All About Aqua Jogging: AQX Aquatic Shoes, Underwater Mp3 Players, Speedo
Belt, and a Workout!
I’ve been plagued with an injury while preparing to race the Ironman World
Championship of triathlon in Kona, Hawaii. The injury is called “IT Band Friction
Syndrome” and requires low-impact or non-weight bearing exercise to maintain fitness
until the knee is pain-free (alternative, highly non-attractive option is to run through the
pain and destroy your knee forever).
We’re talking about creating, non-traditional methods to maintain peak aerobic fitness
without causing damage to an injury. Research has shown that non-impact water
exercise offers this benefit, and this activity is utilized by quite a few pro triathletes and
marathoners. Consequently, at my triathlon training and racing blog
(http://bengreenfieldtri.blogspot.com), I have quite a few workout entries that include
the term “Aqua Jogging”. So what exactly is aqua jogging (AKA water running) and
how do you do it?
There are two different types of aqua jogging: 1) running in deep water where you
cannot touch bottom of pool; 2) running in shallow water with feet touching bottom of
The first method of aqua jogging is the “non-impact” version that I highly recommend
and that I will introduce in this post. The second version is relatively low-impact when
compared to running, but can still cause pain in the knees during the initial stages of
something like an IT band injury.
Non-impact aqua jogging requires a few different pieces of equipment:
1) Aquatic Shoes. I wear the AQX Aquatic Training shoe (pictured left). With
strategically placed vents and fins,these shoes allow you to achieve 2-3x the
cardiovascular intensity when compared to simply running in your bare feet. Trust me, I
also tried wearing an old pair of running shoes and they were soggy, heavy, and very
non-fluid. They actually hurt the knee. These shoes make it so easy to actually get your
heart rate up and keep it there, which for me was one of the more frustrating aspe