What are the advantages of swimming over water fitness


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I sculpt myself in a harmonious way

Swimming is one of the few sports that allow you to shape the body as a whole, from the calves, thighs, and buttocks through the back, shoulders, and arms. With an advantage: that of offering muscle development in length and not in volume.

I practice all year round

Unlike outdoor practices such as running, when swimming lifeguard class, we are never dependent on weather conditions or the times of sunrise or sunset. Practical, some swimming pools open very early or allow you to come and train at night.

I do a complete sport

When you are encouraged to “cross” your training sessions to combine, in turn, endurance, muscle strengthening, and relaxation thanks, for example, to running, weight training, and yoga, you smile: impossible to fit in the planning! Ideal candidate, swimming combines all three … in one session!

I save time

E-FFI-CA-CITE, a keyword when professional and personal obligations already occupy the schedule well. Good news: 30 minutes of exercise in the water is equivalent to 1 hour of sport outside the pool!

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I practice at the pace that suits me

All levels can mix and even coexist in the pool. During heavy crowds, fitted water lines allow different intensities to be distinguished.

I can still learn

In the USA, one in five adults cannot swim. However, swimming is one of those disciplines that you never discover too late. New learning methods combining technique and relaxation are even being developed to overcome aquaphobia.


For a long time, the world of aquatic sports was restricted to a simple aqua gym. Gone are the days! : discovery.

Today, many of us can find dozens of fun and friendly “aqua-activities” close to home (municipal swimming pool or private infrastructure). Appropriate for all audiences, they are even open to swimmers since most of the lessons take place in a basin where you can walk. The most popular is undoubtedly aqua biking, for immersed pedaling, either at a cool or very engaging pace.

Sometimes practicable in some institutes solo, in the cabin, and with virtual coaching, it is more often offered, like all other aqua-activities, in music, in a pool, and in small groups, coached by a teacher.

The success of these practices is due to their diversity: everyone can find something between aqua jogging to boost their endurance without the impacts of running and aqua Zumba for a dance/fitness session.

At PlanetFitness, you can also learn aqua power to strengthen yourself with dumbbells or aqua combat for a more intensive practice inspired by martial arts.


An Olympic discipline, open water swimming is practiced in a natural environment (sea, lake, river …) No lengths that are worthy here but rather a time objective. Be careful, however, the practice is much more energy-intensive than in a swimming pool, due to currents, winds, and other weather conditions.

As for the swim cross, a brand new activity created by Récréa (60 aquatic centers in France), it is located halfway between swimming and obstacle courses, very trendy. The concept: a 3D sports session (in, out, and on the water), solo or in a team where everyone is invited to string together sometimes timed sporting challenges.

What is the “Healthy Swimming” component?

The “Healthy Swimming” component was created by the French Swimming Federation (FFN) in 2008 – 2009. It brings together a field of aquatic activities dedicated to preventing the health of practitioners, whatever their age or condition. of health, their level of autonomy, and their ease in an aquatic environment.

We were one of the first federations, if not the first, to consider this healthy sports aspect.

The committee has developed programs and training courses to empower clubs to promote this activity. With the city of Strasbourg and within the framework of the “sport on prescription” decree, we have even helped to create an FFN club exclusively structured around the healthy sport.

What do you offer through these courses?

Healthy Swimming brings together the “Swimming Fitness Well-being” activities dedicated to primary prevention and “Swimming Healthy Fitness” for secondary and tertiary prevention. The latter offers adapted swimming for the benefit of people with chronic illnesses and as a link with a therapeutic education program.

How are these people apprehended and supervised?

We don’t want practitioners to be seen as patients, not to be stigmatizing. The populations and pathologies are therefore mixed within the same course.

The educator will not take their blood pressure or take a blood test. On the other hand, he has been trained to know, understand, and take into account all the pathologies with which he may be confronted and to which he must adapt.



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