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Chenango Water Exercise Group (CWEG)
aquatic exercise and fitness for all
Classes are offered three days a week, on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings, and cover a wide variety of intensity levels. Our portable lift and easy-access stairs provide access to every area of the pool. Trained volunteer staff can work one-on-one with physically challenged patrons to ensure that every member meets their personal fitness goals.

Class offerings can change, so call us to discover to discover which activities you might want to join today!

We also have plenty of lanes available if you prefer to swim laps. 


TIA CHI 9:20 -10:00
While many may be familiar with Tai Chi, our class puts the participant in an aquatic environment and incorporates the same principles of this traditional ancient Chinese form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and is accompanied by deep breathing. It was introduced to CWEG as a way to destress while moving through the water instead of on land. The resistance that the water provides improved flexibility, balance, and aerobic capacity. By doing the flowing exercises and focusing on deep slow breathing many feel that they experience less stress and a calmer demeanor.
While our class is small, it is led by one of our volunteers and is conducted in the shallow end of the pool in shoulder deep water. No equipment is necessary and the activity lasts about 30 minutes. Their goal is not to get their heart rate up tremendously  high but to keep the body in a long flowing, continuous motion for a sustained period of time while increasing balance and flexibility.

This may not be for everyone. But because it is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints it makes it safe for all ages and fitness levels. In fact, it may be especially suitable for those who join CWEG with the intent of starting an exercise program. Those who do participate report that they like starting their day with an exercise that is soothing and relaxing but that gives them the benefits of a workout!
  

GENERAL FITNESS 8:45-9:30
When the Chenango Water Exercise Group (CWEG) was started in February of 1981, aside from the individual clients that our founder Mark Randall worked with, an aquatic exercise class was begun. That class still operates today and is, remarkably, led by the same volunteer over these last 36 years: he is Dick Lenhart.
         
Precisely at 10:00 on all three days CWEG meets, Dick begins his class with a daily joke. After a few chuckles/groans he launches in to his routine of general exercises. Beginning with a warm-up and then focusing on arm and leg movements, the participants move through the shallow end of Lineberry Pool for 45 minutes, ending with a cool down and a “S-t-r-e-t-c-h”.
         
Members often times will combine this class with another as there are aspects of Dick’s routine that they particularly like, for example the use of the kickboards for added resistance during the upper body portion of the class.

GENERAL FITNESS 8:45-9:30
We have another general fitness class that runs from 8:45 until 9:30. Another long-time volunteer, Bob Fetzko leads this group and while it is similar to the 10:00 class, participants can get their workout in a bit earlier. Bob is often time surrounded by his ladies who seem to enjoy that time slot.
         
Both classes provide the constant resistance of moving through the water and the benefits of the hydro static pressure on circulation, all while increasing heartrate and improved endurance. Exercises are geared toward improving one’s flexibility and range of motion which helps with our everyday activities.
         
Many thanks to both these men for their service to CWEG over the years. Their dedication to this program is one of the many things that make CWEG such a great place to come and get fit!




           Because we have the use of the entire Lineberry Natatorium we here at the Chenango Water Exercise Group (CWEG) can offer options in all areas of the pool. This means lap swimmers are doing their thing while others are taking a deep-water walking class, while still others are exercising in the shallow end.
          The classes in the shallow end of the pool allow participants to ease into the water and keep their heads dry as they go through their routines. We have different options in this area with general fitness, Tai Chi, and at 9:30 and10:30 we offer a shallow water aerobics classes. These are similar to the deep water classes but you have your feet on the ground, at least most of the time.
          In the shallow end the instructors use a lot of equipment to enhance the effort in the water and get the heart rate up for the endurance portion of the workout. Noodles, buoys, and steps are all a part of this class. Occasionally there is a bit of aquatic square dancing and singing is frequently heard during these sessions.
          For the most part the deep and shallow classes are similar in their make-up but some prefer the workout in the suspended state in the deep with and belt on and others feel that they get a better workout when they are pushing off the bottom of the pool.
          Whichever way one decides to go they both focus on improving the endurance, flexibility and range of motion that is so important in our day-to-day lives. After 45 minutes in the water on a regular basis one can really reap the benefits of this kind of exercise! Come give a try!