HEALTHY LIFESTYLES: Aquafit strikes chord with singers

Singing aquafit a hit at Panorama Recreation Centre

Instructor Michelle Dolan leads her singing deep water Aquafit class in their Friday morning workout at Panorama pool.

Instructor Michelle Dolan leads her singing deep water Aquafit class in their Friday morning workout at Panorama pool.

Aquafit instructor Michelle Dolan, along with her class of about 20 women, has added a little flair to her morning workout routine.

To mix things up, the regular Friday morning deep-water Aquafit class at Panorama Recreation Centre began singing along with the music that’s played during their workout.

After a few sessions, the class became known for its vocal renditions of tunes by the likes of the Beatles, the Monkees and Aretha Franklin.

“The lifeguards just have to bop along beside our pool, getting in the spirit of things. Onlookers just have to smile,” said Virginia Rouslin, a member of the early morning class and also of the Peninsula Singers.

After feedback from the class participants, Dolan, who also used to sing with Peninsula Singers and Via Choralis, started jotting down songs that met the toe-tapping, easy-to-sing-along-with requirement.

“The regular aquafit music was so pedantic, I really wanted something more fun so I started looking around for music that would get people singing,” she said.

Soon after she assembled her playlist for the class, the women of the early Friday morning deep-water Aquafit were up and running – or singing as it were.

“It all happened very naturally,” explained Dolan.

“I think it comes down to the fact that exercise has to be fun, otherwise people don’t want to do it.”

Friday morning Deep Power Aquafit runs from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Visit www.crd.bc.ca/panorama for more information or call 250-656-7271.