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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I need to know how to swim to do Peyow Aqua Pilates?
A: You do not need to be a swimmer to do Peyow Aqua Pilates. We use buoyancy and flotation devices in the workout. For those who cannot swim, no deep water exercises are advised. It is advisable to make sure to use a pool that has a lifeguard on duty and NOT to swim or exercise in a pool alone.
Q: What is the difference between this and Aqua Aerobics?
A: Peyow Aqua Pilates exercises are in different positions, seated, standing, floating, etc. so that you are training to stabilize your core muscles in every position. It is similar to the Pilates equipment exercises with the resistance of water, noodles and dumbbells.
Q: Can I lose weight with Aqua Pilates?
A: You will burn a similar amount of calories as any Pilates or Yoga class, depending upon your effort. You will create lean body mass, which will increase your metabolism even when you are not working out. Weight loss is dependent not only on diet and calories, but hormonal balance.
Q: I have a bad back, and I was told to do yoga. Will this be appropriate for me?
A: Peyow Aqua Pilates exercises are designed to strengthen the core muscles which are used in everyday function. If these muscles are not strong, the back may be compensating for weak abdominal muscles. Peyow Aqua Pilates will strengthen and stretch muscles to balance the body so that movement is easier, with less pain. The water also supports length in the spinal structure so that it is not compressed as on land. Yoga is an alternative, but be careful of positions that overstretch the lower back, when the hamstrings are not flexible.
Q: I’m a weekend competitive athlete, how can this program benefit me ?
A: The program was designed to be used for both people with injuries, and also athletic enthusiasts. If you are a tennis or basketball player, you need to be able to stop and change direction, and also jump. Peyow Aqua Pilates rebounds are exercises that spring off the pool floor. When done on land, these exercises cause tears in the muscle fibers on the landing phase. In water, research shows — that landing phase is like landing on the moon, slowed down….and not as much wear and tear! So practicing jumps and maneuvers in water is the safe way to train.
Q: I would like to know the best pool temperature to teach Aqua Pilates.
A: We have many varied class styles based on the Peyow Aqua Pilates program. The warm water classes between 89-93 degrees are great for arthritis, joint replacement, knee or hip problems, and spinal conditions. This is also great for learning the exercises slowly. The regular temperature classes can be anywhere from 82-88 degrees and we have classes at a University pool which is 79 degrees. The regular temperature classes are at Spas, and Healthclubs. These classes alternate warming exercise that increase core temperature with the slower strength and flexibility exercises. The Peninsula Hotel pool is 82-84 degrees and we have held classes there for over 15 years. It is a favorite class among members and guests.
Q: Can I really get a workout with this program, isn’t it just for older people?

A: It is an outdated stereotype to think that because we are working out on water, it is for older adults. The aquatics industry in general has grown over the years to include the most cutting edge scientific information and the most effective workouts. In many other countries, and sometimes in America, the water classes are attended by both young, fit, and healthy together with older people. To answer your question as to whether you can get a workout – yes, you can certainly get a great workout from this program. The mind-body element will reduce stress levels, along with all the benefits of Pilates which create length and strength in the musculature without adding bulk.

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First, I can’t emphasize how important this class was for me during the past year and a half! We are a group of men and women, young and old, many recovering from a recent surgery or injury, some living with a chronic illness – and yet Anne is always able to customize the exercise routine for each member of the group.