What I learned from taking an aquacycling class

It's easy on your knees. Maybe too easy.

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The instructor helped us all get situated on our bicycles. I started pedaling. Music blared. It was just like a normal spin class... except I was in the pool.

Aquacycling is basically what it sounds like — an exercise regiment that combines bicycling and swimming for a total body workout. Instructors say it burns between 600 and 800 calories per 45-minute session and reduces cellulite without stressing the joints and muscles. Invented by an Italian physical therapist to help injured athletes, aquacycling has been available in gyms in France and Italy for years. Last year, the idea pedaled its way across the pond to New York City, where America's first underwater cycling studio, AQUA, opened.

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