Aqua Jogging for Triathletes

triathlete jogging in the water
January 30, 2017

D3 Staff


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When you can't run, you can still run!

Aqua jogging, known also as water running, is deep water running in which the individual usually utilizes some sort of flotation aid, such as Aqua Jogger brand belts or Water Walker brand float shoes. Running in water is not just for the triathlete, it is for an aging or younger population seeking non-invasive exercise for maladies such as MS or even the recreational fitness participant. The most common use for deep water running is recovery from injury. It can also be used for building run base, cross training, improve running form, intervals, just to name a few benefits. Basically, it is an exceptional training alternative to land based running.

Aqua belts will keep you buoyant enough to where only your head will be above water, and keep the body in an upright vertical position at all speeds you choose to run. Running in the water allows a runner to increase running frequency or mileage without any pounding to the joints/muscles. The cooling effect of water keeps the body at low enough temperatures where a runner does not feel like he/she is sweating, so it is deceiving as caution should be taken to ensure proper hydration. There is resistance around the entire body, which will also work the arms more than land based running will. Designing a training program that includes water running is a wise investment in time, not just for rehabilitation reasons, but also for those with time constraints. One can fit in a half hour of aqua jogging (water running) before or after a swim workout, without having to change clothes or having to find a safe path during winter or darkness hours. The nine to five daily grind of most people's lives, does not allow for much activity if they have children or have cold/dangerous run conditions throughout long winters. Taking to the pool while the kids are in swim class or when the weather turns for the worse, is a great alternative to working around those challenges. While water running ranks right up with running in place such as on a treadmill for excitement, it can maintain or even improve aerobic fitness and burn fat. Proper form and cadence need to be utilized to maximize the effectiveness of your aqua jogging session. When using a heart rate monitor, one thing to remember is your HR (heart rate) is approximately ten percent lower than land running HR values. Cadence per minute is defined in this case, as stride frequency. Or, as the number of times the right (or left) leg cycles through a complete gait cycle over a one minute period.

Some common cadence ranges per minute (CPM) when compared to the land equivalent running (in parenthesis) are:

50-59 (walk)

60-69 (jogging)

70-80 (brisk run)

80-90 (5K+ pace)

90+ (intervals)

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