The seasons come and go, as do the events, but there are a few constants at The Resort and one of them has been around as long as anyone can remember: Water Aerobics. We learned a bit of its history from Jody Hardin, who teaches one of the current sessions: “I’ve only taught for the last five years. It was Pat Miser who taught for… I don’t know how long, something like 30 years. When she hit her 90th birthday, she decided to go down to two days a week.” Pat eventually gave up her annual visits to The Resort and Jody tells us that Pat just celebrated her 96th birthday at her home in Washington state.
THE 7 O’CLOCK
“When Pat taught the seven o’clock class,” Jody added, “they called themselves the Polar Bears. People still ask, ‘Isn’t it cold?’ and I tell them that it’s cold getting in and getting out, but in the water it’s fine.” (The Resort’s pool is heated during the winter season.) Jody has always preferred the early start, but understands that not everyone wants to jump in the pool first thing in the morning. “Some people want to get up and have breakfast and then come to the pool.”
As for what goes on in the water, she described her typical class: “We start with some stretching, ten minutes at most, then we do whole-body exercises for the next 10-20 minutes, then 15-20 minutes on the wall, which is more leg oriented, and then 15 minutes using water barbells, for those who have them, which adds some resistance and some float.” That takes up the hour and then they turn the pool over to the next class, at eight. And it’s the one that will carry on throughout the summer.