Being active and staying fit has become a major concern for many people, especially since first lady Michelle Obama launched her Let’s Move campaign. Though it focuses on encouraging children to be more active, it also brings to light the importance of maintaining one’s physical activity levels regardless of age. Now, perhaps more than ever, people are more aware of their overall health and what they can do to improve it.
There are many exercises that people can do, but aquatic facilities offer unique benefits, especially when it comes to high-intensity interval training. Pool management can take advantage of this relatively new trend by offering courses at their venue.
What is HIIT?
High-intensity interval training is a form of cardiovascular training, according to the American Council on Exercise. These workouts consist of short bursts of near-maximum energy, followed by brief recovery periods. There have been a number of studies that associate increased metabolic rates with HIIT exercises. It’s no wonder that HIIT has gained so much popularity over the last few years, making it an especially important course for fitness club pool management to research.
Know the benefits of aquatic HIIT
The ACE pointed out that one of the primary concerns that people have about engaging in HIIT is the stress that is placed on the joints during high-intensity intervals. It was also noted that pools are the perfect place for people to do HIIT because the water decreases joint stress while providing a unique kind of resistance that ensures that participants will be pushing their abilities.
There’s a fine line between safe HIIT and overstraining one’s body. Because of this, it’s essential for pool management to find well-trained, qualified fitness coaches who not only have experience with HIIT, but also doing it in the water. This way, they can rest easy knowing that these professionals will recognize when certain people should stop and when it’s OK to proceed.
Implementing HIIT courses
Peak season is a busy time for all members of pool staff, so finding the time to seek out HIIT trainers can seem like a tall order. However, delegating different responsibilities can enable pool managers to find and staff a fitness expert.
1. Find the right person: Searching for another person who will join your staff can be easy if everybody pitches in and conducts research on freelancers or local facilities that have HIIT classes. Managers can also post advertisements in the local paper and on their websites. After all, there’s no doubt that fitness coaches scope out the local pools. Check on certification and past experience to ensure that they’re fully qualified.
2. Figure out schedules: Those who are unsure of whether HIIT will be a hit at their facilities can schedule courses around their existing programs. This way, they don’t have to worry about throwing the normal schedule off. On the other hand, if HIIT has been something that patrons have been asking about, slotting it during a particularly busy time frame can pay off.
3. Advertise: Work on marketing early to ensure that plenty of people hear about the exciting new course. This means posting about it on your website, emailing members and more. If people find out about it early on, they can adjust their schedules accordingly. Remember to keep up with the campaign right up until the first class begins so that it doesn’t slip anybody’s mind.