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 September 27, 2003
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Local Company Helps People Get An "Underwater Workout"
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Running... Biking... They're both great ways of exercising, but they can be tough on our bodies.   Adding water can make these everyday exercises a lot more forgiving to our joints.

"We've seen a tremendous amount of interest in people doing different exercises in the water. One of those is treadmills," says SwimEx President Steven DaSilva.

That's right.  An underwater treadmill manufactured by SwimEx in Warren.  The company designs products for water-related fitness activities, including its new product the Aqua Bike.  Like the treadmill, the Aqua Bike is geared toward people looking to burn calories in a more forgiving environment.  Water provides an even amount of resistance which can reduce the risk of injuries. The key is to keep moving!

"It's a very similar experience to what you do on land. The only difference is you're in the water, so you're joints are in a very warm and buoyant environment so you don't necessarily have the pain associated with being on land," says DaSilva.

Instead of a wheel, the Aqua Bike has propeller-like paddles which can be adjusted to make the workout easier or harder.  It's a workout even personal trainer Kristine McPherson finds challenging.

"When you add the resistance of the water, you make the muscles associated with activity stronger," says McPherson.

These machines aren't just for people who have knee or other joint injuries. Anyone who enjoys the water can find these workouts very satisfying.  The bike costs $1,100.  The underwater treadmills range from $19-2,800.

For more information log on to www.swimex.com 

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