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Walk in Water

By Christine Alexander


Walk forward (hip and knee flexion and extension; see figure 2.1); muscles used: hip flexors, hamstrings, quadriceps

* Cueing tips: Walk upright with good posture. Walk forward heel-toe.

Walk backward; muscles used: gluteus maximus, hamstrings

* Cueing tip: Walk backward toe-heel.


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Knee lift, big step, travel forward and backward; muscles used: hip flexors, hamstrings, quadriceps, gluteus maximus

Walk 4×, jog 8×; muscles used: hip flexors, hamstrings, quadriceps

Walk on toes; muscle used: gastrocnemius

Walk on heels; muscle used: tibilias anterior

Lunge forward low in the water; muscles used: quadriceps, gluteus maximus

 

 

 

 

Crossover step (hip adduction; see figure 2.2); muscles used: hip adductors

* Cueing tip: Step right foot over left, left foot over right.

 

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Two steps forward, side, back, side (see figure 2.3); muscles used: hip flexors, hamstrings, quadriceps, gluteus medius, gluteus maximus

* Cueing tips: Travel in a straight line; take two steps forward, turn, take two steps sideways, turn, take two steps backward, turn, take two steps facing the other side.

 

Step sideways (hip abduction; see figure 2.4); muscles used: gluteus medius, hip adductors

Crab walk sideways (see figure 2.5); muscles used: gluteus medius, obliques

* Cueing tips: Lunge to the side like a crab walking sideways. Lift the back elbow with each lunge step.

Knee lift, big step, travel sideways; muscles used: hip flexors, hamstrings, gluteus medius

Squat travel sideways; muscles used: gluteus maximus, hamstrings, hip flexors, quadriceps

 

This is an excerpt from Water Fitness Lesson Plans and Choreography.

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