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Stay Fit While You Keep Cool - on Ambergris Caye

Posted by Valeria Espinoza on Jun 4, 2011 2:00:18 AM
Valeria Espinoza

Aqua Fitness in Shallow San Pedro Club Pool

In mid-May the weather on Ambergris Caye is hot and dry – and the surrounding sea beckons. With temperatures hitting 90 degrees Fahrenheit the last few days, the most comfortable way to exercise is while partially submerged in a body of water…

There are many options for aquatic exercise and sports on this island. Swimming is an outstanding way to stay aerobically fit.  And the Caribbean Sea is, of course, a delightful place to swim or snorkel.  One can easily be mesmerized by the underwater fantasy land while swimming or snorkeling in the Caribbean. But it’s important to be aware of the nearby boat traffic if you are swimming  on this popular island.

The Fun Approach to Getting Fit - at the San Pedro Club Pool

Aqua Fitness in the Deep Pool

If you enjoy swimming laps, the pools at the San Pedro Club offers a perfect spot to swim the distance without distractions. The pool is gorgeous… No need to worry about boats… And at certain times of day you’ll have the entire pool to yourself... The swim lanes are artistically  marked using an easy to follow underwater tile pattern. There is no skin drying chlorine in this pool. A sophisticated computer system controls how much salt is added to the water to  maintain a proper pH balance. If you’re sensitive to chlorine, this is a real plus.

But there’s yet another aquatic option that many people on this island prefer – Aqua Fitness classes. The aquatic fitness classes taught on the island are perfect for people who’ve had joint or other injuries that prevent them from participating in strenuous exercise. Any exercise program in the water places minimal stress on ones joints and body, as compared to high impact fitness options.

The San Pedro Club is adjacent to the soon to be Baymen Garden Development.  It provides the amenities for the Baymen Garden development.  For more info on the San Pedro Club…

Aquatic Fitness Classes on Ambergris Caye

The necessary equipment is provided in the class. You’ll never break a sweat in this class!   As a group, we tend to socialize a bit in class as well. We have a great time while we work out. I like the approach of exercising our bodies and funny bones at the same time. It’s the best of both worlds since we often have a good laugh in this class.

Aqua Fitness - Pool Side Stretches

Maureen, affectionately known on the island as “Madame”, is the aqua fitness instructor. She is a very colorful Scottish woman  who’s devoted to practicing and teaching aqua fitness. Madame teaches classes at the San Pedro Club on Tu/Th/Friday at 10 AM in the morning. Anyone can join, for only $5 US/class. But if you stay at the Exotic Caye Beach Resort, you’ll be able to use the San Pedro Club facility free of charge. And for the aqua fitness class, you’ll receive the discounted rate of $2.50 US. (Maureen is an independent contractor.)  For more on Exotic Caye Beach Resort…

Practicing aqua fitness in the water will allow you to build up muscle and core strength while protecting your joints. The view and camaraderie make it an especially enjoyable experience.  We often note the migrating birds flying over the pool while we work out. The view of the Back Bay is enticing.  But most of all, this group class is a very supportive environment in which to get into shape.

I’ll admit that more women than men join this class. But we do have a few daring guys. The age of the members varies from the 20s to the 70s. This is a drop in class, so anyone can join at any time.

So, when you visit San Pedro, if you are looking for a fun way to cool off and burn calories in a group aquatic environment, head over to the San Pedro Club Pool for aquatic fitness and fun.

Note that the TacoGirl blog regularly talks about aqua fitness, with many pictures. Â Here's one recent example...




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Valeria Espinoza

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