The temperature dropped into the 60s the morning of my aquatic workshop: (Developing) Off-the-Wall Theme Classes. As a first-time presenter at the International Aquatic Fitness Conference, I had qualms that everyone would choose to stay in their warm beds at 8:00 am EST instead of brave the chill morning air, but I was pleasantly surprised when fifty participants showed up at the pool for a rousing football game themed class including cheerleading, football drills, and even a half-time show with the marching band and majorettes.
The water turned out to out to be warmer than the air, but it was the perfect temp both in and out of the pool. No one was cold once we got started and I didn't have to worry about massive sweat dripping into my eyes (a very real concern when it's hot) or overheating in the sun.
Jock Rock tunes accompanied our Tabata drills, football pass-and-dash game, and traveling drills. We shook our pom-poms to popular cheerleading songs--even the guys!--and got wild and crazy with a tunnel as we "Danced to the Music." At half-time we had to "bang our drums" and then marched around the pool conducting the band and playing various instruments. At the end we sang, "Nah Nah Hey Hey, Wave Goodbye" as we high-fived each other after a vigorous "game" of football.
My costumes and props included a football helmet, red/white poms, a red/white referee dress that doubled as a cheerleader uniform, a sport's whistle, a bag of footballs, and a baton.
After the pool practical, we headed indoors for a brainstorming session on developing themed classes. The attendees came up with many fabulous ideas and song possibilities and we had fun sharing ideas and walking through the creative process together.
I had so much fun facilitating this workshop and am looking forward to many more! If you've never been to IAFC, I highly recommend it! For more info, visit www.aeawave.com.
Lover of dance, dance-fitness and aquatic fitness.