Deep water gymstick is a no impact but high intensity workout. If you are already doing aqua aerobics, you’ll find many of the moves similar. It’s a harder workout though because of the elasticated resistance bands that are attached to your feet. The extra resistance changes the water-based muscle contraction to a much more functional land-based muscle contraction – if you are getting lost here just understand, this is a very good thing!
I trained in aqua gymstick (now called gymstick H2O) a few years back and immediately saw the potential of this piece of exercise equipment. I set about developing a complete deep water gymstick class (freestyle), and added gymstick to aqua bootcamp and antenatal aqua. The gymstick is designed in such a way as to uniquely engage the core and it actually addresses poor posture by tensioning the shoulders down. It’s perfect for antenatal clients that need to focus on inner core. The biggest result I have seen in my regular deep water gymstick participants is a reported improvement in posture in the pool and improved back health thereafter.