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Swimming Like a Mermaid [Fitness Friday]

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Several months ago I was invited to check out AquaMermaid Chicago. After seeing it on several other blogs I was VERY interested! A swim workout that is as much about play as it is about swimming? Yes, please. Even though I’ve done several sprint triathlons, swimming is still not my favorite. But playing around in the water? I’m totally down with that. It took us a while to find a date that worked, but once we did I was IN!

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Photo courtesy of AquaMermaid Chicago

(that’s me in the pinkish red tail!)

The lessons currently take place at the UIC student rec center on their west campus which is just an easy Divvy bike ride from me. It was really chilly the day I went, though, so I was happy that Emily joined me and that she drove. I didn’t really factor in biking home with wet hair!

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Thanks to Emily for the photo!

I fully admit that the logistics of putting on a mermaid tail are a bit weird and it took the instructor a bit to get around to helping all of us. If you go, be sure to get there early! But not too early (like me) since they tend to have classes back-to-back and you might be standing around awkwardly for a bit.

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First you put your feet into the fin and adjust the straps around the backs of your heels. I have weird feet that are wide at the front and super narrow in the back so I struggled the whole class to keep my fin on! They recommend that if you have smaller feet to wear water socks or neoprene booties. I wish I’d had some. They might have helped.

Anyway, once you have your fin adjusted you actually take your feet out and pull on the tail. It has a zipper on the bottom that you then put the fin into, place your feet in the fin, and zip it up. Ta da! You’re now a mermaid!

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A mermaid who wears goggles. And a nose clip. But still a mermaid!

Once you’re in the water you basically have to learn to swim with your core and your legs. After spending two years trying to learn how to swim WITHOUT using my legs as much, this was quite challenging for me. I started to get the hang of it right at the end but, man, it was more difficult than I expected.

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Photo courtesy of AquaMermaid Chicago

We learned to swim through hoops underwater, do somersaults and underwater flips, and, of course, handstands. If you take more classes  you eventually learn to do some synchronized swimming as well as some more advanced tricks.

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Photo courtesy of AquaMermaid Chicago

One of which should be how to take a good underwater photo. This was our best attempt.

Anyway, this was a fun thing to try! Especially if you love being in the water but hate swimming laps. They do classes for all ages, too, so if you have nieces (or nephews!) this would be a fun thing to do with them.  If you’re uncomfortable in deep water they have pool noodles to help out or you can just ask to stay in the shallow end.

If you’re interested in learning more, you can visit AquaMermaid Chicago on Facebook,  Instagram or on their website. You can even buy your own mermaid tail!

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Thank you to AquaMermaid Chicago for having me! And, yes, they let me take the class free of charge but all opinions are my own.

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A little behind on my marathon training summaries, so here’s two weeks in a row.

  • Monday 11/21 – 6 mile run + lower body strength workout
  • Tuesday 11/22 – Upper body strength workout
  • Wednesday 11/23 – 4×800 treadmill run + lower body strength workout
  • Thursday 11/24 – 6 mile run
  • Friday 11/25 – 3.5 mile walk
  • Saturday 11/26 – 12 mile run
  • Sunday 11/27 – Rest
  • Monday 11/28 – 6 mile run + lower body strength workout
  • Tuesday 11/29 – Upper body strength workout
  • Wednesday 11/30 – 8×400 treadmill intervals (6 miles total)
  • Thursday 12/1 – Upper body strength workout + 6 mile run
  • Friday 12/2 – Lower body strength workout
  • Saturday 12/3 – 14 mile run
  • Sunday 12/4 – Rest

3 replies on “Swimming Like a Mermaid [Fitness Friday]

  1. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions

    I believe I said this on Emily’s post, but I’ll say it here as well: this looks both super cool and super terrifying. Just the idea of having my legs strapped together while trying to swim makes me anxious! I’m super impressed with how much you guys learned in one class! I have difficultly doing most of those tricks just swimming under regular circumstances, never mind as a mermaid. Nice work!

  2. Melissa

    I’m with Bethany (above)….thinking about having my legs constricted like that makes me VERY VERY anxious, even just reading it!! I would be so afraid I would drown!!

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