At Steel Fitness Riverport, we see pools as much more than summer hangout areas for swim teams and sun bathers. Rather, we believe that pools are an amazing opportunity to make fitness accessible to anyone. Because aquatic environments offer the opportunity for low-impact workouts, they can support individuals who might be rehabilitating an injury, prone to chronic pain, or who just want a different type of workout. We also know that pool environments are made for fun and restoration, not just workouts, which is why we also have steam rooms, saunas, and whirlpools for spa-like relaxation.

In addition to our fitness floor and our outdoor workout area, The Yard, Steel Fitness Riverport features a state-of-the-art aquatic center with three different pools. With lap pools for those who want to swim interrupted, therapy classes for rehabilitation, and activity pools for group exercise, our aquatic center accommodates all different healthcare needs. Check out this awesome facility at our local gym in Bethlehem!

In this blog, we will cover the types of activities you can do in an aquatic center as well as the benefits of these activities. With these suggestions and ideas, our hope is that you feel comfortable trying out a different type of exercise at our aquatic center!

Swimming at your Local Gym

Uninterrupted Lap Lanes

Swimming might be the most obvious forms of aquatic exercise, but it is also one of the most beneficial! If you have a dedicated swimming practice already, chances are you want to swim laps uninterrupted, finding your flow as you complete your swimming workout. Steel Fitness Riverport provides lap-only lanes so that you can swim without needing to worry about getting kicked out by the swim team, getting whistled at by lifeguards going on break, or getting splashed by other pool activities.

Learning to Swim

“You can’t teach old dogs new tricks” rings true some of the time, maybe when it comes to becoming a professional ballerina after getting a double knee replacement. However, when it comes to swimming, there really is no such thing as “too old.” If anything, swimming is one of the best activities in the world for adults or those who have not had a dedicated exercise routine. We offer group swimming classes and have kickboards, noodles, and flippers, to keep you afloat as you learn to swim. At least give swimming a try at our local gym in Bethlehem, knowing that you are in a safe and supported environment!

Benefits of swimming

We mentioned that swimming is one of the most beneficial exercises, and we will dive into that topic further.

  • Cardiovascular exercise: Whereas running can be really high-impact, swimming offers a low-impact alternative for cardiovascular exercise. You raise your heart rate as you swim and keep it up as you continue lapping the pool.
  • Lung capacity: Every time you hold your breath under water, you work to build your lung capacity. A dedicated swimming routine trains your lungs to maximize your intake, use, and exhalation of Oxygen. In the process, you build a stronger respiratory system.
  • Full-Body workout: When you swim, you must use every muscle to stay afloat. If you disengage your muscles, you will start to sink. Think about the motion of a swimming stroke: you use your shoulders, arms, and back for the motion of the stroke and your entire lower body to propel you forward as you kick. It’s one of the best workouts for holistic health for this reason.
  • Temperature-Controlled: As a local gym in Bethlehem, we know how hot and humid Pennsylvania summer days can get. While we keep our exercise rooms cool, you still tend to heat up and sweat — after your workout, you need to shower immediately. With swimming, though, you always jump into a pool at a comfortable temperature, so you never have to worry about exercise-induced overheating. You can have the hardest workout of your life and still leave feeling refreshed and energized.
  • Stress relief: Nearly any form of exercise comes with stress relief benefits, but swimming releases even more endorphins than most. This is because you develop a routine as you swim: left, right, left, right. Kick, kick, kick, kick. When your body swims, it has no choice but to enter a zen-like flow.

If you want to experience the benefits of swimming for yourself, ask about Steel Fitness Riverport aquatic facilities. Check out our month-to-month, annual, and paid-in-full membership types and make swimming a part of your wellness routine at Steel Fitness Riverport.

Aquatic Exercise at your Local Gym

If you find swimming laps boring or do not particularly enjoy that exercise, aquatic classes might be a better fit for your workout style. We especially recommend aquatic exercise for its low-impact benefits, as it makes working out accessible for anyone.

Aquatic Exercises Classes

With aquatic exercise, there are so many different types of exercises you can do. Steel Fitness Riverport has weekly aquatic activity classes to that you can have a fitness coach lead you through exercises you might not otherwise do on your own. Common types of aquatic exercises include:

  • Water Aerobics: you flow through traditional dryland exercises (like walking, running, kickboxing, or calisthenics), but with the benefit of a low-impact aquatic environment. These classes get your heart rate up, tone your muscles, and increase your physical endurance.
  • Water Zumba: think of the dynamic movement, dancing, and high-energy of a Zumba class, and then just add water.
  • Water Pilates: your favorite land activity can happen easily in an aquatic environment. It’s just as fun and energizing with less risk for injury.

Benefits of Aquatic Exercise

Aquatic exercise comes with its own set of benefits, beyond what swimming laps has to offer. Consider these benefits as you think about adding aquatic exercise into your local gym routine.

  • Low-Impact: we have referred to this benefit before, but we want to expand on what “low-impact” means when it comes to water exercise. Low-impact means that your body faces less resistance in water when it moves as a result of buoyancy. This means aquatic exercise is easier on your joints. If you have had any joint replacement, such as knee or hip replacement, or have arthritis, aquatic exercise could be a great way to stay active.
  • Community-oriented: swimming laps is a great choice for solitude, but aquatic exercise classes are really fun and group-oriented. You can meet other people in the Steel Fitness Riverport community, including our friendly and knowledgeable staff members.
  • Easy to Start: the only equipment you need for aquatic exercise is your bathing suit. If you want goggles or a swim cap, those might come in handy as well. Other than that, though, you don’t need to invest in any fitness equipment to start aquatic exercise. We provide noodles, water weights, kickboards, and flippers at our aquatic center and local gym.

Saunas, Steam Rooms, and Whirlpools

One of the greatest parts of aquatic fitness isn’t even in the pool. Saunas, steam rooms, and whirlpools can compliment your wellness routine, as they promote muscle relaxation, stress release, and open respiratory systems.

When you enter a sauna, you reap incredible health benefits. Saunas help to:

  • Relieve stress
  • Flush toxins and purify your body
  • Clean your skin
  • Promote sleep
  • Relax muscles and joints

When you join Steel Fitness Riverport, you get access to our club amenities, such as our sauna, tanning room, and towel service. If you become a PULSE X or PULSE SGT member, you can even more aquatic center access at our lap, therapy, and activity pools. Plus, you get to choose from over 140 group exercise and aquatic classes a week.

If you have any questions about our aquatic center or the benefits of aquatic fitness, contact or stop by our local gym in Bethlehem today. We are excited for you to experience our incredible fitness atmosphere and take advantage of our aquatic center facilities at Steel Fitness Riverport.