In her 40-year career, renowned aquatics expert Dr. Jane Katz has taught thousands about swimming and aquatic fitness. We sat down with the U.S. Masters Swimming and Synchro Champion to pick her brain about the benefits of water exercise.
Q: Who should exercise in water?
Water fitness is for every body because the magic of water works for everyone. All ages. All ability levels. Whether you’re flexible or inflexible, in shape or overweight, workouts can be adapted to fit one’s needs.
Q: What are the benefits of aquatic exercise versus other fitness routines?
The magic lies in the properties of water. It’s simultaneously buoyant and resistant. It’s the great equalizer, I always say. People can relax in the water but still stretch and strengthen. It’s a holistic workout—mind, body and spirit.
Q: You often touch up those spiritual benefits of water workouts. Can you explain?
Aquatic fitness is a freeing experience. You may be overweight or have a joint problem. But you will still feel good. And that mood boost is really important—especially to people of a certain age. I teach a group of mature women water exercisers. Some might not have exercised ever before taking this class. Some might have arthritis. They come in with a cane, but by the time class is over, they’ve left the cane by the side of the pool. Everyone’s feeling good and smiling. Being kind to each other. Water is good therapy for the spirit.
Q: And how would you say Aquabelle suits fit into an aquatic fitness routine?
Chlorine resistant swimsuits are functional, fashionable and built for fitness. They fit well and look good whether you’re full-figured or frail. They’re so colorful, splashy, and fun that you’re excited about putting on your swim finery, so to speak, before each trip to the pool.
Dr. Katz knows Aquabelle swim is a delight to wear and really works for water fitness—we want you to get in on the fun, too!
Dr. Jane Katz has taught thousands of students about the benefits of water fitness at the City University of New York, since 1964. She is a professor at John Jay College in the Department of Physical Education and Athletics teaching fitness and swimming to New York City’s police and firefighters. Dr. Katz has been recognized for her work as an educator, aquatics innovator and author. Among many prestigious honors for her work is the Townsend Harris Academic Medal from her alma mater, CCNY, and award bestowed to fellow alumnus, former Secretary of State Colin Powell. As a member of the 1964 U.S. Synchronized Swimming Performance Team in Tokyo, Dr. Katz helped pioneer the acceptance of Synchronized Swimming as an Olympic event. Her achievements as a Masters competitive, long-distance, synchronized and fin swimmer have earned her All-American and World Masters championships.