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Mermaid Workouts Are the Next Hotel Fitness Craze Kalamazoo Michigan United States

Mermaid Workouts Are the Next Hotel Fitness Craze

First, there was soul cycle. Then, aqua cycling classes blurred the lines between land-based and water-based workouts.

But now, there's something else taking the world by storm that is most decidedly aquatic in nature: mermaid-style workouts.

Some hotels have gone so far as to hire a professional mermaid or merman to conduct classes with guests dressed in a proper, shiny mermaid tail, and invite them to dive underwater and take part in a proper fitness regimen.

Initially, this sounded a lot more like a Disney animated film than reality, so I decided to investigate a little further to see if there was some merit to the craze.

Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, CA, offers a 45-minute fitness class where outfits are shimmery bathing suits that resemble fins. Participants get to swim laps and also engage with some floating equipment like noodles to use different muscles. The cost of a class is $25 for non guests.

At a site called Mermaid Fitness , based in Michigan, private sessions are offered with certified trainers. There are even fitness classes for "Merkids," clearly the very young set.

On the heels of this trend, select Hotels.com participants are launching "Fintastic" workouts this September in places from Spain to France: a fun video featuring a gold-finned merman tells you about the workout.

While I suspect these workouts will be very popular with the younger set, the idea of putting a more creative spin on a traditional aqua class is refreshing. It promises to be an Instagram-worthy splash, at the very least.