, I noticed she was giving private instruction in the pool. Upon discussing this with one of her clients, who, like me, has serious, lifelong back issues, he recommended his experience with Maryam. I began to think I should give it a try. Not only would it broaden my normal routine, but it would add some variety and interest as well.

I finally took the plunge (ha ha!) with Maryam. She took the time to analyze through both interview and observation my weaknesses and strengths. Slowly we began working on various non-stress routines which focused on improving my midsection (lower back, stomach, lats, glutes).

When your body is in the water, in the absence of gravity, your joints tend to relax more, and I find my hips and pelvis can open up and relax. At the same time, the movements we do strengthen and stretch out these critical areas — areas that don’t get the same attention when swimming laps.

Now, I have joined the group at noon on Wednesdays and Fridays for Pool Pilates. We use boots, noodles, styrofoam barbells, and we have a wonderful workout in the pool. Maryam always brings in new ideas as well as her enthusiasm and patience to challenge us.

Her communication style is clear and focused, always wanting to get the most out of us, while still having fun.

I know many of you have also enjoyed the benefit of the fine trainers at RVC. This is just another way that perhaps those of you who are aging and have skeletal issues like me can still keep your joints and limbs limber and strong!” Cam Rankin

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