Water Fitness

Open to Participants 14 years and older

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Classes are free and open to participants 14 years and older. Water fitness classes are a great way to get a challenging workout yet come out feeling refreshed! In-water exercise is great for aerobic conditioning, calorie burning, flexibility, and strengthening. All these benefits come without the stress and strain on the body associated with land-based exercise. While swimming proficiency is not a requirement to participate, comfort in both deep and shallow water is recommended.

Water exercise is easier on the body's joints thanks to the body's buoyancy in the water. The MJCC has a variety of classes in both pools to keep you fit and feeling good!

Click here for classes in our warm pool.

Aquatic Wellness

Aqua Prenatal Clas
Exercise in the water during pregnancy supports joints, allows for safe stretching and lengthening, and ultimately can make a difference in comfort and confidence for pregnancy, labor, and recovery. This class has a strong emphasis on yoga, Ai Chi, meditation, flotation, and breathing.
Warm Water Pool
Session I: April 12 - May 10, AQ355
Session II: May 17 - June 14, AQ356
Thursdays, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Cost: $90. Member Cost: $75.
Max.10 participants

Aquatic Bodywork

Watsu is a form of aquatic bodywork offered in a pool heated to near body
temperature. The therapeutic effects of bodywork are multiplied by the low-gravity, three-dimensional movement, and the warm, full-body embrace of water.

During a Watsu session the recipient is gently and safely floated, rhythmically moved, stretched, and massaged. The body melts into the water. The weightlessness and warmth of the water decompress the spine, loosen joints, and relax muscles. The recipient feels a freedom of movement that liberates all of the tension. Instructor: Victor

One-hour session
Cost: $100. Member Cost: $80.

For more information and scheduling, go to aqua4lifepdx.com

About Victor Barreda Pazos
After years of working in different realms of healthcare as a Physical Therapist in Europe, Victor became a Watsu professional in 2012 and a LMT in Oregon in 2016 (LMT#22189). He is trained in different bodywork techniques including Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Shiatsu, Craniosacral Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy, Maitland Manual Therapy, and Ayurvedic Massage. Victor views health holistically and incorporates his Western understanding of the human body with Eastern medicine. In each session with Victor, his clients can depend upon his full presence, intuitive touch, and connection to their specific aims and needs.

Watsu Open House Demo!

Thursday, April 5
12:00 - 7:00 pm
1/2 hour sessions: $30. AQ357 - 370

Watsu, offered by Aqua4Life, is used for deep relaxation and pain relief. It combines elements of muscle stretching, joint mobilization, massage, Shiatsu, and dance. One-on-one sessions with a therapist gently cradles, moves, stretches, and massages you in chest-deep warm water. Try it out at MJCC for a very low cost! Register at the Membership Services Desk.

Aquatic Group Exercise Classes

Classes held in our Main Pool

This no-to-low impact class is perfect for those looking to start a fitness routine or add variety to an existing one. The water provides buoyancy for support while you build a strong body. Great for rehabilitating after injuries. Main Pool
Monday - Friday 9:00 - 10:00 am
Saturday 9:15 - 10:15 am

Aqua Power
High energy routines let you burn the most calories while still enjoying a no-to-low impact workout. Get ready to heat it up in our cool pool! Main Pool
Tuesday/Thursday 7:30 - 8:30 am
Saturday 8:15 - 9:15 am

Masters Swimming
Keep fit and work out with masters swimming. Our masters swim program is led by a long-time member volunteer Ronald Cobb. Main Pool
Tuesday/Thursday 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Monday/Wednesday/Friday 6:00 - 7:15 am
Cost: $20/day. Member Cost: Free.

Classes held in our Warm Pool

Arthritis Exercise with the Arthritis Foundation
Warm water is the ideal environment for relieving arthritis pain and stiffness. This class will help you gain flexibility, range of motion, and strength while relieving pain. Also appropriate for persons without arthritis. Warm Pool
Monday-Friday 10:00 - 11:00 am

Please observe quiet time during Ai-Chi.
This meditative class combines deep breathing with progressive movements of the arms, legs, and torso. Based on Tai-Chi, Ai-Chi helps improve balance and range of motion and promotes relaxation and cardiovascular health. Warm Pool

Tuesday/Thursday 8:45 - 9:45 am

Water Fusion
Please observe quiet time during Water Fusion
Use the warm water to stretch far beyond ordinary limits. Drawing on the latest physiological knowledge, focus on breathing deeply, stretching, and relaxing. Warm Pool

Monday/Wednesday 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Aquatic Therapy
Private aquatic therapy offered by Laurie Shepard is perfect for anyone with injuries, chronic pain, limited mobility, or other conditions. Call to schedule a private session and find out for yourself the healing powers of the water. lilytherapies@gmail.com or 503.358.4383
1/2 hr. Cost: $55. Member Cost: $35.

Aqua Yoga
A new class in the pool! Introducing the Glide Fit, the perfect solution to shake up your Yoga workout! This unique floating fitness mat enables all participants to experience the benefits of core stabilization with the challenge of an uneven surface. An incredible workout with a splash of fun! Instructor: Amy,
Main Pool

Saturdays, April 14 - June 16
12:30 - 1:30 pm, FIT310
Cost: $140. Member Cost: $120.

Aqua Strength
A new class in the pool! Challenge yourself with the Glide Fit, think of doing a Body Shop workout class on an uneven surface! Planks, lunges, working with elastic bands, and more while floating on top of the water. An
incredible workout with a splash of fun!
Instructor: Alex, Main Pool

Saturdays, April 14 - June 16
11:30 am - 12:30 pm, FIT311
Cost: $140. Member Cost: $120.