A six-week wait for swimmers at the CVMC Fitness Plus Center pool ends
Friday, July 1st! First opened in 1998, the indoor swimming pool will
reopen following a major overhaul and extensive upgrades including new
pool surfaces in and around the pool, more inviting entrance steps and
an updated chair lift to facilitate access for members with restricted
accessibility. Maintaining a comfortable 88°F with depths ranging
from 3.5 to 5 feet, the pool is a popular amenity for members participating
in regular pool therapy, aquatic exercise classes and for those just learning to swim.
Originally funded by a generous contribution to the Catawba Medical Foundation
by Conover residents Ed and Shirley Arditti, the pool offers an excellent
environment for improving health or regaining mobility as part of a comprehensive
rehabilitation plan. It’s healing, non-intimidating environment
provides a relaxing and safe therapeutic experience for the aging and
“I found the buoyancy of water put less strain on my joints and created
a safer environment where I didn’t worry about losing my balance,”
said Ed. “Shirley and I wanted to give others in the area access
to a pool where they could experience relief from the pain associated
with numerous health conditions in an environment that caters to rehabilitation.”
Water dumbbells, noodles and balls are also available for use to enhance
strength training in the water. Aqua therapy offers many advantages and
benefits to individuals recovering from injury or illness. The scope of
patient diagnoses treated in the CVMC pool is surprisingly vast, encompassing
everything from post-surgical, non-surgical, orthopedic, rheumatologic,
pre-natal, bariatric neurological and chronic pain. It is the therapeutic
properties of the water combined with the skill and specialized training
of Fitness Plus’ aquatic therapists that helps improve mobility
Exercising in a buoyant environment is an excellent option whether you
are an athlete needing to train during an injury or a morbidly obese individual
who may exceed weight limits on fitness equipment. In addition to exercising
in the pool at your own convenience, Fitness Plus offers a number of aqua
classes and swim lessons including the following:
Private Swim Lessons for All Ages – From seniors to babies not even
a year old, certified instructor Maryia Johnson teaches her students how
to swim with confidence in the water . If you are interested in infant
Click here for information on pricing and to download the swim lesson
contract. Lessons last about 30 minutes and are held in the Fitness Plus indoor
pool. Ages for infant and toddler lessons range from 6 months –
3 years old requiring at least one parent to participate, although both
are highly encouraged to attend. Maryia ensures that every parent and
child is comfortable in the water by using various toys, games and activities
to make learning to swim, fun. During lessons, she teaches students how
to float, kick and put their head under water. Parents learn how to properly
dip babies under water for a short breath and are instructed on how to
introduce gliding and separation in the water.
Aqua Tone – This 45-minute, low impact, moderate-intensity aquarobics
class focuses on building endurance, toning muscle, increasing flexibility
and FUN. This class seeks to challenge participants while utilizing floatation
belts to avoid the jarring associated with normal toning classes.
Aqua Yoga – This class combines dynamic flowing movements and traditional
yoga poses with the assistance of water to help lengthen and strengthen
muscles, while also improving balance, coordination, and range of motion.
Aqua yoga is anti-gravity, as the water will provide resistance making
your muscles work harder while also allowing your joints to be supported.
Aqua yoga is a soothing experience and is ideal for all fitness levels.
Aquarobics – A great way to start or end your day! This 45 minute
water class includes a cardiovascular segment followed by muscle toning
Gentle Waves – A 45-minute class, which uses gentle movements and
range of motion exercises in the water. Great therapeutic classes for
individuals, who are new to exercise, suffer from arthritis or have orthopedic
Moms In Motion – This 45-minute class offers gentle aquatic fitness
and aqua yoga for moms-to-be ONLY
(monthly pre-payment required for Non-Members).
Come take advantage of a free visit and experience an
aquatic class or the benefits of pool therapy. Contact Fitness Plus at 828.326-3680 for more information.