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Friday, June 23, 2017

The Week in Swimming

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Border collie Luna swimming at Houston's Rummy's Beach Club for dogs
These bold predictions for next week's 2017 USA Swimming Nationals forecast good news for Lilly King and Matt Grevers. (Swimming World)

Cheers to Pat Gallant-Charette, who became the oldest woman to swim the English Channel! (WCSH, with video)

Houston-area dog owners can now take their furry friends to a private swimming pool club for dogs. (Houston Chronicle)

Check out the science behind the question, 'Is swimming pool chlorine safe?' (NY Times)

Try these 5 swimming workouts for runners. (Runner's World)

To bring swimming back to the Charles River, Boston is looking to Paris. (Boston Globe)

Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszu went to Facebook to protest the FINA World Cup's rules changes. (NY Daily News)

Final Fantasy XIV's hot new Stormblood expansion lets you swim and dive … but first, you have to talk with the turtles. (Kotaku)

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Kat Makes Serious Health Strides (Part 1 of 2)

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Endless Pools owner Kat T. in the Performance Endless Pool in her garage
"When I was 18, I was in a head-on collision," Kat recounts. The accident caused severe damage to her knee. "They came very close to amputating." The injury has impacted her over the decades since – "It'll always be a bit wonky," she notes – but in recent years, she's found considerable relief: Kat installed an Endless Pool®.

The Big Decision
When Kat (short for Katherine) and her husband, Doug, first considered the Endless Pool in 2013, "I was 46 and needed a knee replacement. The doctor wanted to wait as long as possible": a knee replacement lasts 20 years, and a second one just 10, she was advised.

"I couldn't do a lot of stuff in the gym. I was getting frustrated, and also I was gaining weight."

When Doug suggested installing an Endless Pool in their garage, she asked herself, "'I've never been a swimmer. Is this something I'm going to use?'"

They visited the Endless Pools Factory Showroom in suburban Philadelphia. As she recalls, "I got in the demo pool and thought, 'Oh my gosh, I just love it!'"

Kat's Perfomance Endless Pool in her converted garage
Kat uses the Endless Pool in her converted garage almost daily to swim, jog, run, dance, and even watch TV! A Performance model, it has helped her to lose 30 pounds, postpone knee-replacement surgery by as much as 10 years, and sleep at night uninterrupted by knee pain. Of her Endless Pools fitness and rehab regimen, Kat says, "It's changed my life."

Kat's Endless Pools Progress
"I spend half the time jogging in the pool. Things I can't do on land – squats, running – I can do it in the pool." She also enjoys adapting yoga and Pilates movements into her aquatic fitness routine. "I use the pool five, six, seven times a week – sometimes twice a day."

"I lost 30 pounds, and my muscle percentage has gone the high range for my age. My cholesterol is perfect. My blood sugar came down. My doctor said it's amazing."

While her weight loss was gradual, over about three years, Kat notes that she changed nothing else – not diet or activity outside the pool – to contribute to her progress.

And that knee replacement? Thanks to her improved fitness and weight, her doctor now predicts that it won't be necessary for another five to 10 years!

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Week in Swimming

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Olympic swimmer Cullen Jones helps a young swimmer during a USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash event
Three new swimming events approved by the IOC are earning praise for bringing long-overdue equality to Olympic swimming. (USA Today)

A new rule for the FINA World Cup seems specifically targeted at Hungary's "Iron Lady," Katinka Hosszu. (Swim Swam)

He's 33 and fell short at last year's Olympic trials, but Olympic swimmer Cullen Jones is now training with his sights on Tokyo 2020. (Swimming World)

When teaching swimming to kids who came to Vermont as refugees, language is only one of the obstacles. (VPR, with audio)

A six-year-old disabled Bosnian boy just won a regional swimming gold medal. (AP)

The Huawei Fit smart watch just expanded its capabilities for swim tracking, including recognizing which stroke you're doing. (Wearable)

Check out the striking pics of artist Gregg Emery's "pop-up pool" makeover on NYC's Roosevelt Island. (TimeOut)

Get a preview of this month's U.S. Nationals/World Championships Swimming Trials. (Swim Swam)



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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

360 Video from the Endless Pools

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Pre-processed fisheye view of a swimmer in the Original Endless Pool shot with the 360fly 360 camera
What's it like to swim against the Endless Pools® current or run on its Underwater Treadmill? While there's nothing like experiencing it for yourself, you can try the next best thing with our new 360 videos.

For the uninitiated, a 360-degree video lets you explore outside of the traditional video frame. By using your mouse, arrow keys or, on mobile devices, your finger, you can move your perspective up, down, or sideways. A 360 camera, equipped with a special domed lens, has captured it all – just navigate manually to the view you want!

With this first video, you can explore the Elite Endless Pool – below and above the water line – while a runner uses the Underwater Treadmill. With the swim current on, he gets an more challenging core workout.


Underwater running delivers many advantages. Water's natural buoyancy makes underwater running (or walking or jogging) accessible to people with mobility impairments – even if those activities are painful or difficult on land! For athletes, underwater running provides low-impact cross-training.

In the video below, you get a complete underwater view while a swimmer overhead takes on our smoothest current in the Elite. The blue benches along the sides and back serve as return channels for the water, keeping the current strong while minimizing turbulence.


To get the full 360-video experience of moving the frame's perspective, you need to watch 360 videos on YouTube in the Chrome, Opera, Firefox, or Internet Explorer browses (sorry, Safari users) or by using the YouTube app for iOS or Android.

The videos were recorded in 4K with the 360fly camera in its Dive Housing for underwater recording.

Friday, June 9, 2017

The Week in Swimming

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Olympic swimmer Kelsi Worrell at the arena Pro Swim Series at Santa Clara
Check in with Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin as she starts her swimming workouts after two shoulder surgeries. (Reuters)

Discover the best swimming holes in Texas. (TPR, with audio)

A new survey reveals the surprisingly high number of parents who let their kids swim unsupervised. (National Poll on Children's Health)

The World's Strongest Man, Eddie Hall reveals his past as a promising swimmer on track for the Olympics! (Express)

The first African-American to win an Olympic swimming medal, Maritza Correia now works to change the statistics that say black kids are more likely to drown. (Patch)

Get inspired by the novice triathlete who couldn't swim five years ago and is now headed to the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona. (CPR, with audio)

Open water swimmer Stephen Junk is on track to become the first Australian to complete the prestigious Oceans Seven later this year. (ABC)

Get inspired by the 64-year-old swimmer who went from a hip replacement to an international gold medal in just eight months. (Fresno Bee, with video)




Monday, June 5, 2017

Join Back on My Feet & Endless Pools for Global Running Day

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logo for the nonprofit Back On My Feet
This Wednesday, Endless Pools® supports Back on My Feet and their mission to combat homelessness by taking to the Underwater Treadmills at our Factory Showroom.

As part of BOMF's Global Running Day event, Team Endless Pools will take to two of our Underwater Treadmills all day to raise funds for the Back on My Feet program.

To contribute to Endless Pools' goals, please contribute at our BOMF fundraising page. To learn how you can participate in the event, read the official Back on My Feet press release, below.


Back on My Feet to raise $40K on Treadmills 
Back on My Feet partners with Cigna, Blank Rome, Sweat Fitness, and The Shops at Liberty Place on Global Running Day

Philadelphia, PA – June 5, 2017– Back on My Feet, a national nonprofit organization operating in 12 major cities coast to coast and supported in part by the Cigna Foundation, invites the Philadelphia community to support the Cigna Back on My Feet Treadmill Challenge on Wednesday, June 7th (Global Running Day) at The Shops at Liberty Place. Back on My Feet combats homelessness through the power of running, community support and essential employment and housing resources. Over the course of eight hours, eight fundraising teams will run on treadmills to raise $40,000 for the Back on My Feet program. 
 
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