Good Morning Connie,
This past Monday, a long-time aqua fit participant asked me if we could change it up a bit. She is bored and would like to use noodles, the step and other various items for variety.
On the rare occasion, I do pull out noodles to do aqua planks and a few other choice exercises. But overall I’m not a huge fan of “toys” – mostly because I don’t feel comfortable using items in the water that could potential cause harm if not used properly (personal experience of hurting myself using the dumbbells). I recognize that using paraphernalia isn’t “evil” but with my lack of experience I hesitate.
What happened with “aqua step”? It was all the rage when I left aquatics back in the mid 90s. The participant was very happy to tell me how another instructor uses the step as an upper body strengthen exercise (holding the step vertically to push the water) or how it would be nice to just do some step. I barely remember ANY aqua step moves. Did aqua step just get old and boring and therefore dropped out of favour? Or was there long term problems that surfaced with aqua step? A couple of the facilities actually still have the steps in the equipment rooms collecting dust.
How do you keep is fresh for those who are bored? This particular participant does spend most of her time talking and scowling at me. She isn’t your typical participant. She is about my age (late 30s, early 40s), slender and seemingly fit. However, she doesn’t work all that hard in class and loves to socialize during class.
A little frustrated,
As you have identified, the problem is the participant (and her lack of effort), not the equipment.
It sounds like you might talk till you are blue in the face and not get through to her!
Noodle pieces can offer added resistance with a smaller amount of buoyancy than the dumbbells - we have a bag of them at WGJC - I use them occasionally. People in my classes have to 'earn' the right to use equipment:
Let me know how it goes!