Sat 1.45pm – Strength and Flexibility – Brooke Crisp
In this session, you will learn how to create a balanced and effective strength and flexibility program using just the water and your body. You will discover strategies and techniques to help your clients push the water and create maximum output to improve their strength, as well as how to incorporate flexibility work to help them move better and feel stronger.
Brooke Crisp is a highly experienced fitness professional with over 13 years of experience in the industry. As the owner of BABIO by Brooke, she has created a platform to provide inclusive fitness training for mothers who want to get back into shape after having kids. Brooke is also a national fitness presenter, where she shares her knowledge and expertise with a wider audience. With over 5 years of experience as a presenter, she has become a sought-after speaker at fitness events, and her passion for fitness is contagious.
Sat 3pm – Changes in Female Midlife Health – Unna Goldsworthy
What works for female physiology in our 20s does not work in our 30s, what we prioritise in our 30s again should change in our 40s. This session will cover important focus points to support women in midlife health with excellence and cover some important topics such as why things start feeling different from 40 years onward, perimenopause is not just about hot flashes, increase in systemic inflammation, focus on changes to heart, bone and brain, including mental health, and the perfect mix for exercise – in water and on land.
Unna Goldsworthy is one of Australia’s most highly regarded exercise physiologists and coaches with a focus on high performance reliable bodies and personal/professional success. 20 years of clinical practice has seen experience built from work in research, large rehabilitation hospitals and now supporting masters students at LaTrobe University while running her own business.
Sat 4.15pm – Transitional Training – Javier Bergas
In this session learn how to use shallow, deep and transitional depths at the same time for the same group. Javier shares teaching technique to use when the class is full and everyone needs to spread out to work the same movements at different depths. Javier will also discuss the option of working different transitions and progressions for each exercise and thus adapt to different personal levels.
Javier Bergas, BS, is a primary school teacher (sport and physical education specialist), AEA International Aquatic Training Specialist, and an aquatic fitness and swimming instructor. His specialty areas include clients with physical limitations, programming for pregnant women, therapeutic swimming as well as infant and baby swimming. Javier has coauthored several books and is a frequent author for AEA. He is passionate to transform research into daily life workouts.
Sun 8.15am – Aqua Yoga – Christa Fairbrother
Aqua yoga is as simple as it sounds. It’s practicing yoga in the water. It’s a complete yoga practice including asana (poses), pranayama (yoga breathwork), and meditation (done floating). Are you Aqua Yoga curious? Do you already incorporate aqua yoga into your cool-down routine with a few stretches but are looking for more ways to incorporate a blended program into your classes? We’ll talk about the full spectrum of what aqua yoga is and how you can add more of it into your aqua exercise offerings.
Christa Fairbrother is an internationally recognised aqua yoga coach and trainer. Her personal aqua yoga practice started to manage her own arthritis and she specializes in helping others relieve their arthritic symptoms with aquatic therapy. Her book, Water Yoga – A Teacher’s Guide to Improving Movement, Health and Wellbeing, published by Singing Dragon Publishers was released in 2022.
Sun 930am – Neurobics – Lori Sherlock
Neurobics combines physical activity with cognitive processes. It is a type of exercise that challenges the brain to create new, stimulating patterns to promote brain health. The challenge with including neurobics into fitness routines is that the more we have to think about an exercise, the less physically intense the exercise will be. That is why neurobics is the perfect solution to creating meaningful recovery bouts or sessions.
Lori A. Sherlock, Ed.D. is an associate professor in the School of Medicine at West Virginia University. She coordinates and teaches the aquatic therapy curriculum within the division of Exercise Physiology and is proud to state that it is the only one like it in the nation. Lori is an AEA and Wavemakers trainer and a member of the Aquatic Exercise Association’s Research Committee. She travels around the globe to educate others on various topics concerning aquatic therapy and exercise. Additionally, Lori contributes often to scholarly publications and has a great interest in furthering the field of aquatics through research.
Sun 10.45am – AquaBall Challenge – Claire and Dom
Are you looking for new and innovative ways to challenge your clients? With the use of inexpensive and easily portable balls Claire and Dom will show you how to integrate these fun and dynamic workout ideas into any class. Included will be videos demonstrating cardio challenges, strength and stability movements, teaching tips and safety cues.
Claire Barker-Hemings is a highly regarded Aqua Fitness Trainer/Presenter and Pilates Instructor from Melbourne Australia. She has been delivering aqua fitness workshops and new instructor training across Australia and Internationally.
Dom Gili is an award-winning Aqua Fitness Specialist from Sydney Australia with a reputation for innovative, engaging and challenging water workouts. Dom is the founder of Aqua Fitness Online.
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