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How to Effectively Glide in Your Breast Stroke

The versatile breast stroke can be used as a relaxing or safety stoke as well as a powerful, racing stroke.  In this video, iGnite Swim Instructor Sha Klatt explains the correct form to use while executing the breast stroke.  Using long-time iGnite swimmer Janet Chastain as her model, she demonstrates how to focus on the glide.

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Class Highlight: Hydro-Fit

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Hydro-Fit Class

Sha Klatt

by Sha Klatt

If swimming laps is not for you, consider our new Hydro-Fit program! Water exercise is all about moving water and creating resistance to get an effective non-impact workout.

Swim2Hydro-fit is a full body workout that will lengthen and strengthen your muscles, build your cardio endurance, as well as increase your mobility. This workout incorporates the use of a variety of equipment including aqua flotation belt, water resistant bar bells, kick boards, and fins that keep this program fun and challenging. This class is effective whether you want non-impact athletic training or if you need to stay active while you heal and recover from injury.

IMG_0091Benefits of Hydro-Fit Workouts:

  • Builds cardio endurance
  • Increases mobility
  • Provides non-impact resistance training
  • Uses variety of equipment — keeps it fun!
  • Allows for injury recovery
  • Provides full body workout that sculps, lengthens, strengthens
  • Restores your body, mind and spirit with aquatic therapy
  • Ends with Hot-Tub mini spa
  • Feels great all day!

Come enjoy the water, hydro-fit is exercise that feels good!

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Take a Dip! Swimming 101 with Sha

iGnite Swimming Instructor Sha Klatt

iGnite Swimming Instructor Sha Klatt

Swimming is a fantastic mode of exercise, so why do so few of us choose it as our method of staying active? Here to demystify swimming for fitness is Sha Klatt, iGnite leader and swimming instructor. “Swimming does it all,” Sha says. “It gives you a full-body workout, increases your aerobic capacity and strength and builds long, lean muscles. With zero impact on your joints, it is perfect for all fitness levels.”

What do you need to get started? Sha gives the low-down on swim gear.

  1. An athletic swimsuit. “They tend to run small, so don’t be surprised if you’re wearing a bigger size than usual. It should feel snug, but comfortable.” 
  2. Goggles. “I personally love the Tyr Nest Pro, and petit women may prefer a junior size. Another great pair specifically made for a woman’s face is View, which are very popular among the iGnite swimmers.”
  3. Cap. “A silicon cap will keep the water out better and off of your hair, but stretchy knit caps are also comfortable.”
  4. Pool. “I love the outdoor & heated facilities at the J where iGnite swimming classes are held. I also encourage everyone to get out and experience the beauty of the individual pools around the city!”   In Austin? Find a pool near you. 

Don’t have any gear? Sha brings extra caps and goggles to all iGnite swimming classes. Lane Four Swim Shop in Austin also has a store-full of swimming equipment year-round.

You’re in the water, now what? As a starting point, Sha recommends trying this basic workout:

  • 10 minute warm-up: swim a variety of strokes slowly with long, stretched out strokes
  • 15 minutes on a kick board
  • 15 minutes with arms only
  • 15 minutes swimming faster, stronger and harder to build endurance and lung power
  • 10 minute warm down of slow, long streched-out strokes and nice, easy kicks

Meet Sha at the pool every Tuesday & Thursday!

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