Polar Plunge Highlights Community Wellness Week

by | Jan 6, 2018 | City News, Cullman City

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Polar Plunge Highlights Community Wellness Week

What a great week at Cullman Wellness & Aquatics Center (CWAC). The management of the Center decided to expand upon their usual Community Wellness Day making it a week-long event.

Cullman residents had the opportunity to visit CWAC between January 2nd and 6th. Guests got the opportunity to join CWAC for $50 off any membership with giveaways to members.

Today (Saturday) everyone received free admission to the facility and were treated to a deluxe health fair featuring:

• Alabama Therapeutic Massage
• Alpha Nutrition
• Chick-fil-A
• Cullman Regional Medical Center
• First Source for Women
• Healthy Eats
• Iron Ethos
• Professional Weight Loss Center
• Southern Eats … Meals To Go
• State Farm Shirley Quattlebaum
• Youth Archery

For those of you who were unable to attend, we conducted a walking interview tour of all the vendors. They folks were all fascinating, informative and truly committed to their individual crafts:

We also receive some close-up education on bodywork from the practitioners at Alabama Therapeutic Massage:

The annual highlight reel moment of the Community Wellness Week is the treacherous Polar Bear Plunge in the outdoor main pool area of CWAC.

With two weeks of sustained below normal temperatures, ice formations of 1/4” to 1/2” existed in parts of the Cullman Wellness & Aquatics Center outdoor pool system.

The pool area where this morning’s Polar Plunge took place was ice free (due to circulating pumps). The surface water temperature clocked in at 16 degrees with 36 degrees at the pool floor:

The outdoor temperature and plunge time was 32 degrees with a wind chill of 28.

According to Director of Marketing, Programs, & Events Waid Harbison, this was the most chill Polar Plunge in CWAC history

The usually robust turnout of cold water divers was less than typical. The reduced attendance is believed to be largely due to the recent frigid conditions. Nonetheless, almost 40 polar bears jumped in the pool, many of them under the age of 10:

One lucky polar bear family got to walk away with a one-year membership to the Cullman Wellness & Aquatics Center for their efforts.

It was three-time Polar Bear Plunge participant Lindy Bennefield and her family consisting of two sons, Isaiah & Zeke, as well as two nieces, Madison & Brooklyn:

About Cullman Wellness & Aquatics Center

Providing professional childcare, the Cullman Wellness and Aquatic Center offers a state-of-the-art fitness and aquatic facility featuring 50+ group classes, weight machines, cardio equipment, indoor and outdoor competition pools, an indoor walking track, and an outdoor water park for all of your summer fun.

CWAC’s fitness center offers numerous classes. We offer aerobics, Zumba, and more in our group fitness rooms for classes. Personal trainers also coordinate for intense, one-on-one sessions, personalized workout programs, and nutritional advice. The basketball gymnasium is available for pick-up games, free play, volleyball, and other purposes including fitness instruction and games. A rubberized indoor walking track is suspended above the basketball gymnasium for walkers and joggers alike to utilize.

The Wellness & Aquatic Center boasts an award-winning aquatics department. Several aquatics classes are hosted each week, including water aerobics. The indoor aquatic facility includes a six-lane indoor competition pool with a diving board, whirlpool, and a children’s play area. In the summer, families can cool down at the outdoor water park, featuring three water slides, a lazy river, a child’s play area, and an eight-lane competition pool with high and low diving boards. The outdoor water park area houses poolside cabanas for rental, large umbrellas with shade, and a full-service concession stands to feature numerous options for both members and guests. Party rentals are also available for special events, birthdays, and any occasion.

After a hard workout, Oasis helps recuperate lost energy, while fully equipped locker rooms, a sauna, and on-site massage therapy prepare muscles for another day of action.

Memberships start at just $39 per month!

General Admission is $10 per person which includes access to the aquatic area or fitness areas.

Polar Plunge Highlights Community Wellness Week

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Cullman Wellness & Aquatics Center

Polar Plunge Highlights Community Wellness Week

Timothy Collins

Timothy brings an insightful holistic perspective as well as a mountain man tenacity to his various roles at Cullman Today. You can reach him at cullmantoday@gmail.com.

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