Nothing will slow Asphalt Green water exercise instructor Twain Revell down. Sidelined with a serious knee injury in 2008—she fell on a manhole cover and broke her kneecap—Twain used the imperfect situation as an opportunity to hone her craft as a water exercise instructor.


Prior to the injury, she was teaching 37 fitness classes per week including spin, water aerobics, urban rebounding, and Silver Sneakers. The treatment for her injury included a full leg cast for two months, so Twain put all her energy into teaching water aerobics and enrolled in a tax course to keep her mind sharp.


The recovery process was anything but a walk in the park, but Twain did it with a smile. She acknowledged the tough road to full health in an article published in AKWA Magazine in 2011.


“Here’s the thing, when you’re injured and older, it is going to take longer to get back to 100 percent. And it takes 150 percent effort to get there. I am constantly seeking new alternative treatments.”


She did physical therapy, personal training, acupuncture, MELT Method, and swam 50 laps in a 25-yard pool every other day to regain strength.


“My confidence was not injured,” she told AKWA Magazine. “Actually, I can do anything I want to do, go anywhere I want to go, as long as I do it on crutches.”


Twain’s positive outlook and enthusiastic personality are infectious. One of her colleagues told AKWA Magazine, “Twain Revell is like the Energizer bunny; she keeps going and going no matter what. She’s creative, talented, and lets nothing keep her down, in or out of the water. She perseveres through challenges with determination and a smile on her face and gives her all to every class she teaches and every student she comes in contact with.”


Twain teaches water exercise at Asphalt Green’s Upper East Side campus. Cool off in the pool and get a great workout! See the schedule here