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Young swimmers and their families are putting their balance to the test in a fun, Australia-first workout at Splash Swimming School.
The Breakwater pool has been running its new Fitmat exercise for the past three weeks, says owner Kylee Clasper.
“Splash is currently the only place in Australia to run classes on Fitmats with a qualified teacher,” she says.
“It’s a complete core work out, based on Pilates and yoga. It’s low impact, and it improves muscle strength and balance.”
The Fitmats are firm, inflatable boards which balance on the pool while the participants go through their exercises.
“It’s like a lilo but non-slip and tethered to the poolside,” Kylee says.
“You’ve got to use your balance and all your core movements to work everything.”
The classes are designed for adults but are suitable for boys and girls 10 years and up.
“It’s an activity that mothers, fathers and their kids can do together,” Kylee says.
Several mothers describe the workout as fun and challenging on Splash’s Facebook page.
“The feedback we’ve had has been absolutely fantastic,” Kylee says.
And with the pool at 33 degrees Celsius, locals can stay nice and toasty all year round.
“Bookings are essential as we have six mats at the moment,” Kylee says.
“We are looking at doing Splash Fitmats at our Portarlington site as well.”
Fitmat classes run on a Wednesday at 2pm, 6.15pm and 7pm at Splash Swim School Breakwater.

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