Water Exercise

Water Exercise

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Author: Melissa Layne
Page Count: 248
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Looking for exercises to improve your fitness, maximize your cross-training, or recover from an injury or condition—all with little or no impact? Water Exercise is your complete resource for fitness and rehabilitation exercises.

Water workouts are a fabulous way to exercise, no matter your current fitness level. Water Exercise allows personalization of each workout plan: You can change the speed, intensity, or amount of rest based on your needs. Water Exercise is ideal for cross-training workouts and beginning to advanced fitness workouts. It will also help you recover from injury or manage a chronic condition. With underwater photos and simple instructions for each exercise, you will learn fun exercises in Water Exercise you can do in shallow or deep water. You’ll also learn how to use optional equipment such as foam noodles and water buoys to strengthen muscles and improve flexibility.

Exercising in the water is effective because it offers a range of therapeutic and health benefits yet still improves all the components of fitness that you get from land exercise—with no impact. With just a pool and a swimsuit, you can strengthen, rehabilitate, and add variety to your workouts with Water Exercise.


Fitness enthusiasts, especially those interested in low-impact activities (e.g., older adults, those rehabilitating from injury or condition). Also water exercise instructors, physical therapists, occupational therapists.



Part I: Getting Started
Chapter 1: Basics of Water Exercise
Chapter 2: Preparing to Get Wet
Part II: Choosing Your Exercises
Chapter 3: Warm-Up and Flexibility Segment 
Chapter 4: Beginning Exercises
Chapter 5: Intermediate Exercises
Chapter 6: Advanced Exercises
Chapter 7: Deep-Water Exercises
Part III: Exercises for Common Injuries and Conditions
Chapter 8: Ankle Joint
Chapter 9: Knee Joint
Chapter 10: Hip Joint
Chapter 11: Spine
Chapter 12: Shoulder Joint
Chapter 13: Elbow and Wrist Joints
Part IV: Water Exercise Programs
Chapter 14: Basic Water Fitness 
Chapter 15: Advanced Cross-Training 
Chapter 16: Special Populations

About the Author


Melissa Layne holds a master’s degree in exercise physiology from Auburn University, a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Athens State University, a Georgia state teaching certificate, and fitness certifications through the Aquatic Exercise Association, the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, and the American Council on Exercise. She has been a fitness director for several health clubs, head cheerleading coach, and an Americans with Disabilities Act specialist working with businesses to verify disability programs.

Layne is on the faculty at the University of North Georgia in the physical education department. She presents at multiple industry conferences each year, where many of her sessions feature aquatic workouts. She teaches a dozen group exercise classes per week, including aqua classes. She has starred in two SCW Fitness Education DVDs and 12Water in Motion instructional exercise DVDs.


"Melissa Layne is the highest caliber of educator in aquatics. Her intellectual curiosity, down-to-earth approach, and love of water exercise will fill every reader with contagious enthusiasm for the world of aqua fitness."

 Sara Kooperman, JD-- CEO, SCW Fitness Education, CEO, WATERinMOTION

“Melissa Layne’s wonderful book will help you enjoy the many physical and mental health benefits of aquatic fitness!”

Lawrence Biscontini-- Fitness and Wellness Consultant, Author, Speaker

Water Exercise is the ideal resource to help you get the most out of your workout!”

Todd Galati-- American Council on Exercise

Water Exercise is a must-read whether you’re looking for advice about a great aerobic workout or an activity to manage a chronic diseases and joint or muscle pain.”

Shannon Fable-- Director of Exercise Programming, Anytime Fitness