Chris is the best instructor in any class I've ever had. She is extremely knowledgeable about the human body & what parts to work on. She warms us up and cools us back down. It is an awesome workout.

Water fitness classes are more popular than ever—and with good reason, since they are fun, accessible, and effective. But how do you, as an instructor or trainer, keep them fresh? How do you continue to challenge your participants, who have varied interests and goals? Water Fitness Progressions has the answers.


Water Fitness Progressions is designed to help you create programs that gradually, and systematically, progress your participants. Inside you will discover the following:

  • Over 150 ready-to-use lesson plans
  • Variations of the shallow-water and deep-water exercises offer over 590 possibilities
  • Specific programming for shallow and deep water
  • Suggestions for introducing equipment to a workout
  • High-intensity and low-intensity training plans
  • Tips for using water resistance to improve strength

With step-by-step instructions, detailed photos, and expert advice, Water Fitness Progressionsis the comprehensive, yet practical, resource that you’ve been waiting for. With an entire year of plans, you will spend more time teaching and less time preparing.

Water Fitness Lesson Plans and Choreography helps new instructors learn the basics of class organization while keeping veteran instructors out of the proverbial “teaching rut.”



This reference contains 72 lesson plans for shallow and deep water– each including warm ups and cool downs, variations, choreography, and modifications. Within the exercise and cueing tips chapters, 576 total exercises are described by using 253 photos that illustrate the key features of each exercise and the corresponding choreography.


The lesson plans are organized into two sections: shallow and deep water. Each shallow water lesson plan has a corresponding deep water lesson plan – all the instructor has to remember are the specific exercise modifications to take the routine from one end of the pool to the other. This allows instructors to learn, remember, and feel comfortable offering a wide variety of class formats.


This book describes how to establish and meet class objectives through the three phases of any successful water fitness class: the warm up, the conditioning phase (for cardiorespiratory fitness or muscular strength and endurance), and the cool down. It includes other important fundamental information, such as:


  • Four easy to use and remember choreography styles to keep classes engaging
  • Troubleshooting tips for creating a well-flowing and successful class
  • Key differences between shallow water and deep water exercise to help select the best format to meet objectives
  • Common names and anatomical movement terms for each exercise to help new instructors learn which exercises work what muscles
  • Information on modifying your class to attract and cater to different populations
  • Tips for cueing, choosing music, and preparing for each class



Audiences: A reference for water fitness instructors to learn new lesson plans and choreography.


Water Fitness Lesson Plans and Choreography

Christine Alexander

©2011 • Paperback • 188 pages

Print: ISBN 978-0-7360-9112-1

E-book: ISBN 978-1-4504-0190-6