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Digital Subscriptions > Healthy Magazine > December/January 2018 > CLASS CRASHERS FLOAT FIT


→Planking in the pool? healthy writer Samantha Simmonds discovers what happens when HIIT meets surfing

I’m no surfer. Went water skiing on a school trip once. Well, was dragged headfirst around a lake a couple of times: not an experience I’ve ever been keen to repeat. When the invitation to road test the new Float Fit class at Westminster’s Dolphin Fitness Club plopped into my inbox almost two decades later, however, I was just about ready to test my sea legs once more.

Inspired by the popularity of stand up paddleboard (SUP) yoga, AquaPhysical are taking things a step, a squat and a jumping lunge further than your standard sun salutation, on a mission to rebrand water-based exercise. The benefits of working out in water (light on impact; heavy on resistance) are well-documented, but ‘aqua aerobics’ is still seen as, well, more seniors-and-winter-sun than Shoreditch fitness hipster. Enter water-based HIIT. All the benefits of high-intensity interval training with rock-like balance and an iron core thrown in for good measure? Sold.

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Celebrate a more meaningful Christmas this year with our special Christmas issue of Healthy. Inside you'll find ways to enjoy the big day that are more conscious, stress-free and will make you feel happier. We have recipes for a vegetarian Christmas feast so delicious that everyone will want some! Our beauty section will get you looking your party best - naturally! Plus, how to spot if you're stressed, give up alcohol for a month, and ways to help you manage arthritis. Find out more in the brand new issue of Healthy!