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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

PHOTOS: 5 Must-See Endless Pools

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Rustic or grand, organic or outstanding, the versatile Endless Pools® swimming machine adapts to every aesthetic. Check out these gorgeous recent photographs for proof!

The owners of these Endless Pools enjoy in-place swimming with our signature adjustable current, whether it's in the garden, in their home, or in new construction. These installations – as surprising as they are stunning – promote fun, fitness, and property value.

Take a look…

indoor, in-ground Original Endless Pool in Dover, New Hampshire, sunroom
What do you do when you buy a home with an Original Endless Pool already installed? You make it your own! The new owner of this Dover, New Hampshire, sunroom quickly brought in bromeliads and other sun-loving plants to optimize the bright natural vibe of her in-ground installation.


partially in-ground Original Endless Pool in Van Nuys, California, by day
partially in-ground Original Endless Pool in Van Nuys, California, by night
This partially in-ground Endless Pool puts an affordable, eco-friendly twist on Southern California living. By day, its smooth swim current lets the family swim in place, add core resistance to aquatic exercise, or kick back to enjoy a 'lazy river.' By night, the same Endless Pool makes an ideal location for entertaining or a romantic evening.


aboveground Original Endless Pool under a pergola in Chico, California
When simple is all you need, the Endless Pool still fits the bill. This modest home in Northern California chose a larger 8' x 16' Endless Pool; the pergola casts it under partial sunlight. Mom swims while the rest of the family dips in to relax. Not seen: the turnkey, below-deck cover for ease of operation and the cleanest look.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Week in Swimming

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Open water swimmer Antonio Argüelles completing the Oceans Seven
Antonio Argüelles completed the Oceans Seven! He's the 7th person of all time, the first Latin American and the oldest person ever to complete the seven challenging open-water swims. (New York Times)

Ryan Lochte returned to competitive swimming at the U.S. Open Swimming Championships with a gold-medal swim. (USA Today, with video)

Fed up with commuter traffic, one Munich man now swims to work every day. (BBC, with video)

An app that's being called "AirBnB for pools" has been raising questions about insurance liability coverage. (App.com)

An open water swimmer is attempting to break her own "longest known unassisted solo swim" record by swimming a 104-mile loop in Lake Champlain. (9News, with video)

Why has open water swimming been rapidly growing in popularity in the Twin Cities? (Star Tribune)

Check out photos of these 5 jaw-dropping swimming pools, all in the Houston area. (Patch)

The inaugural Energy for Swim event in Rome combined elite swimming – including Team USA – with entertainment to support four charities. But what did the swimmers think about it? (FloSwimming, with videos)



Friday, August 4, 2017

The Week in Swimming

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Olympic swimmer Caeleb Dressel winning one of 7 record-tying medals at the 2017 Fina World Swimming Championships
With 7 gold medals, Caeleb Dressel tied Phelps' record at the World Championships in Budapest. (NPR, with audio) His performance is raising comparisons to Usain Bolt! (CNN)

Dressel's ascent is only one of these 5 takeaways from the World Swimming Championships. (NBC Sports, with video)

U.S. Paralympics announced its 22-athlete team for the 2017 World Para Swimming Championships in Mexico. (Team USA)

Take closer looks at 2017 High School Swimmers of the Year Morgan Tankersley and Reece Whitley. (Swimming World)

Without a wetsuit, endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh swam his first in a series of Arctic swims in below-freezing waters to raise awareness of climate change. (New York Times)

Get inspired by the 92-year-old swimmer who's breaking local swimming records and by the German professor who kicked off a 31-day, 652-mile swim along the Tennessee River. (USA Today, with video)

With 50 children drowning every day, Bangladesh needs swimming lessons; two charities joined forces to offer them free. (ABC News)

A woman with a rare form of arthritis learned to love exercise by leaving the gym and dipping into a pool. (Greatist)



Thursday, August 3, 2017

Join Endless Pools at the USMS Summer Nationals

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The 2017 U.S. Masters Swimming Summer Nationals just kicked off. This year, attendees can take free test swims in the Elite Endless Pool® on the pool deck!

The Elite Endless Pool features our smoothest, most versatile swim current – it maxes out at a pace equivalent to :51/100 yards! With over 50 speed settings, swimmers can also take it down to a gentler pace for warm-ups or cool-downs.

The Elite Endless Pool on the deck of the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis
You can try this Elite Endless Pool starting Friday this week! The U.S. Masters Swimming Summer Nationals are taking place through this Sunday, August 6, at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis. To reserve a time for a test swim, please call Endless Pools at 877-900-7820.

The top-of-the-line Endless Pool, the Elite is the model found on university pool decks around the country and at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado. It's the swim-in-place pool of choice for great swimmers and swimmers who aspire to greatness!

If you're not attending, you can catch all the action via live streams on the U.S. Masters Swimming website. Endless Pools is a proud sponsor of U.S. Masters Swimming.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Week in Swimming

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Paralympic triathlete and Endless Pool owner Joe Townsend
Is Katie Ledecky getting faster at an age when previous distance swimmers have slowed down? (Washington Post)

Italian swimmer Federica Pellegrini became the first swimmer, male or female, to medal in one race for seven consecutive World Championships. (Swim Swam) Her gold in the 200 freestyle left Ledecky with a disappointing (for her) silver. (Swimming World)

He missed the chance to compete in Rio, but 32-year-old swimmer Matt Grevers is in the midst of his comeback. Plus, a profile of Stanford Cardinals swim coach Greg Meehan, who has the daunting task of coaching Katie Ledecky. (New York Times)

Grevers joined Simone Manuel, Caeleb Dressel and Lilly King to break the world record – twice! – in the mixed 4x100 medley, a new Olympic event for Tokyo 2020. (Reuters)

World-record breaststroker Adam Peaty discusses how he got serious about swimming and how he stays grounded. (CNN) With his performance in Budapest, he has eclipsed David Wilkie as Britain's most decorated swimmer. (The Week)

Another sports writer contemplates who might be the new face of men's swimming in the U.S. (USA Today)

Philadelphians, here are eight natural swimming spots within two hours of the city. (Philly.com)

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A Paralympian's Top 3 Benefits of Endless Pools Training

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Paralympic triathlete and Endless Pool owner Joe Townsend
Since Joe Townsend lost both his legs in Afghanistan, he's been on the move more than ever. The Royal Marine Commando-turned-paratriathlete has competed at the IRONMAN World Championships in Hawaii, in ITU events from Geneva to Yokohama, and at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

After his fateful accident in 2008, he turned to the triathlon to regain his feeling of control over his body and to raise money for Help for Heroes, a charity supporting wounded UK veterans.

He's seemingly embraced every challenge to come his way; fortunately, his triathlon training got less challenging last year. Reports Joe, "I'm really fortunate to have an Endless Pool® right in my house."

Becoming a Paratriathlete

"After my injury, I was asked to do an IRONMAN to raise money for charity." At the time, Joe was "not at all" a competitive swimmer; "I could pass a basic swim test, but I needed extra lessons." He almost opted for the bike/run duathlon option. "I eventually decided, 'Why not try to learn to swim so I can call myself an Ironman.'"

"I've been swimming six days a week ever since." That hasn't always been so easy. At the nearby public pool, where he had to share lanes with less focused swimmers, "serious training wasn't possible."

"When I swim in a traditional pool," the double amputee notes, "I can't kick off the wall." That means additional effort to get back up to speed, so "I can't get in my race pace."

As a result, "I was really struggling with my swimming time," Joe laments. He recalls thinking to himself, "It would be awesome to swim whenever I wanted without any interruption."
Bringing Training Home
Joe now swims in a Performance Endless Pool, courtesy of our award-winning dealer, Home Counties Pools & Hot Tubs. A step up from our Original Endless Pool, the Performance swim current adjusts from a gentle warm up to its demanding top pace of 1:11/100m.

"The Endless Pool is an absolutely fantastic piece of equipment. It's more open-water specific," he observes. On a more personal note, "I wanted to optimize my training environment at home so I can be close to my family."

Of course, Joe found other benefits of his Endless Pools training…

#1: Stroke Analysis
"First, for swim stroke analysis and working on technique, the Endless Pool is just brilliant," Joe finds. "It helped to improve my swim times dramatically."

Joe uses Endless Pools' two stainless-steel underwater mirrors. The Swim Mirror, which is at the front and angled upwards, lets swimmers monitor their hand entry, pull through, and shoulder rolls. The Floor Mirror lies flat to reflect a swimmer's body position.
#2: Video Feedback
"Second, I can video myself and look back" to review swim technique and body position.

In-place swimming makes it easy to record a full swim with a stationary camera, either underwater or just above. Joe can then assess the real-time adjustments that he made using the mirrors.

#3: Immediate Pace Signals
 
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