MEET OUR TEAM: Edouard L. Hall JR.
TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF & YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO WATER.
My relationship with the water and fitness began as a kid, bodyboarding and surfing with my friends at Robert Moses beach in L.I and up in the Hamptons when we wanted to catch bigger waves. As a kid growing up on Long Island, I spent a lot of time at the beach. I admired the surfers and paddle boarders, and always wanted to be a lifeguard because I thought it was the coolest job ever.
Also, being West Indian and having family in Haiti that lived by the beach, I was always around the water. Initially, it was the beach and surf culture that inspired me, then as I got older I realized the health benefits of swimming and being active in the water, and that is what continues to motivate me to explore and learn more about water sports and fitness.
When I joined the Navy, my first duty station was at Camp Pendleton in CA, which was right by Oceanside and Trestles, the Meccas for bodyboarding, surfing and salt water culture.
I was fortunate to have those beaches so close to me, because having access to the water culture there allowed me to elevate my game in terms of ocean sports. During that time I was also learning about combat swimming in the Navy, and learning about small boats and maritime law, which opened me up to a whole new and different set of rules in relation to the ocean and the water.
I am also a cycling enthusiast, personal trainer, group exercise instructor and martial artist.
HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED WITH AQUASTUDIO?
When I began working in the fitness industry, there wasn't much available in terms of working out in water — other than people who swam for cross training or triathletes who did laps at local pools.
It wasn't until I was looking for a hydrotherapy facility for a client that I discovered Aqua, which is the union of two if my favorite activities — swimming & cycling — right here in my own backyard: NYC.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CLASS TO TEACH, AND WHY?
My favorite class is a toss up between PLYO and Aqua Circuit because they both are the two most dynamic classes we offer and they are a lot of fun!
WHAT DOES HOLISTIC WELLNESS MEAN TO YOU?
It’s means complete wellness on every level.
WHAT DOES YOUR PERFECT AQUA CLASS PLAYLIST INCLUDE?
My perfect playlist would include: Prince, Sade and Kerri Chandler.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU EVERY DAY?
Progression inspires me, knowing that you can alway’s improve.
WHAT CAN AQUASTUDIO MEMBERS EXPECT FROM TAKING A CLASS WITH YOU?
They can expect to be challenged, smile, and feel connected to the water.
WHAT IS YOUR CLASS SCHEDULE?
Mondays: 10:00am AQUA INTL, 12:00pm AQUA Blend
Tuesdays: 10am LAND Toning, 11:00am AQUA PLYO, 12:00pm AQUA Blend
Thursdays 5:30 AQUA Circuit, 6:30pm AQUA Blend
Fridays 6:30pm LAND Toning, 7:30pm AQUA Circuit