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Swimming and Deep Water Running

As part of the HPL infrastructure and membership we offer both swimming and Deep Water Running classes at WVU Natatorium's. Finding the perfect exercise regimen can be difficult. Running might be too uninteresting, Crossfit and spinning may be too intimidating, but swimming and deep water running may be perfect for you, and the benefits may be more worth it than you realize! Water has long been a symbol of renewal and clarity. Our own research (Dr’s Chantler and Sherlock) have shown that water exercise improves your cardiovascular health. Other research studies have shown that water exercise has a powerful effect on the brain, improving cognition. 


  • Swimming produces high-power results. Swimming is a way to fit cardio into your workout routine without putting stress on your bones, joints and muscles, and is great for people of all ages, and body types, especially for individuals with arthritis and joint pain. Although swimming is excellent form of aerobic exercise, exercising in water also provides moderate resistance and helps to build strength, and thus, a total-body workout.

Deep Water Running:

  • The deep water running program that takes place in the WVU Natatorium's 83 degree diving well.  This program is designed to meet the needs of a wide array of clientele ranging from collegiate athletes to individuals with arthritis or other special considerations. 
  • Each hour long class is expertly instructed by Aquatic Exercise Association Certified professionals that provide guidance on movements, intensity, and modifications as needed.  Classes focus on a wide array of fitness goals to assist in improving the global well-being of all participants.  

Why deep water running?

  • Research supports the effectiveness of water exercise for maintaining and gaining fitness, improving cardiovascular health, muscular endurance, flexibility, balance, and overall functional capacity.  The beauty of exercising in the water is that we can use the properties of the water to make exercise more comfortable.  Buoyancy offloads the body's weight so that people with compromised joints can exercise pain-free through a greater range of motion.  The pressure of the water compresses the body so that swelling is reduced and the cardiovascular system becomes more efficient.  The temperature and capacity for heat exchange allows the water to feel more comfortable even if you are exercising at a very high intensity.  All of these things, and so much more allow the pool to become the perfect place to get a purposeful, personalized workout that can build anyone's fitness!

Important Notes:

  • Locker rooms, including showers, are available
  • All equipment is provided (flotation belt and other additional equipment as per class requirements)
  • Participants must provide their own towels
  • You do not need to know how to swim to take part in this program