Debbie Kolbasiuk knows water aerobics isn't just about splishing and splashing.
It's hard work, not just for the main demographic of elderly members at the Hernando Branch YMCA in Spring Hill, but for the younger participants of the club's water aerobics classes.
"Bear in mind," says Kolbasiuk, the Y's fitness instructor, "you can get a very hard workout in the water because you're going against the water. A lot of people work really hard, pick up the tempo and use the water to their advantage.
"Everyone does it at their own level, so they can push themselves and in many ways, the water can be a bit forgiving or not, but it's usually a great workout."
There are classes Monday through Friday, both in the morning and the evening. Monday, Wednesday and Friday there are four classes in the morning, the first starting at 8:30 and there is an evening class Monday and Wednesday at 6:30. Tuesdays and Thursdays, there are three classes in the morning starting at 9 and one in the evening at 7. Each class is about 45 minutes long.
"Sure, the majority is a senior citizen," Kolbasiuk said, "but in the evening, it tends to be younger. We do have (an age) range — about 45-80."
Kolbasiuk says the classes use all types of range of motion in the water, including certain tai chi and yoga moves. They do work with water weights and foam noodles, as well. Kolbasiuk says the class really helps people with arthritis.
But it doesn't just stop there.
"We try to get the heart rate moving while moving in the water," Kolbasiuk said. "This is also about strength and muscle. If there's someone who has a (health) issue they're dealing with, they can get a good workout and work out that specific area.
"It can be difficult working against the water, but that's the whole point."