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Best Aquatic Fitness Centers In Central Oregon

Best Aquatic Fitness Centers in Central Oregon

The best aquatic fitness centers in Central Oregon have become my new exercise salvation!  I wish I had thought of this form of exercise sooner as I would have saved myself a lot of aches and pains.

Having recently completed a 2-month course of physical therapy because of problems with my back and leg which is a recurrent problem I began to think about what I could do to overcome the chronic pain problems and flare-ups that were starting to affect my life.

As much as I try to stay active, the walking programs, gym exercises, treadmills and stationary bikes were not working - no matter what program I tried. I am literally "doggedly" fixated on being able to continue to urban mush my malamutes but with the amount of havoc I was creating to my body, it was recommended that I quit.

My motto is never be a quitter. Thankfully, I latched onto the thought that perhaps water exercise or water aerobics could save me - and I believe I've found the solution!

Let's examine a bit about aquatic fitness and then come along with me on a tour of the best aquatic fitness centers in Central Oregon.

Juniper Swim and Fitness Center - Picture by Audrey Kirchner

Juniper Swim and Fitness Center - Picture by Audrey Kirchner

Aquatic Fitness and What It Can Do For You

Before we tour the 3 facilities of Central Oregon, let's just see why water aerobic exercise works.

Many years ago, after a broken shin bone, it was recommended that I do water aerobic exercise in order to stay in shape so I could return to playing soccer.  I was not enrolled this time in a class but I had a trainer who prescribed a workout at the local pool which would keep me in shape yet take the burden off my broken bone.

On remembering the above scenario at the beginning of this summer, I decided I really had nothing to lose...except pain and I had all to gain like mobility, strength and endurance. I decided to give it a try.  I'm happy to report, I have found my niche.  I'm still going strong and have returned to urban mushing!

Mechanics of aquatic workouts:

  • In water aerobic fitness, there is no stress on any joint in your body - this means that pregnant women can do it, elderly people can do it and people with chronic ailments such as arthritis or muscular or tendon injuries like fibromyalgia can do it
  • People who have had joint replacements can participate in this form of exercise without pain or worry
  • Water absorbs about 80% of your body weight making it easy to work your muscles through ranges of motion that would be impossible on land
  • Water provides 12 times the resistance of air so consider the possibilities of doing a triceps curl in the water or a leg lift
  • Both sides of the joints and muscles are worked under water so for instance, a biceps curl actually is working biceps and triceps
  • Walking in water is double the workload of walking on land with none of the impact. The same is true of water jogging
  • Lungs that are under water have to breathe harder and expand lungs more increasing lung capacity
  • Despite the increased resistance that water creates, it is still healthier for the heart because the water shifts body heat better than air (thus no sweating) and there is less stress on the body. Due to decreased pressure in the water (hydrostatic) and decreased gravity while in the water, blood flow is less stressed throughout the body making it easier for blood to pump back to the heart. However, even in spite of this fact, cardiac output is the same as working on land but way less stressful - making it idea for cardiac patients

Benefits of aquatic fitness:

  • Comfort - water provides soothing comfort to bones and joints and literally makes you feel as if you are in a different, painless world
  • Fun - exercising to music for instance in an aquatic fitness center is really the same as dancing or dance exercise - or running and listening to an iPod
  • Fitness - exercising 3-5 times per week for 50-60 minutes in an aquatic fitness program will increase your fitness remarkably. You will lose inches and pounds and find that you have more energy and less pain
  • Therapy - exercising in water in an aquatic fitness program is pure therapy as it allows you to recover use of muscles, bones and joints that you did not have before or keeps your muscles, bones and joints in tiptop condition if you don't have any problems. Specially tailored programs can also help someone recover from a specific injury or insult such as a stroke and the results are phenomenal
  • Stress relief - working out in water is a fantastic way to reduce stress and anxiety. You may be stressed when you start your aquatic fitness program but you definitely won't be after exercising
  • Comfort - if you arrive to your exercise program feeling tired and lethargic, you won't leave feeling that way. You will feel totally alive and rejuvenated, then relaxed - sleeping soundly should not be an issue
  • Socialization - if you do a water fitness program such as the ones outlined below, you inevitably will meet other people of all age groups and levels of fitness. It is sometimes more fun and passes the time quicker if you have other people in a class with you. However, working on your own in any water situation can also be just as beneficial

Aquatic Fitness Facts and Advice

Whether it is a class of middle-aged to elderly people, individual instruction in a pool or lake, or a workout that you have devised on your own that you do in a pool, lake or training tank, all of these situations are perfect for an aquatic fitness program:

People benefiting from aquatic fitness:

  • Athletes who are cross training - you don't even have to know how to swim to train in the water. You build endurance and you can work out to your heart's content without sustaining muscle, bone or tendon injuries
  • Pregnant women, postpartum women or people suffering from obesity - a great way to increase circulation and correct potential posture bad habits also staying fit and toning muscles. It also can enhance your self image since it allows you to move in the water in ways that you cannot on land
  • People recovering from joint replacement surgery, shoulder surgeries, back surgeries, or tendon ruptures - no pain and much gain
  • Anyone experiencing problems with balance - working with bouyancy improves balance
  • Someone recovering from a stroke or heart attack - consult a physician first to outline an appropriate level program for instructors at an aquatic fitness center
  • Anyone wanting to tone muscles, lose weight and participate in an exercise program that is relaxing but not taxing to the body

Equipment for aquatic exercise programs:

  • Swimsuit or other acceptable swim wear
  • Swim shoes if you feel the need as pool bottoms can be somewhat rough
  • Membership or pass if you join an aquatic fitness center
  • Bag for your clothes and clothes to change into if desired when done
  • Flotation devices are most often provided by the fitness center as well as weights

To-do list for aquatic fitness programs:

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  • Like any other exercise program, take care of yourself beforehand - a fitness program of any kind can't fix problems if we don't adhere to a healthy lifestyle
  • Always get plenty of rest - essential to good health and well being
  • Don't overdo on the caffeine - especially before exercise
  • Take care with hair and skin - showering and shampooing is important with water fitness
  • Drink plenty of water

Types of aquatic fitness styles and programs:

  • Deep water aerobic fitness - working in deep water increases resistance, brings up your heart rate and increases the aerobic benefit of aquatic exercise
  • General aquatic fitness classes - these generally are a mix of deep water and shallow water exercise
  • Shallow water aquatic fitness classes - these isolate many muscles and joints and work on toning as much as aerobic activity
  • Swim training equipment such as stepper and twister, water treadmill or tread cycle, water workout stations. These are usually specific to certain aquatic fitness centers or sports medicine therapy facilities and are also great ways to train and work on specific muscles and joints - or are available for home purchase

Now let's go have a look at the facilities available in Central Oregon and what's available at each one!

Photo by Audrey Kirchner

Photo by Audrey Kirchner

Prineville Pool - Crook County Parks & Recreation

The Prineville pool is operated by the Crook County Parks and Recreation Department and is located in downtown Prineville in beautiful Ochoco Park. It is an outdoor pool and is only open during summer months, mid June through the first week in September.

The Prineville pool is 80 x 45 and is used for public swim, family lap swim, swim meets and swim team practice.

From mid June to the first week in September, water aerobics are offered twice per day - a noon class for 1 hour and a 5:45 p.m. class for 1 hour - $30 for 3 weeks. There are 4 sessions of 3 weeks and the classes are generally Mondays through Thursdays though sometimes due to weather, there will be makeup classes on Fridays.

The pool is open for lap swims and various family swim times throughout the hours of operation as noted below.

This is where I started with my aquatic fitness program and the great thing about the Prineville pool is that you are outside.  While working out, you can enjoy the magnificent Central Oregon weather and on a blistering 100 degree day, you have a place to jump in and cool down.

Of course, you also can be rained on and forced to evacuate the pool due to thunderstorms - one of the disadvantages of swimming outside in Central Oregon!


Monday through Thursday 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Swim aerobics - 3 week session for $30 - 4 times per week Mondays through Thursdays
Most other swim fees are $3 per session

Phone:  541.447.1209

Madras Aquatic Center - free WiFi

Madras Aquatic Center - free WiFi

Photo Credit:  Flickr Rachel Wentechaney

Madras Aquatic Center

The Madras Aquatic Center is a relatively new facility in the city of Madras which is northeast of Bend. This facility is state of the art and the west side of the facility is completely ceiling to floor windows giving the pool an incredibly gorgeous feel of being outside even though you are indoors!

This facility is a 6-lane competitive quality swimming pool and there are many options available at the Madras Aquatic Center.

Schedules do change throughout the year, so be sure and call or go on-line for exact schedules during any season.

The Madras Aquatic Center offers lap swim, swim aerobics classes, Rusty Hinges (specialty class for arthritis), Madras Aquatic Center masters, Arthritis Foundation, recreational swim, mommy and me recreational swim, river work-out classes, and family night swim times. They also offer party options and pool rentals which is a very popular option for families with children.

To participate at Madras Aquatic Center, you have many options.  Check the prices on line as they do offer different things from time to time but here are some of their payment options:

  • Daily pay as you go
  • Punch cards - both in-district and out-of-district - 10 visits any time
  • Madras Aquatic Center membership - in-district and out-of-district - reduced rates on classes and swim times
  • Senior discounts
  • Couples discounts
  • Family discounts
  • Fitness classes for adults
  • Fitness classes for seniors
  • Rusty Hinges classes
  • Arthritis Foundation classes
  • Swimming lessons for all ages and levels

Madras Aquatic Center is also home to swim meets and competitions of different kinds such as triathlons.  For more information, again check on-line.

Phone: 541.475.4253

Water aerobics class for seniors - Public domain image

Water aerobics class for seniors - Public domain image

Cascade Swim Center of Redmond Parks and Recreation District

The Cascade Swim Center is located in Redmond and is part of the Redmond Area Park and Recreation District.

The Cascade Swim Center is closed throughout most of the month of September on an annual basis for draining and maintenance but after the end of September, it opens back up and is in full swing throughout the year. This is also the swim home of the Redmond High School swim team and the only time that the pool is generally not available is when there are swim meets going on.

The pool in Redmond is available for rentals and party bookings.

Some classes at the Cascade Swim Center offered:

  • Water Babies for ages 6 months to 3 years
  • Lap swim and masters swim times
  • Family night
  • Water exercise of several levels
  • Recreational swim
  • Swim lessons
  • Swim team
  • Specialty swim classes like Rusty Hinges
  • Therapy walking lane
  • Mechanical lift


  • General admission - pay by ticket
  • 10 visit punch cards - in-district and out-of-district
  • Ticket book - in-district and out-of-district
  • Drop-in classes for aqua aerobics and Rusty Hinges
  • Group swim lessons

You can also buy swimming pool passes in-district and out-of-district for 6 or 12 months for individuals, families, children, senior or disabled persons. You can also purchase monthly aerobic passes or monthly water fit combo passes, which are a combination of aerobics and lap swim.

Again, the pool is closed during September each year and for water polo matches and swim meets for the high school.

Phone: 541.548.7275

Picture by Audrey Kirchner

Picture by Audrey Kirchner

Juniper Swim and Fitness Center of Bend

The Juniper Swim and Fitness Center is owned and operated by the Bend Parks and Recreation Department. Year round, the Juniper pool sports not one but two swimming pools, a hot tub, a children's pool and an on-land fitness center. 

The Juniper Swim and Fitness Center is for all ages and all abilities and they offer a wide variety of classes and specialty training as well.

One of the pools is an 'outdoor' pool but is able to be covered for winter. You still can enjoy the feeling of being outside but without the snow and cold!

Juniper Swim and Fitness Center has the most extensive and varied aquatic fitness program available in Central Oregon because they have back-to-back classes of all levels throughout the week and at varied times. It would be impossible not to find a class that fits your needs and your schedule. 

Some options offered:

  • Masters swim level classes
  • Lap swim
  • Family swim
  • Open recreational swim
  • Swim lessons for all ages and abilities
  • Therapy swim  - lift available
  • Baby and kids swim time
  • Personal training
  • Deep water fitness
  • Water running fitness
  • Prenatal fitness
  • Swim classes


These vary according to the season and what program.  Check on-line or call the office for more information on schedules for the current season but their hours are extensive.


  • Couples - in-district or out-of-district
  • Senior - in-district or out-of-district
  • Family memberships in and out of district
  • Swim lessons - all levels
  • Punch cards for 10 visits - in and out of district
  • Monthly passes in and out of district, senior and adult passes, children's passes
  • Aerobic swim passes on many different levels and discounts, in and out of district
  • Yearly memberships for in and out of district, couples, seniors and children

Call the office or stop by and have them give you the plan that suits your needs best. They have so many available, one will be right for you.

Phone: 541.389.7665

Best Aquatic Fitness Centers in Central Oregon

No matter which pool you choose or at what time of year, there is always something going on in Central Oregon in terms of aquatic fitness centers. Depending on your schedule and your fitness level, you can pretty much be assured that somewhere in this great part of the country, you are going to be able to find a fitness program that works for you.

I have personally found that aquatic fitness is the way to go and think it benefits people of all ages and all physical abilities. There is simply nothing that you can't work on in the water and the benefits seem in my mind to be outstanding.

There is none of the pulled muscle feeling even doing crunches or squats. There is none of the tired feeling or aching in your muscles from doing repetitive curls.

There are no lasting effects from doing bursts of deep water running on your legs or feet. This form of exercise is simply miraculous in terms of healing properties.

If you have any problems with bones, joints or muscles, you have to experience it to believe how good you can feel.  I could tell a difference after just one week of aquatic exercise and it has only gotten better.

I urge you to check out one of the aquatic fitness centers in Central Oregon or in your home town.  Whatever program you select, I don't think you'll be sorry.

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Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on September 21, 2010:

LPS - Thanks again for the comments and for reading. Whatever helps us all is the ultimate goal!

LPStarr from near my computer :P on September 21, 2010:

So, you choose topics that relate to you as a person and say what you know, as well as research other stuff. Well done. I hope you don't mind if I learn from you and use some of your order of things in my next hub (like, I never thought to link to others' hubs, but that is GREAT)!

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on September 18, 2010:

Thanks Purple Perl for stopping by and for your wonderful comments - you are too kind but I readily accept your kudos as they make me feel so good! Thanks again and wish you did have such a facility - it has truly made all the difference for me and I wish everyone could have such a good thing in their life!

Esther Shamsunder from Bangalore,India on September 17, 2010:

akirchner, you are one hubber I love congratulating and never tire of it. Wonderfully done hub and superb explanation on the benefits of aquatic fitness,something I was not aware of. Wish we had such facilities in Bangalore, where I live.

Congratulations,once again,and hope to keep congratulating. Love your hubs!

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on September 17, 2010:

Prasetio - thanks so much for the kind comments as usual - and if you ever do come to Oregon, look me up and we will go together!

Ken - no more diving for me - I only slither down the steps and drop into the pool but even doing that, I've managed to smack my ankles not once but twice! I am always entertainment for the rest of the class but so far, so good!

Dawn - thanks so much for the read and the kind comments as well. It is a great subject for me because I'm totally sold on it!

Petra - thanks so much for saying that. I've only lived here for 6 years but vacationed here for 9 before that. I truly LOVE this part of the country and I hope that shows!

Crewman - too funny - we have NO pool but that outdoor pool that is open for 3 months in Prineville and it is being held together with a bandaid basically. One of these days we may have an aquatic center but driving 45 minutes each way seems a small price to pay for a healthy life. I have exercise machines up the ying-yang but swimming is the ticket for me at this point I think. Thanks so much for the read!!

Crewman6 on September 17, 2010:

This is pretty darn cool. I love to swim. Just my bad luck to live in a town without an aqua center. There is a public pool, but I'm a real stay-at-home. That's why all my exercise gear is 'back-yard-ready'. As always, a fresh and interesting view from you. Thanks!

Petra Vlah from Los Angeles on September 17, 2010:

I am happy to vote for you not because our friend De Greek said so, but because through a series of great hubs you have done more than the local Chamber of Commerce in presenting the beauty of Oregon and bringing it to the attention of many. Best of luck, you deserve to win.

Dawn Michael from THOUSAND OAKS on September 17, 2010:

Wow Audrey, what a hub packed full of information, pictures, research! the amount of work that went into this artilce is amazing. I am all for exercise and what ever form it takes to do it hats off to you, I enjoy swimming as well. The place looks amazing, I just want to fly out there today and jump

saddlerider1 on September 17, 2010:

Audrey you out did yourself with this hub, your research was excellent on this subject. Land exercise and hockey playing has been mostly my exercising programs for the past 40 years, however there was a spell where I was a dedicated swimmer, working out no less than 3 times per week at our lap pool. It was so much fun and it kept me nicely toned and my cardiovascular was at peak performance.

When we start to reach middle age and beyond it is important that we stay in shape and these programs you show here are great alternatives to land exercising. I am glad you didn't report that you dove into the shallow end on your first visit and knocked your head, like you did at one time on one of your adventures:0)) The videos you included were fantastic, I wish I still was as slim as that lass performing those water exercises:0) NOT lol

This was a very informative hub and I not only vote this UP...I voted for this in the hub contest. Good luck with the contest you are deserving of a win. Peace and hugs, now go get your feet wet or should I say your whole body:0)

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on September 17, 2010:

Another great hub from you. Even I live in Indonesia, far away from Oregon but I am glad to read information from you. If I have a chance to visit Oregon someday, I'll come to this place. I enjoy the video. Thank you very much.


Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on September 16, 2010:

Thanks so much for your beautiful comment, Laurel - and what a treat that would be to see the stars while exercising. I'm just so grateful I found this great way to exercise!

GMAGoldie - so true about the heart rate and water aerobics and thanks so much for all your great comments! I'm very thankful that I found this form of exercise and just want everyone to know about it!

Kelly Kline Burnett from Madison, Wisconsin on September 16, 2010:

Awesome and very thorough! Great Hub! Water exercise is so under utilized. It is not for Gma anymore - pun definitely intended here!

Loved the map and all the details!

If I might add a benefit of swim fitness would also be "heart happy" - due to the hydrostatic pressure our resting heart rate drops giving us the pleasure of working harder without feeling the full exertion.

I track my resting heart rate closely and it is amazing - when I am in shape it is 64, if I slow down and ignore my body, my resting heart rate is 94 - I am not normal though - I had open heart surgery and still have a heart murmur.

Wonderful, wonderful Hub - kudos! Looking forward to reading more.

Laurel Rogers from Bishop, Ca on September 16, 2010:

You are a wonder, Audrey! I see you've pretty much cornered the market with these Central Oregon hubs-amazing!

On this topic, last year just before my total hip replacement surgery, I was encouraged to attend water aerobics classes nearby. What a beautiful experience! What I mean is that the pool is open-aired at the foot of the Sierras, so as I exercised, I watched the stars and mountain peaks, literally! Maybe I should steal your ideas here...

This hub is fabulous, Audrey, I can't imagine anyone denying Griffin entry-the people there must be mad!

Now I'm off to vote.

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on September 16, 2010:

Thanks MPG - too cool - I know! Hopefully you will get back to swimming -it is like I found a long lost friend and I could just slap myself in the head some days - as in why didn't I think of this before? Great exercise!

Maria Giunta from Sydney, Australia on September 16, 2010:

You are doing so well Audrey and look 100! How good is that! This hub is making me want to take up swimming again, which I should be able to do soon as its starting to warm up down here. Yay! Might be able to fit in a class here and there too.

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on September 15, 2010:

Thanks for the good luck wishes, Steph! Isn't that class really good? We did that last night there and it was the first time since I've been doing it that I turned red! But it felt great and can't complain about a great workout.

Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on September 15, 2010:

Good luck in the finals! I thought of you a few days ago when I tried out water running for the first time at Juniper... ;-)

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on September 15, 2010:

Thanks Om for the read - it's really easy to write about Central Oregon as it is such a great place to live!

Om Paramapoonya on September 15, 2010:

You did it again! Congrats! It was a fun read, and I like the videos as well. Thumbs up! :)

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on September 14, 2010:

Thanks MMP for the read - I'm especially thrilled because it is my new 'hype'. I tell everyone I know about the benefits of swim exercise as it is SO good for you. Good working with you in the contest!

MyMastiffPuppies on September 14, 2010:

Congratulations! Great job and it looks like so much fun! I love the pool and swimming, just don't get to go as much as I would like. Looks like y'all have several good choices in Oregon. Congrats again on all of your hard work!

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on September 13, 2010:

Dang - I keep missing these wins - but thanks for keeping me on the up and up! I'll have to go check it out!

Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on September 13, 2010:

Congrats on a great win! I agree with Simone - I figured you had a fantastic aquatic fitness centers hub up your sleeves. ;-)

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on September 13, 2010:

Thanks so much, Simone - I just love writing about things I'm passionate about I guess and once I get going, it's hard to quit!

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on September 13, 2010:

Wow akirchner, once again, you've written an amazing, all-encompassing guide! The original pictures are great, and I LOVE the aquatic exercise tips you've given. Yeesh- I don't know how you do it!

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on September 13, 2010:

HH - love the swimming and look forward to it 4 days a week. If I could justify driving there 7 days per week I probably would! It is such a great feeling to be without pain and able to work out to your heart's content that I'm just sold!

Hello, hello, from London, UK on September 13, 2010:

Wow, you definitely done your round and showed such beautiful aquatic fitness centres. I don't know, how you can tear yourself away from hub?

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on September 12, 2010:

Thanks, Katie for the read - absolutely love it and surprised I didn't think of this form of great exercise sooner. Must have had something to do with all my water mishaps!

Katie McMurray from Ohio on September 12, 2010:

Who doesn't love water, the aquatic fitness centers in central Oregon are useful to those of us of all ages, water is a great retreat anytime. Thank You!

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on September 12, 2010:

Lela - like your new avatar!! We paid for a month so that is our would be SO easy to not go because getting in the car and driving for 45 min to 1 hour each way is NOT so fun - especially when the snow starts to fly but we are motivated, hear us roar! I just love it and since I started this summer, I feel like a new girl - and now I can anticipate mushing again so gotta do it!! If I don't, where would I get the stuff for all my hubs - funny and serious?

Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on September 12, 2010:

Hi Audrey, aquatic exercise is the only exercise I will do and feel comfortable with. There is a Gold's gym right across the street from where I work with a lap pool. The problem I have is making myself go. I'm so lazy.

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on September 11, 2010:

Thanks, Faye for dropping by and for the read!

Benny Faye Ashton Douglass from Gold Canyon, Arizona on September 11, 2010:

Thank you Audrey for a wonderful and awesome hub on aquatic fitness hub, Water is a great idea. Thank you for sharing. Godspeed. creativeone59

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on September 11, 2010:

BJ - Isn't it just the best exercise ever?? I can't believe I didn't think of it before - although I'm still kicking myself that we moved to a 1-horse town that only has a pool open for 3 months out of the year! That really kinda sucks and all that since now we are driving 1 hour each way 4 times per week to swim - but it's all good. It gives Bob and I quality time to bond - and Griffin is always along for the ride so we sing malamute songs - ha ha ha ha.

Only wish they'd let Griffin come in and swim - what's up with that? I need to work more on his swimming potential of course but they just won't hear of it.

I love your rendition of hoots and whistles - that is spectacular. We actually have been going to the 'deep water' exercise classes and 'running' classes which are REALLY tough - but it's all good. I haven't passed out yet or made a fool out of myself (yet) - although every time I look over at Bob, he is laughing at me. I truly do NOT understand how I can be so comical when I'm concentrating so hard on working out....because I want to mush SO BAD I can feel it! I'm tired of being the videographer and the camera woman.

Mushing aside though, it's awesome to be doing something and literally be able to spring out of a chair again or spring out of the pool - after tripping over the top step OF COURSE. I also ALMOST grabbed the wrong guy the other night, too (that's the story I'm sticking with) because I can't do the water thing with my glasses on. I thought he looked like Bob but he wasn't Bob - good lord - I'm getting as bad as my poor son with the visual impairment....I might have walked off with him and gotten into the wrong car but he looked at me funny and then started to run! I'm a magnet for disaster, don't ya think?

Thanks as always for the read and the wonderful comments!

drbj and sherry from south Florida on September 11, 2010:

Beautiful-looking hub, Audrea, with extensive detail and important information about aquatic fitness. Since I live in an area which is fairly warm all year 'round - actually it's so humid in the summer, it feels like you're walking in water when you're on dry land - early on I decided to take advantage of the swimming pool near my building.

I love swimming but can tire easily so for the last several years have confined my pool activity to aquatic exercises. Some are those in the first superb video you presented and some are my own invention. When I do the former, I resemble (?) Esther Williams (remember her?). When I do the latter, spectators have been known to hoot and whistle and make scatological comments. Not to worry. At my age, any attention is welcome.

Delighted that this form of exercise appears to be working for you, too, and that you can once again mush merrily with the Malamutes. You go, girl!

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on September 11, 2010:

Thanks for the read, Pamela - they are all unique but all get the job done!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 11, 2010:

Great hub on this topic. It sounds like a great fitness center.

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on September 11, 2010:

Steph - Thanks so much for the read and the comments. I just love it because much as I love dry land exercising, dry land doesn't like me apparently as much anymore. Whatever it takes to get me back to being able to ride a scooter or a sled, I'm on it! Thanks too for pointing out the OTHER great things about Juniper that passes me by these days like childcare, playgrounds, etc!

CM - Thanks and it is a great place to work out. I did love the summer workouts at the Prineville pool though!

DIM - I'm just trying to get y'all to come visit me! Is it working?

De Greek from UK on September 11, 2010:

You keep writing hubs for everyone fut us poor peasants from across the pond! Trying to make us feel jealous? :-)))

carolina muscle from Charlotte, North Carolina on September 10, 2010:

wow... nicely done, and chock full of good info!!!!

Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on September 10, 2010:

Great hub again, Audrey!! I am mostly a "dry-land" exerciser, but I have to agree that Juniper Swim and Fitness is a great all-around place to workout here in Bend! Love their classes, childcare, playground and swimming pools. Thumbs up!

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