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 Water Exercise Therapy:An Introduction to the New Wave : Water Exercise Therapy:
An Introduction to the New Wave

Sample Exercises

Basic Water Movements- Warm-up

  • Power Walk
  • Deep Water Running

Basic Arm Movements

  • Lateral Arms
  • Lateral Raise/behind

Chest/Upper Back Exercises

  • Pectoral Flys
  • Horizontal Circles

Basic Leg Exercises

  • Leg Extension/Flexion
  • Leg Kicks

Water IS the training tool in the evolution of exercise. Its application to decondtioned and medical participants is almost universal. As more and more people become aware of water programs, and more of these programs become part of the health care contiuum of treatment, their use will expand even more.


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Eric Durak received his Master of Science degree from the University of Michigan in 1986. His research experience is in the application of exercise for special population groups, such as diabetes, high risk pregnancy,......more
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