Monday, 29 December 2008

Dive Into Fitness! Incredible New Site - - A MUST for Divers Wanting to Stay in Dive Shape

Avid diver combines years of fitness training with a passion for scuba diving.

Meet Gretchen Ashton - a dive enthusiast and professional fitness trainer who has a passion for scuba divers. For many years, Gretchen has trained fitness competitors and athletes and now she's taking aim at the scuba industry! Instructors and novice divers alike will benefit from her insights and methods outlined at Fit-Diver Workouts. Dive fitness for women also makes it debut with The Mermaid Workout - both are highlighted on her website.

Ashton helps divers learn why physical fitness is important to diving performance and safety and what it means to be ScubaFit. Benefits divers will experience include weight loss, reduced blood pressure, heart and lung health, improved strength and endurance, and a side benefit, women will look great in your wetsuit or bikini, while men will also see significant health and appearance benefits.
Contact for online coaching and workout plans, private fitness training and group exercise instruction.

“Exercising to enhance recreational activity is a positive way to take responsibility for your health, bring focus and motivation to a fitness routine and improve overall scuba diving performance,” says Ashton, who hosts discussion and answers questions on the ScubaFit message board.

ScubaFit has been well received with invitations to speak at local dive clubs and publishing opportunities. Ashton is hosting the first in a series of monthly ScubaFit Workshops at Pure Fitness Sports Clubs throughout southern California and is currently expanding the program nationally. Training videos are in development and will be available online and in dive centers in mid-2009. The first annual ScubaFit Beach Walk 2009 will be held in San Diego, California at La Jolla Shores and includes tours of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography Pier and Birch Aquarium.

“New generations of divers are participating at an increasing rate, yet according to Divers Alert Network (DAN), the majority of the diver population appears to be aging. Bridging the underwater world of scuba diving and the topside world of fitness is the solution to developing comprehensive exercise programs for scuba divers,” says Ashton. Ashton recommends basic exercise protocols according to the American Heart Association and American College of Sports Medicine. Read the full report and access links to fitness and diving resources.

A review her credentials reveals Ashton is registered with the National Board of Fitness Examiners, is a fitness therapist trained in over 30 clinical conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, asthma and arthritis. All of which are top reported medical conditions by divers. As a biomechanics specialist, she is recognized for innovative workouts and exercise equipment adaptations to accommodate the individual regardless of their current fitness level or orthopedic challenges. Her background includes peak performance coaching for local eco-adventure teams, competitive strength athletes, female fitness competitors and fire fighters.
For more details, visit the website at - Ashton indicated that plans are being made for SCUBA FIT sessions in Southern California and perhaps in other cities around the country.


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