One of the most amazing things about CHAARG girls is that no two of them are alike — we are a group of 6,000+ women with diverse backgrounds + interests. But there is one thing we have in common — we love ta sweat! Even then, we still differ in how we like to move our bodies, + finding your fit is what CHAARG is all about : ). It’s a lot easier to *find your fit* when there are [fun!] new workouts to try.
A workout that *splashed* onto the fitness scene in a BIG way last summer was Mermaid Fitness. If you’ve ever dreamed about living life under the sea, this workout is for you. Each class delivers the mermaid experience ++ a killer sweat sesh!
WHAT IS MERMAID FITNESS?
Mermaid Fitness classes combine elements of yoga, pilates, ++ water aerobics, but you will also learn to swim underwater in your tail — or monofin. Having your legs transform into a fin provides a fun, ab-burning core workout.
HOW IT WORKS
An instructor will help choose the right tail for you ++ will give you some tips for how to make the most of your experience. Then, it’s time to dive in! Once you’re in the water, you’ll swim laps ++ learn a series of different swimming techniques that will help you glide through the water. Each technique will challenge your flexibility, core strength, ++ mobility. After everyone is comfortable in their tails, the instructor will guide you in some games that test your skills underwater ++ allow your inner mermaid to shine. All classes end with a free-swim ++ photo sesh — which is perfect to share on your CHAARG Insta! : )
WHY YOU SHOULD TRY IT
Mermaid Fitness is a blast! The atmosphere is fun, playful, ++ one-of-a-kind. The unique underwater movements increase our body-awareness so that we are more aware of the amazing things our bodies can do!
HOW TO PREPARE FOR CLASS
In order to take a Mermaid Fitness class, you must already be able to swim. If it is your first class, aim to arrive about 10-15 minutes early as with any new class. The two most important things you need are: a swimsuit [a one piece or a two piece] ++ a tail! Most locations have tails you can rent, but you can also buy them online. Don’t forget your towel + water bottle, ++ maybe a swim cap unless you have a mermaid braid ; )
WHERE TO TAKE A CLASS
Since last year, Mermaid Fitness locations have begun popping up all over the world! Two popular chains are AquaMermaid ++ Mermaid Fitness. Be sure to scan the fitness schedule at your rec center or favorite hotel, too! : )
Have you tried Mermaid Fitness before? Share your favorite mermaid shot on Insta! [Don’t forget to tag @CHAARG : )]
Aubree [@aubree_inchaarg] // DePaul University