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Swim fitness at the Aquatics Center

By Kavita Kaswani

Swimming in El Segundo, spinning in Manhattan Beach, roller-skating in Valencia … and a newly opened spot in Venice for when you’ve worked out enough. Here are a few ideas for feeling good:

The latest addition to the newly opened El Segundo Aquatics Center are classes dedicated to making swimming a more effective type of exercise.

“People swim up and down for 20 minutes and think that’s a workout, but it doesn’t achieve as much as it could,” said Gerry Rodrigues, founder of Tower 26, a company that specializes in preparing people for triathlons and is running the swim classes at the new facility. “With running, you have various terrains that promote health and well-being. We want to do the equivalent of that with swimming.”

The classes, which are 60 or 90 minutes long, are for various levels, although Rodrigues says that basic swimming ability is a necessity. Using predominantly freestyle strokes, the sessions will incorporate a progressive warm-up with a focus on interval training.

“The idea is to yield an improved performance in the water,” Rodrigues said. “People will become fitter and faster.”

The facility, which opened in January this year, has an Olympic-size, 10-lane pool and a four-lane pool. The center is open to the public for lessons and fitness classes.

Info: Tower 26 classes start at $235 for 13 sessions, El Segundo Aquatics Center, 2240 E. Grand Ave.

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