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Issues and Voices that Matter November 19, 2009

Water Aerobics

Doing aerobic exercises in the water is a popular way to improve or maintain fitness. Don Boyd and Elvia Woods are certified water aerobic instructors at an Oviedo, Florida fitness center. In this genial and informal conversation, they share their expertise and humorous stories from their many years as instructors. Feature length – 9:48

(Produced, reported and edited by Desta Horner)

Water aerobics are cardio and strength-building classes held in a swimming pool. All the traditional land-exercises like jumping jacks, bicep curls and jogging are instead done in the buoyancy of the water. This builds fitness without jarring stress on joints. Many doctors and physical therapists recommend this form of exercise for rehabilitation. Runners and other athletes often use them to keep in shape while recovering from an injury. The Arthritis Foundation encourages patients to participate in these water exercises to cushion painful joints.

In Oviedo many people enjoy these “Aqua Aerobic” programs. They are held at public facilities like the Oviedo Aquatic Facility, The Oviedo YMCA and at private fitness clubs. Retirement centers often offer classes at their pools.

Don Boyd and Elvia Woods are certified water aerobic instructors at the LA Fitness health clubs. Don is 69 years old and has the muscles of young athlete. He served 20 years in the Navy and then another 27 in the Civil Service. He became an instructor 2 years ago after enjoying water aerobic classes. The exercises helped restore his painful back and in the process he lost 60 pounds and gained a great physique.

Elvia Woods served 20 years in the U.S. Army and has been an aerobic instructor in Oviedo for more than 5 years. Elvia’s infectious laugh encourages everyone to “try harder and feel it!”

Extended Interview & Pictures

Don Boyd and Elvia Woods
Don Boyd and Elvia Woods
Extended interview (18:18)


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3 Responses to “Water Aerobics”

  1. Don Boyd says:

    It was great doing this interview and hopefully will encourage more people to join the fun of exercising in the water. I listen to all the interviews, from the first “Central Florida Matters” and am amazed at how much I have learned about our growing community. I continue to “pass the word” and hopefully your number of listeners is growing. Warm Regards

  2. Frank Gennarelli says:

    Hi Don & Elvia: Great interview, glad to see that you are continuing aerobic classes here in Oviedo. Helen and I hope to join you after the lst of the year. We really miss the classes; for the three years that we participated in water aerobics with you both as our instructors it proved helpful for my back. You guys were great and I highly recommend others to participate in your classes as well.

  3. steck says:

    I’m so glad that you liked the piece. You and Elvia were a joy to record and edit. The stories were so interesting and humorous. I’m expecting thousands of people to rush out and join an aquafit class! Well maybe a few dozen.
    Thanks again and I look forward to taking a class from you in the future.

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