1605 – Fitness Applications of Ai Chi

Beginner / 3-hour Workshop


Faculty: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC / Katrien Lemahieu, MSEN / Keiko Tsuboi, ATRIC


COURSE DESCRIPTION: This Ai Chi focus may be good for cooler water pools and those clients who think they have to move with more vigor in order to experience benefits. Ai Chi in 3, Cardio Ai Chi and Ai Chi Dance are included in this course. This is a faster moving Ai Chi, not focused on relaxation, but focused on endurance, enjoyment; and applicable to those who need a step between working out and relaxation.



1)  Experience a faster moving Ai Chi.

2)  Determine benefits and precautions of fitness Ai Chi.

3)  Review modifications in depth, music, ROM and movement speed in this Ai Chi program.

4)  Develop an outline to modify Ai Chi for environmental or client situations.


FACULTY: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC, founder/president of ATRI, is an internationally known speaker, author and consultant. She is the founder of six different businesses including the Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute, the Aquatic Exercise Association, Living Right Magazine, America’s Certification Trainers, Armchair Aerobics Inc., and the Fitness Firm. A leader in the health and wellness industry, she also draws on her vast experience as an entrepreneur to teach others what it takes to assume the risk of business and enterprise. Ruth is the author of numerous articles and 15 books on her specialties of wellness and business. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Sevier-McCahill Disability International Foundation Award; and the John Williams, Jr. International Swimming Hall of Fame Adapted Aquatics Award. Known for her high energy and practical teaching approaches, Ruth has brought thousands of people over the years to understand the benefits of water exercise.


Katrien Lemahieu, MSEN, has been an aquatic instructor for 20 years and a presenter worldwide since 2005. She studied physical education with a specialty in Special Movement Education. In 2011, she became a certified hydro-therapist. She is the owner of the Kataqua Institute, providing education, certification and consultation for pools and is the Program Director for Club Aqua. She specializes in training that targets both the muscles and the mind and offers two e-learning programs (AquaMagicMoves) through Fitness Learning Systems (FLS).