Summer Sports and Fitness
Wacky Summer Fitness Trends
Water ballet is no longer relegated to afternoon time slots in the Summer Olympics and Esther Williams flicks from the 1940s (who is Esther Williams?)—the glamorous yet challenging sport is experiencing a resurgence. The Aqualillies, an LA-based performance group, offers 75-minute classes for all levels in Santa Monica that have developed a cult following. Staying afloat while executing graceful dance moves amounts to a strenuous cardio workout that fires up your core and helps tone “muscles in your arms and legs that you didn’t even know you had,” says Mesha Kussman, founder and creative director of the Aqualillies. The classes have been so popular that the company will open locations in San Diego and Santa Barbara by January, and aims to expand beyond the West Coast by next summer.