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Friday, May 26, 2017

The Week (and More) in Swimming

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3x Olympic swimmer Elizabeth Beisel supporting National Learn to Swim Day
Props to Missy Franklin, Cullen Jones, Rowdy Gaines and the other Olympic swimmers who teach lower-income kids to swim through the USA Swimming Foundation. (US News & World Report)

Last year, he completed an Olympic-distance triathlon while carrying a 100-pound tree. This year, Ross Edgely aims to set four world records with something he's calling Strongman Swimming. (GQ)

Part of the "Meditation for Real Life" series, these tips can help you be mindful while swimming. (New York Times)

Here's how to perform your usual gym moves in the pool this summer. (Sports Illustrated) Or try this 30-minute workout for beginning swimmers. (Health)

Don't miss these stunning photos from a Scottish filmmaker documenting his wild swimming. (BBC)

Get inspired: This six-year-old born without arms now swims competitively! (AOL, with slideshow) And this 74-year-old Olympic swimmer now teaches veterans how to swim. (Fox, with video)



Thursday, May 25, 2017

Animate Your Pool with the Fastlane (new video)

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a still from the new white-board animation video for the Endless Pools Fastlane
Opening your pool this Memorial Day weekend? Our new 'white board' animated video shows how you can give it new life with the Endless Pools Fastlane®.

The Fastlane turns almost any traditional pool into an Endless Pool. With simple, seamless poolside installation, the Fastlane lets you swim, workout, or play against the smooth, adjustable Endless Pools swim current.

The Fastlane easily mounts to the deck of existing or above-ground pools. We offer a wall-mount option for new or renovated pools.

The remotely located hydraulic power unit connects to the Fastlane via two hoses to run our unique, propeller-generated current -- that keeps the electricity far removed from the water!



You can view the video with a Spanish voice-over on the Endless Pools YouTube channel.

Friday, May 12, 2017

The Week in Swimming

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U.S. Olympic swimmer Katie Melli at the arena Pro Swim Series
Don't miss this appreciation of Adolph Kiefer, a gold-medal backstroker at the 1936 Olympics, who passed at 98. (NY Times)

The arena Pro Swim Series wrapped in Atlanta with 2017 world-best times by Katie Ledecky and Chase Kalisz. (Swimming World)

USA Swimming wrapped up their National Diversity Select Camp 2017 and adopted new wetsuit rules for the upcoming Open Water National Championships.

What are your summer vacation plans? Olympic swimmer Lilly King plans to set new world records! (Excelle Sports)

Before last Saturday's Kentucky Derby, a Thoroughbred with a cracked hoof turned to swimming to keep training. (NBC 11, with video)

Olympic gold-medal swimmer Allison Schmitt has been speaking out about her battles with depression. (U.S. News and World Report)

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Friday, May 5, 2017

The Week in Swimming

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U.S. Olympic swimmer Tom Shields
Olympic rematches will be among the highlights at the in-progress arena Pro Swim Series in Atlanta. (Swimming World)

The team at 220 Triathlon tested and rated 14 of the best tri-suits available.

So how was Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte received at the U.S. Masters Swimming Spring Nationals this weekend? (LA Daily News)

In preparation for Tokyo 2020, Ireland is looking for a few eligible imports to strengthen their swimming and diving team. (Swim Swam)

Paralympic champion swimmer Brad Snyder explains how visually impaired swimmers stay on course. (Paralympic.org)

Swimming journalist Jenny Landreth considers some groundbreaking women swimmers who deserve their own statues. (Guardian)

The mainstream media continue to ask, "Why go ice swimming?" (CNN, with video)

On Screen: Stars of Downton Abbey, Sherlock, and Absolutely Fabulous have joined the cast of Swimming with Men, an in-production comedy about "an all-male, middle-aged, amateur synchronized swimming team" (Variety) while the documentary Swim Team, about autistic teens, just won another festival award (Swimming World)


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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Ultrarunner Mike Wardian Takes the Weight Off

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Ultra-marathon runner and multiple World Record holder Mike Wardian
Fastest 50K on a treadmill.
Fastest marathon while dressed as Elvis.
Fastest time completing 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents.
These World Records are all held by one man. So our friends at SwimBox, the sports performance center in Fairfax, Virginia, invited him to run on the Underwater Treadmill in their Endless Pool®.

Mike Wardian ran 47 marathons and ultra-marathons last year. The 43-year-old's 2017 calendar is comparably busy. To train, he runs 80 to 120 miles each week!

"I usually run two to three times a day," he states. "Usually I run to work [6 to 8 miles, depending on the route] then from work, then I get a workout at lunch." If anyone could use a break from pounding the pavement, it's Mike Wardian!

Wardian spoke with us last week from an overlook at Hurricane Point, California. He was on his way to the Big Sur Marathon, which he'd win decisively just two days later. He compared his first Endless Pools run at SwimBox to other low-impact training methods.

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Endless Pools vs. AlterG
Wardian previously tried the AlterG, a treadmill that minimizes impact by putting the lower half of your body in a compression chamber. "It fills with air to offset your body weight," he observes. "It pushes you up, but it also pulls on your hips and genitalia and everything."

His initial discomfort only grew over time. "The one thing about the AlterG is you get really sweaty. Especially if you go more than an hour, your lower legs just get saturated, and it pulls on your waist.

"It's not terrible, but it's definitely not as unrestricted as the Endless Pool and its treadmill.

"It's more artificial in the AlterG. It's like if you had a parent holding a little kid and just helping them," he finds. "Whereas in the Endless Pool, it feels more like it's under your direction. It puts more onus on the athlete to make sure you're doing things properly."

Ultra-marathon runner Mike Wardian on the Endless Pools Underwater Treadmill with Coach Dominic Latella at SwimBox, Fairfax, Virginia
SwimBox Coach Dominic Latella (left) invited ultra-marathon runner Mike Wardian to try our Underwater Treadmill. Wardian found the Endless Pools run to be less restricting than the AlterG and more focused than aqua-jogging. Notes Wardian, "Adding in the SwimBox experience with the Endless Pool, you can get in a workout without taking the pounding."

Endless Pool vs. Aqua-Jogging
"I've done aqua-jogging quite a bit, but this was quite a bit different," he notes.

Friday, April 28, 2017

The Week in Swimming

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Olympic medalist and British swimming record-holder Duncan Scott
April has been Adult Learn-to-Swim Month, and legendary pitchman Anthony Sullivan has been lending his famously persuasive voice to the cause. (U.S. Masters Swimming)

Oceans Seven swimmer Kim Chambers continues to gather steam toward her politically motivated 10K cross-border swim from San Diego to Tijuana on Cinco de Mayo. (Outside)

Olympic gold medalist Ryan Murphy credits his swimming success partly to his 5,000-calorie-a-day diet! (GQ)

Get inspired by the 11-year-old boy who became a national swimming champion with just one arm and one leg. (Daily Sabah)

On either side of the pond, don't plan your swimming vacation without checking these lists of the UK's best waterfalls for wild swimming (Telegraph) and the top swimming holes in Texas (Chronicle).

From social media to fundraising, what can swim clubs learn from these 7 Marketing Award winners at USA Swimming's #SwimBiz conference? 

Don't miss the astonishing photos of the new partially roofed swimming pool at Hong Kong's Kennedy Town Station. (Dazeen)

Take a fascinating look at how a 10,000-pound hippo can move through water – without technically swimming! (The Atlantic)



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