The Forum, University houses a 50m indoor heated pool and is the place for all things aqua.
From swim training to Aqua Fitness and fun in the pool for the littlies, there is a range of programs on offer to be able to enjoy and work out in the pool.
Please note: Patrons who have mobility restrictions MUST see the lifeguard when entering the aquatics area.
A program for fitness swimmers, competitive masters, surf competitors and triathletes. This non impact workout redefines water based activity.
Swimming is a lifetime sport that benefits the body and the whole person! Swimming works practically all of the muscles in the body (if you do a variety of strokes). Swimming can develop a swimmer's general strength, cardiovascular fitness and endurance.
Who should try swimfit?
Maybe you are a runner, training on a regular basis, and want to find an activity that keeps your heart rate up but takes some of the impact stress off of your body. Perhaps you have been doing some other form of land exercise, and now an injury prevents you from putting weight on a knee or ankle. Swimming and Swimfit can help you!
Regular swimming builds endurance, muscle strength and cardio-vascular fitness. It can serve as a cross-training element to your regular workouts. Before a dryland workout, you can use the pool for a warm-up session. Swimming with increasing effort to gradually increase your heart rate and stimulate your muscle activity is easily accomplished in the water. After a land workout, swimming a few laps can help you cool-down, move blood through your muscles to help them recover, and help you relax as you glide through the water.
Monday - Friday mornings 7.00am (75mins)
Monday and Wednesday evenings 6.00pm (75mins)
Can't make Swimfit? Give DIY swimfit a go!
Monday - Friday at 12.00pm
DIY (Do It Yourself) offers a 'Swim Fit' solution to anyone who can't make the morning or afternoon timetabled sessions. You will find your pre programmed 'Swim Set' ready for you to follow on the whiteboard located at the shallow end of the pool. You can spend as little or as long as you can spare in your lunch break.
Contact the lifeguard if you require any support.
Water aerobics builds cardio, strength and resistance all while being low impact and easy on the joints.
- Increase muscle strength – Water flows in multiple directions therefore the resistance in the pool can range from four to 42 times greater than air, ensuring the body’s muscles get a rigid workout. A study conducted in 2007 found that after 12 weeks of regular aquatic aerobic exercise, participants had made significant gains in strength, flexibility and agility.
- Build endurance – Unlike traditional weights, which require the human body to push and pull against the weight (and gravity), water resistance is a more natural resistance which requires the body to strain through the water rather than against it.
- Increases flexibility – As the body is subject to water resistance during aqua aerobic exercise, the joints naturally increase their range of motion while adjusting to the push and pull of water. A study conducted in 2013 found a significant increase in flexibility after subjecting a group of older adults to aerobic therapy exercise.
- Low-impact exercise – In aqua aerobics, the buoyancy of the water helps takes off some of the impact we tend to place on our body, due to our own water weight. Our body is not subject to gravity in the water, therefore the impact our joints take on when running in water, is not equal to the impact when running on land. This is particularly appealing to those with joint conditions such as arthritis or those currently undergoing physical rehabilitation.
- Alleviates pressure on the joints – Studies have shown water-based exercises such as aqua aerobics relieve pressure placed on joints from normal wear-and-tear and arthritis. In fact, hydrotherapy is shown to be the leading form of therapy for those suffering from joint problems.
- Relieves stress and decreases anxiety – A Polish study conducted in 2007 found that aquatic exercise significantly decreased anxiety and negative mood states in women.
- Burns calories – The combination of strength and cardio workouts mixed with water resistance in aquatic exercise ensures the body is getting a full workout. Depending on cardio activity, weight (including additional weights such as dumbbells and weight belts), water temperature, volume and buoyancy, the body can burn between 400 to 500 calories in an hour of exercise.
- Reduces blood pressure – Water resistance enables one’s blood flow to circulate more effectively throughout the body, effectively decreasing blood pressure and, in the long run, decreasing resting heart rate. This benefit means your heart is maintaining its productivity while putting less stress on your heart!
- Cooling exercise – Aqua aerobics can satisfy that need to feel cool in warmer temperatures while still enabling an athlete to exercise. It’s cool, crisp and refreshing, especially knowing you aren’t struggling in the heat!
- Popular activity – Aqua aerobics is not limited to any age group or skill level. This activity appeals to all ages – with younger generations naturally enjoying the fun to be had in swimming pools while still appealing to the older generations and their need to maintain a moderate level of physical fitness.
|Private Learn to Swim (30 mins)||$50.00||$50.00|