Today’s sports performance training is ever increasing.   Any marathon runner, tri-athlete, or runner of any sorts can tell you that repetitive road training sessions can take a physical toll on the body.  SwimRVA has created a specializedRunning University Logo program called SwimRVA Running University using an aquatic approach to enhance long term fitness and reduce the overall risk of running-related injuries.  Dr. Debbie Kelo states “With Running University we offer a way for both seasoned athletes and novice runners to increase cardiovascular endurance through cross-training. We also build on this program by offering injured athletes a way to recover and get back to running as quickly as possible.”

Aqua running, a training method common among elite track and field competitors, allows athletes to maintain their fitness through challenging endurance workouts in the pool – a zero- impact environment with added resistance from the water.  SwimRVA worked with the Sports Backers Marathon Training Team through clinics to show the benefits of aqua running.  Sean Cusack wrote “Aqua [running] is an excellent cross-training option or a great substitute for shorter weekly runs.”

Aqua running boasts many benefits including the ability to use it as a rehabilitative option for injured athletes.  You encounter resistance during your training since water is thicker than air.  The buoyancy of the water allows you to complete a challenging “run” without the wear from on-ground running. “If you’re a runner, it is a great option to add to your training regimen – especially if you are recovering from an injury associated with running,” says Steve Barsamian.

The SwimRVA Running University offers multiple training sessions during the week:

Pilates – Tuesday and Thursday:  7 – 8 p.m.

Strength Training – Monday: 6 – 6:45 p.m.

Suspension Training – Wednesday: 6 – 6:45 p.m

Aqua Running – Tuesday and Thursday: 6 – 7 a.m. or 5:45 – 6:45 p.m.


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