Research tells us that the first and last five minutes of any group fitness experience are the sections of aquatic classes that people most can remember. Treat yourself to a workshop exploring dozens of different ways to achieve safe, effective, and creative warm-ups and transitions (formerly called "cool-downs") for a plethora of class types: cardiovascular, strength, and flexibility/mind-body. We will address pool orientation, music, equipment, specificity, and group dynamics. (Equipment: gloves and noodles requested but not required)
AQUATIC HARD CORE AND PEACE CORE TRAINING
The first half of this water workshop is “hard core” and addresses aggressive sport-specific agility exercises for all healthy populations. The second half addresses “peace core,” involving mind-body applications for active flexibility, recovery, gait training, and balance. Learn new, research-based techniques for training movements, not muscles, emphasizing form over physique. (Equipment: noodles and gloves)
AQUA 20! 20! 20!: THE COMPLETE WORKOUT FOR DESPERATE HOUSE-LIVES!
The body needs strength, cardiovascular, and flexibility work to some degree everyday. Based on Lawrence’s award-winning land-version dvd of the same name, this workout gives you 20 minute segments of AQUATIC creative cardiovascular routines, synchronized strength exercises, and fluid flexibility. Lawrence always offers intensity options for all levels so you can change the way any move feels as you do any section of the workout. This workout is, in a word, complete!
AQUA BUDDHA CAMP
BUDDHA-CAMP: AGGRESSIVE MIND-BODY
If you know Lawrence, you know he’s a lover and not a fighter, so "boot camp" isn’t in his repertoire. Seen at Equinox clubs, this is his mindful aquatic answer to the aquatic boot-camp craze, with an aggressive fusion of effective and intense series that all flow from Yoga to Pilates to T'ai Chi. Combine the most challenging aquatic adaptations from those disciplines with a unique format philosophy and join the aquatic Buddha Camp craze! (Equipment: gloves and/or noodles).
BUDDHA MEETS THE MERMAID: POSTURES AND PROGRESIONS
Join 2 IDEA Instructors of the Year and Best-Selling Authors June Kahn and Lawrence Biscontini, MA, for an aquatic combination of Yoga, and Pilates disciplines. Embarking on a journey with the premise that evolved movement yields an evolved experience, they invite you to a hybrid program capturing the best of mindful stability and mobility for warm-water. You will hold postures, move postures, and link postures and progressions with refreshing combinations. (Equipment: noodles)
GET WET & SHAKE YOUR BUDDHA
Join Lawrence for a cardiovascular workout experience from a mind-body perspective, not only fusing different disciplines, but incorporating them into your traditional grapevines and step-touches in the water. You will playfully integrate stability and mobility, dance with your eyes closed, and entertain your inner child, mindfully. (Equipment: none).
AQUA ADVENTURE: THE BUDDHA AND THE SAMURAI
Fuse yoga and Pilates principles from the basis of stability and mobility. We will find the calm stability of yoga like a Barefoot Buddha and then add mindful mobility from Pilates with the precision of a Seasoned Samurai. This workshop teaches different ways to create mindfulness in different temperatures of water while manipulating from among: stopping, slow, and speed. (Equipment: gloves)
AQUA SPA FOR THE AQUA SOUL
Embark on an in-depth experience in self-care from the fusion of mind-body applications, spa approaches, nourishment of the five senses, and internal healing and regeneration. This workshop is appropriate for pools with warmer water and shares with you several proven "M.A.P.S." to guide you towards this purpose: a proven format of M.editation, A.ffirmations & A.sana, P.ranayama, and S.ensorial Bombardment. Most amazingly, this experience addresses all of your senses and requires NO special equipment to be effective. This is not a workout but a workshop designed towards helping instructors take care of themselves and of their students. (Equipment: but warmer water)
AQUATIC SHAKTI: the experience®
SHAKTI is the Sanskrit word for the energy released throughout the body when one practices particular hatha yogic asanas. This is an aquatic, non-purist mind-body approach at its best: fuse fitness applications of standing and suspended inspirations of yoga vinyasas, T'ai Chi, Feldenkrais, Gyrating moves and Pilates with non-traditional mind-body music. This workshop will teach you the power of nonverbal cueing skills (taught in silence) and choreographed mind-body flow so you can be inspired to both visually cue and choreograph your own version of "SHAKTI," creating not a "work-out" but a "work-in.. The blends justify the means!" This is appropriate for warm to very-warm water environment. (Equipment: webbed gloves and noodles)
"INTRO TO WATSU" (for warm water)
Learn to be stress-free and peaceful like a dolphin! Among the most popular of aquatic therapies today in the growing spa environment figures WATSU. Be among the first group to experience this as presented to fitness professionals at a professional convention! Learn both an overview of the purpose of gentle water massage as well as specific techniques as we work in pairs. This workshop will give both personal trainers and group fitness leaders both theory and practical application to implement basic tenets of WATSU in a WARM WATER pool. (Equipment: one noodle per participant)
THE 4 SEA-ZENS: A LIQUID MIND-BODY CIRCUIT! (for warm water)
Embark on a liquid mind-body circuit journey: Let Lawrence act as tour guide as we explore aquatic versions of Feldenkrais, yoga, T'ai Chi, and Pilates. You will gain specific techniques for implementing mind-body elements into your classes as well as class possibilities themselves. Join this session in the year of mind-body! (Equipment: one noodle per participant)
"DEFY GRAVITY: DIM SUM"
This is a cardiovascular experience in a shallow-water pool that recreates a deep-water experience as we “defy gravity,” learning grounded choreography movement progressions and then making them suspended. We explore stability and mobility for an athletic population, with progressions (increasing difficulty) and regressions (decreasing). We will fuse it with a bit of choreography, core training with balance, and agility training. (Equipment: gloves)
Want to simulate an interval cycling experience in the pool? “Use your noodle” in this masterclass and create a cycling class in the hydro environment that will not only move your “cycle” around the pool, but also will incorporate upper-body muscles simultaneously, doing 'jumps,' 'hills,' 'climbs,' 'races,' and 'flats.' For programming ideas to create an aquatic cycle class based on both singles and pairs, this workshop is for you! (Equipment: noodles, one per participant)
"HYDRO YO-CHI®" (for warm water)
From "Regis and Kelly" to CNN Headline News, this is fusion at its best! Apply aquatic principles as you unlock the chi potential of your body by fusing T'ai-Chi Yang Short Form and adapted HATHA yoga asanas. Reap the benefits of both isometric and isotonic muscular contractions, balance betterment, and improved relaxation through moving meditation colored with visualization. Our music - specially created for the class - changes from New Age to Chi in five minute segments. (Equipment: aquatic noodles, one per participant)
WILL AND GRACE GET WET!
The most effective core training techniques fuse WILL-full concentration of functional, multi-joint movement and GRACE-full integration of coordination. Join Lawrence in the water by combining this will and grace with careful scientific attention to the body as a kinetic chain, resulting in an adventure in total body integrative training using the unique properties of the water. You've never trained like this before! (Equipment: W&G can use bodyweight exclusively or incorporate free weights, body bars, or medicine balls, as available).
AOL: YOU'VE GOT MALE: AQUATIC OUTBREAKS OF LAWRENCE
Take your water training classes to the next level by combining both interval training and aquatic dance, incorporating the noodle at all times as both our resistance tool and choreography aid. This will give you water dance choreography, ideas for reaching anaerobic training interval OUTBREAK effects, and great partner possibilities. The theoretical segment explores maximizing aquatic interval training. (Equipment: aquatic noodles at one per participant)
AQUATIC BALANCE TRAINING FOR ALL POPULATIONS: EAU "EAU" (EQUILIBRIUM VIA AQUATIC UTILITIES)
This is Core Training for the water! This thrilling adventure in core stability & mobility uses the aquatic environment for serious fun and games for both the outer adult and inner child. Inspired by the Las Vegas show for a "circus of stability," we incorporate noodles, balls, bands, partner play, and the dynamic principles of the water to challenge our base of support as we become more functional, including "tightrope walking" in the water!. (Equipment request: aquatic noodles at one per participant or for every 2; medicine balls 1 per 2 people, resistance tubing at one per participant, tennis balls at 1 per 2 participants).
AQUA "CHIP-N-SALSA GO HYDRO!"
This water adventure fuses Latin-inspired movement from several continents in an effort to stabilize, synergize, and stimulate cardiovascular, strength, and flexibility systems. Join Lawrence using noodles and hips to sizzle energy with authentic Latin dance games. Come prepared to merengue your middle and shake in Spanish!
AQUATIC PROGRAMMING FOR SENIORS & SPECIAL POPULATIONS
Apply published research studies over the last ten years to aquatic programming for special needs: seniors, arthritis, and obese. Learn what seniors most fear, and how to address that in the pool! (Equipment: gloves, elastic tubing and balloons!)