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Friday, October 21, 2016

The Week in Swimming

Paralympic swimmer and author Brad Snyder
“We can’t all be Michael Phelps and be set for life,” says silver-medalist Connor Jaeger in this profile of life after the Olympics and why he now works in real estate. (Washington Post)

Similarly, Australian gold-medal swimmer Michael Klim reveals that he “only saw a sport psychologist once I retired” to transition to life as a skin-care entrepreneur. (Sydney Morning Herald)

Get inspired by 17-year-old para-swimmer Chris Arbuthnott, who’s a finalist for New Zealand’s Attitude Awards. (Stuff, with video)

The Stanford Cardinals had their first meet with Olympic medalists Katie Ledecky, Lia Neal, and Simone Manuel. (SF Chronicle) And a former Cards swimmer reflects on the mixed legacy that will keep her from the university’s annual alumni swimming meet. (Stanford Daily)

Missy Franklin helped launch Ripples to Waves, where you can apply for free swimming lessons for your family.

Teaching children to swim is just one of 5 ways to give back to the swimming community. (Swimming World)

Superstar Olympic coaches Dave Marsh and Bob Bowman will share some secrets of their successes at the 3rd FINA Swimming Coaches Golden Clinic.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

7 Mighty Man Caves for Men who Love Swimming

Man caves serve as sanctuaries, spaces dedicated to the tastes and passions of the men who inhabit them. And for men who love swimming, there's no better way to appoint your man cave than with an Endless Pools® swimming machine.

The modular Endless Pool installs easily indoors. All components fit through doors and down stairs, so you can put your Endless Pool in the basement and other cavelike existing rooms.

If you're seeking man cave ideas of your own, start by checking out these swimmer-friendly set-ups!

Man Cave with big screen television and Endless Pools swimming machine
The charcoal tile lends a robust air to this man cave, while the Endless Pool adds a decisive blue, thanks to the optional underwater lighting. Endless Pools can also be outfitted with an Underwater Treadmill for low-impact running and jogging, making it easy to get active while watching the big game.

Man Cave with sports memorabilia and partially inground Endless Pools swimming machine
In this man cave, the clean kitchenette is balanced by the rugged, distressed textures of the pool skirting and wainscoting. The manual retractable security cover, at the lower left, traps in heat and humidity when the pool is not in use. (We have automatic covers too, but who's afraid of putting in a little elbow grease to get the job done?!)

Man Cave with hammock, kitchenette, and partially inground Endless Pools swimming machine
Deep red walls and exposed wood beams define this man cave with a luxe but potent vibe. As its centerpiece, the partially inground Endless Pool offers convenient access to a vigorous swim session ... because a man should have to earn the right to kick back in his indoor hammock!

Friday, October 14, 2016

The Week in Swimming

Actress, activist, and marathon swimmer Bo Derek (right)
Her beach jogging made Bo Derek instantly iconic in 1979; now, the 59-year-old actress/activist has completed a 3,000m marathon swim in Greece. (People)

The IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona wrapped with an all-German men’s podium and a course record from Daniela Ryf.

After a 56-hour, 82-mile swim, a Colorado woman has qualified for an open-water record. (AP)

Radical changes may be underway in the oversight of Olympic drug testing, at least is USA Swimming has a say. (Swimming World)

Get inspired by the high school swimmers who are in the pool after beating stage-4 brain cancer (Arizona Republic) and stage-4 leukemia (OC Register).

At age 72, Harvey Burgett is New York’s only male competitive synchronized swimmer. (Crain’s)

A new swimming record has been set … by an elephant seal. (CBS News)

Former collegiate swimmer Annie Chandler Grevers, now married to Olympic medalist Matt Grevers, answers 5 questions about swimming while pregnant. (Swimming World)

Thursday, October 13, 2016

PHOTOS: 5 Knockout Endless Pools

The Endless Pools® swimming machine adapts to any aesthetic, and these recent photographs prove it!

Our signature current lets you swim in place in your family room, garden, deck, barn ... just about anywhere. Take a look at how these five homeowners integrated their Endless Pools into their homes and their lifestyles.

inground Original Endless Pool in Cleveland, Tennessee
This inground Endless Pools adds healthy versatility to this eclectic family room. The rails at poolside and on the exposed wood beam make the pool accessible for fitness, aquatic therapy, and rehab. With fireside seating, timeless rustic touches, and a state-of-the-art fitness and leisure pool, there's something for everyone here!

partially inground Performance Endless Pool in Houston, Texas
This partially in-ground Performance Endless Pool gives you a better swim than a traditional pool while still leaving plenty of room for gardening, trees, and entertaining. The pool's modular design easily adapts to the clean, modern lines of this garden. Even in a compact yard, you can have everything you need for family fun and fitness ... even a place for your rubber duck!

aboveground Original Endless Pool in Southold, New York
Thanks to some outside-the-box thinking, this Original Endless Pool® is skirted in cedar shake. The shingles add more than just a warm, rustic feel; they're also durable, moisture- and insect-resistant, and naturally insulating to control water-heating costs. The below-deck security cover, once closed, will also contain heat and prevent evaporation.

Friday, October 7, 2016

The Week in Swimming

Olympic gold medalist and Golden Goggles nominee Ryan Murphy
Online fan voting started for USA Swimming’s Golden Goggles awards.

Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin reflects on the lessons she learned in Rio. (Excelle Sports)

Despite their 18 Olympic medals for aquatics, few in China know how to swim, and the drowning statistics are staggering. (USA Today)

On the Greek island of Lesvos, a group of 20-something volunteers are teaching refugees to swim. (Vice)

See how the famous swimming pigs of the Bahamas get prepared for Hurricane Matthew. (ABC10, with video)

For the second time in just eight days, an Air Force major successfully swam the English Channel. (Stars and Stripes)

An eco-friendly swimming pool in Paris now warms its water with heat recycled from the sewer system. (Reuters)

Hurricane Matthew is close. Will keep you updated as long as possible. Thank you all! #HurricaneMatthew #Exuma #Bahamas

A photo posted by The Swimming Pigs (@theswimmingpigs) on

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Racing Kona After 50

age-group triathletes use the Endless Pool at the 2015 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
The IRONMAN™ World Championship takes place this Saturday in Kailua-Kona. Known as a grueling 140.6-mile course, the event still draws its fair share of older triathletes who inspire us with their stamina, grace, and commitment.

Rob Ladewig has owned an Original Endless Pool since 2005. Last year marked his 30th IRONMAN and his eighth time at Kona, where he’d finish 31st in his division. Still racing in his late 60s, his motto is, “If you can’t beat ‘em, outlive ‘em.”

Carol Blattspieler was racing her 5th IRONMAN and her second at Kona, where she finished 20th in her division.  An orthopedic nurse practitioner, she first came to the Endless Pool through her practice, referring clients to it for physical therapy, before using it personally for “instant feedback” on her swim stroke.

Many professional triathletes, including Luke McKenzie and Andrew Starykowicz, use their Endless Pools for stroke and endurance training. And these age-groupers also find our swim-in-place technology useful for its amazing simulation of open-water conditions!

We wish the very best to all of this year’s IRONMAN athletes as they take on the heat, humidity, and 140.6 miles of the toughest course in triathlon!
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