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Free water fitness classes in Central Maui

July 7, 2014 - Leah Sherman

Apparently a lot of people caught the article in the June 25 Maui News about pool fitness classes being offered at two Maui County pools, because when I dropped in on one last week it was packed. And the regulars said that wasn't usually the case.

That's awesome. People are taking advantage of the free offerings in the community and getting exercise — both good things

But, in case you missed it, “H20 Strength and Tone” workouts are offered at the New Wailuku Pool from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursday. Evening classes begin at 4:45 Tuesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 28.

I chose a Tuesday-night class and arrived a bit late. So late, in fact, that all of the available workout equipment had been handed out and the gate to the pool locked. Fortunately for me, a regular participant arrived at the same time and called out to the instructor, Sirena Lacour, to let us in. A few others sneaked in after us and, by then, the pool's capacity of 45 people had been reached.

The New Wailuku Pool is a therapy pool, meaning the water is kept warmer than other pools — at 87 degrees. And it is shallow, so nonswimmers and people generally uncomfortable in water can participate. The “H20 Strength and Tone” class involved walking laps around the pool, leg lifts, kicking, squats and arm work using exercise bands and water weights. The advantage to this type of workout, as I think I said long ago about deep-water aerobics, is that the water keeps the body cool and you don't realize you are sweating. It also easier on the joints than exercising on dry land.

In addition to the Wailuku classes, Lacour leads aqua-jogging from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Kahului Pool.

All of the classes are free and open to the public. Participants should wear a swimsuit and sunscreen. Hats and rash guards are recommended.

The New Wailuku Pool is located on Pakahi Street, near the Market Street intersection. Kahului Pool is at 145 Kaulawahine St., near the West Kamehameha Avenue intersection.

The public pools on Maui are operated by the county Department of Parks & Recreation's Aquatics Division. For more information, see the website at right.


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