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“We built Fitness on the Water as a community to inspire individuals to feel their best by creating balance of mind, body and spirit. This holistic approach to improve overall wellness is the foundation of everything we offer,” explained Founder/Owner Heidi E. Kunzli, MS, LADC. “Count on us to provide a schedule of motivating fitness classes, educational workshops and personal training to achieve individual health goals in a space that is comfortable, challenging & non-intimidating.”
Located at 8 Novelty Lane in Essex Village with breathtaking views of the Connecticut River, and on Route 1 in Westbrook, Fitness on the Water is a private fitness studio operated by Essex Wellness Center. It offers a unique experience of peace and privacy as you work toward improved strength and physical health. Boaters and beachgoers find this a convenient place to get in a workout and women who feel self-conscious about going to “a gym” often find this to be a welcoming and motivating environment. Luxurious and private, Fitness on the Water offers specialized services accompanied by highly individualized expert attention.
The Fitness on the Water at Water’s Edge Resort is now OPEN! Come by and see us! Brand new space and equipment — highly experienced, longtime favorite Instructors! Come see Dana Brown, Kristine Ciardello, Jenn Konin, Susan Connelly, Hillary Kennedy and Joanne Platanos! Fully Equipped Studio – easily accessible right on Route 1 over the Old Saybrook-Westbrook line in Westbrook (Water’s Edge Resort)!
“…Hillary Kennedy is the Goddess of Barre Class – know that she has a CULT FOLLOWING. I LOVE her classes – (I am only one of her many devoted fans) – and Hillary is one of the ESSENTIAL reasons I succeeded in the Fitness Challenge. Hillary uses every second of her sixty minute class to work and stretch our muscles. She squeezes every bit of effort and strength from her participants – while keeping us safe and free from injury. That’s a very big deal. She is fun – and funny – and keeps a very strenuous class moving along nicely. Most importantly, she is an exceptional trainer. Her class is never the same, always super challenging, always working deeply into muscles long dormant. Hillary is completely vested in her participants, constantly correcting form, coaxing us to do better and to do more, ever vigilant. We leave Hillary’s Barre class exhausted, but exultant! Just call her “Goddess” for short…” – From “AS”, Essex
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Barre Class is a great way to lose weight, get firm and toned…..fast! This is a full body workout which uses a combination of postures inspired by ballet, yoga and Pilates. The barre is used as a prop to balance while doing exercises that focus on isometric strength training (holding your body still while you contract a specific set of muscles) combined with high reps of small range-of-motion movements. Light handheld weights are used to bring the burn during all those reps, as well as mats for targeted core work.
An indoor cycling class, (also known by its trademarked name, spinning), is one of the ultimate calorie burners! Our small indoor group cycling class will help you get fit fast, taking your fitness to the next level. Stationary bikes situated in our waterview studio provide a non-impact workout. Classes focus on endurance, strength, interval, and high intensity training. Indoor cycling is a low-impact activity. People recovering from orthopedic injuries often participate in indoor cycling as part of the rehabilitation protocol. When cycling is done correctly, there is minimal impact on the hip, knee, and ankle joints.
Tai Chi Chuan, also known as Tai Chi, Taiji, and Taijiquan, is an ancient Chinese martial art form that rejuvenates the body, soothes the mind, and strengthens the spirit. It is a mental and physical health practice for peaceful solution of everyday stressful situations. Health benefits include improved balance, circulation, energy, perceptual awareness, cognitive ability, coordination, flexibility, mental clarity, and a general sense of well-being. Tai Chi is a recognized complementary therapy for cancer, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s disease and chronic pain.
Favorite yoga instructor, Traci Costanzo offers gentle yoga classes connecting mind and body, while slowing down and releasing tension. This yoga class provides a soothing sequence to promote flexibility, create calm in the mind and restore balance and harmony in a mindful practice of breath, gentle movement and meditation. This yoga class is for all levels to enjoy.
For the experienced student or those seeking a challenging yoga workout, Traci, Lori, Melanie, and Elle offer Yoga Flow classes in Westbrook. Vinyasa flow sequences will create a focus on breathing and self-energy while targeting specific areas of the body.
A total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility. This 60-minute heart pumping, dance-loving goodness has an open invite to all. With powerful music and a room full of enthusiasm, any fears of being clumsy or not able to follow the instructor are quickly forgotten. Join shoreline favorite Becky to dance your butt off!