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Mermaid Fitness provides 'fin-tastic' workout

The class costs $25, and you have to know how to swim. (Source: CBS) The class costs $25, and you have to know how to swim. (Source: CBS)

SAN DIEGO (CBS) - At the Hotel del Coronado, a mythical creature is coming to life.

"That's my favorite part is to actually get to be a mermaid," said Holly Edgin, student mermaid.

Edgin isn't shy about slipping on colorful fins and diving into this under-the-sea workout called Mermaid Fitness. 

The class costs $25, and you have to know how to swim.

"It was more fun than I could've ever anticipated," Edgin said.

Splashing around in fish tails may be fun, but isolating your legs in fins for 45 minutes is also intense cardio and strength training.

"Part of that entails getting their heart rate up, get their core activated and working, to get their biceps and triceps, upper body," said Molly Dilworth, a certified fitness instructor.

It's not just mermaids. Even "mermen" like Taylor Ames are giving it a try.

"There's a fair amount of abs involved in it, Like my abs are really hurting right now sitting up straight," Ames said.

In addition to living out a childhood fantasy, Edgin said the low-impact workout is helping her burn fat and build muscle.  

"Your triceps are burning just trying to stay afloat, your shoulders, your core really engaging because of the weight of the water on your fins," she said.

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