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Friday, November 17, 2017

The Week in Swimming

Breaking the ice at Turkey's Kaçkar Swimming Festival
At Turkey's Kaçkar Swimming Festival, power saws had to cut through 8 inches of ice before the swim could start! (Daily Sabah)

Check out results and photos from the Barbados Open Water Festival. (Daily News of Open Water Swimming)

The USA Swimming Foundation marked its 10th anniversary by announcing that they've given swim lessons to more than 5 million children.

The team at 220 Triathlon pool-tested their recommendations for their 10 best pool goggles.

Get inspired the 66-year-old swimmer who just swam around Key West for the 96th time (Swimming World) and by the grandparents who took home three swimming medals after motorcycling 6,000 km to an open water competition! (Hindustan Times)

A moving first-person testimonial asks if swimming is the right sport for people with epilepsy. (Swim Swam)

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Friday, November 10, 2017

The Week in Swimming

Open water swimmer Lewis Pugh emerging from his Antarctic Ocean swim
Discover how open water swimmer Lewis Pugh prepared for this week's Antarctic Ocean swim clad only in a Speedo. (Telegraph)

What inspires this 76-year-old Masters swimmer to get in the pool every day? (OCR, with video)

How has Texas Longhorns Swimming Coach Eddie Reese stayed competitive for 40 years on the job? (Swim Swam, with video)

Record-setting open water swimmer Diana Nyad opens up about the continuing impact of her decades-old sexual assault in this frank first-person account. (NY Times)

Get inspired by this all-new profile of refugee-turned-Olympic swimmer Yusra Mardini. (Elle UK)

What to get for the swimmers in your life? Check out Swimming World's holiday gift guide.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Customize Your Endless Pool (or Buy this one in Michigan!)

Why does this Endless Pools® swimming machine have three different depths? According to Mark H, "It was my wife's desire for water aerobics in two depths and to be able to tread water." Thanks to the Endless Pool's modular design, his wife got the pool of her dreams!

An Endless Pools swimming machine customized to 8'x20' with 3 different depths.
This is not your standard Original Endless Pool! At 8 feet by 20 feet, it's been customized to be slightly wider and much longer. To accommodate a range of aquatic exercises, the pool features 3 different depths, from 42" to 69". Whether you dip in for fun, fitness, or relaxation, the skylight and sliding doors provide abundant natural sunlight.

This "double-deep" Endless Pool gives them tremendous versatility:
  • 42" deep, our standard, near the housing of our signature adjustable swim current (far end). Approximately waist-deep for the average adult, this area is deep enough to accommodate your swim stroke and works for lower-body aqua-aerobic exercises.
  • 51" deep nearer the middle, this chest-deep section adds core resistance for water aerobics.
  • 69" deep at the back allows you to tread water for a range of fully buoyant exercises.
To accommodate the range of uses at each depth, this modular Endless Pool has been customized to 8 feet by 20 feet – that's a big step up from our standard water dimensions of 7 by 14!

Endless Pools' on-staff architects and engineers helped customize this fully in-ground installation. Our team routinely works with our customers' own architects to install Endless Pools in existing rooms and in new construction, from simple backyard decks to Mark's sky-lit sunroom addition.

You can plan your customized Endless Pool using our free online Configuration Tool. Or you can buy this Endless Pool – and the Laingsburg, Michigan, house it's in! – by contacting the Flanders & Gerich Team of Realtors; our thanks to them for these stunning photos (below).

Friday, November 3, 2017

The Week in Swimming

Australian gold-medal swimmer Emma McKeon
A week after his passing, Total Immersion swimming founder Terry Laughlin received in-depth tributes in the New York Times and Outside magazine.

Who will be the male and female FINA Swimmers of the Year? Their formula indicates one clear – and one not-so-clear – winner. (Swim Swam)

Has Katie Ledecky brought feminism to swimming? (Swimming World)

Discover why Australian swimmer Cate Campbell is falling in love with swimming all over again. (Reuters)

Read the fine print: The waterproof feature of the new Kindle Oasis comes with some caveats. (AP)

After a five-year renovation, Atlanta's historic Martin Luther King Jr. Natatorium has reopened. (WABE)

Tokyo marked 1,000 days to their 2020 Summer Olympics.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Week in Swimming

USC Trojan swimmer Robert Glinta after winning the 100y backstroke over Matt Grevers and Ryan Murphy
After Katie Ledecky successfully led the charge at last weekend's USA College Challenge (Team USA), Michael Phelps made a bold prediction for her prospects at Tokyo 2020 (Business Insider).

How did Olympic swimmer Lia Neal feel making her professional debut against her former Stanford teammates? (Swimming World, with video)

The upstart pro swimmers union called GAPS just grew its membership by seven Olympic swimmers. (Swim Swam)

Never Give Up: A New Jersey man celebrated his 70th birthday by returning to a local swimming pool for the first time since he nearly drowned there two years ago! (My Central Jersey, with video)

Get inspired by these two efforts to combat the low rate of swimming skills in communities of color – one in the DC Public Schools (WAMU) and one spearheaded by Baltimore's Sigma Gamma Rho sorority (The Sun).

In open water swimming, a swimmer with type 1 diabetes has her sights set on the Open Water Swimming Triple Crown (College Swimming) while a British man will swim 45km around Hong Kong to raise money to provide free swimming lessons (SCMP).

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Train Smarter with the Endless Pools Fit@Home App

A swimmer pre-programs his Endless Pools workout with the new Fit@Home app
Endless Pool® owners, you have a new toy to play with!

With our recently launched Fit@Home app, you can control your swimming machine and underwater treadmill from your smartphone or tablet. Better still, the app adds all-new options to program and save your swimming and running workouts.

With the Fit@Home app, your Endless Pool's new, training-friendly functionality includes:

  • Workout Monitoring, with our easy-to-ready Display Mode.
  • Advanced Workouts with custom time and pace intervals; you can easily create, save, and edit your swim/run workouts.
  • Manual Control Mode to let you program a simple swim or treadmill run more quickly than with our standard remote control.
This animation shows some of the basic functions:

A Triathlete Gets Started with Fit@Home
Ed W., a triathlete in Michigan, originally got his own Endless Pool for the convenience; he was tired of waiting in line at the public pool to train. This summer, he upgraded with Fit@Home for even greater convenience.

"I’m 62 and swimming is still my best event," Ed told us. "For the last 3 years, I’ve only trained in my Endless Pool, which really blows most folks away."

Since turning to the Fit@Home app, he reports, "I can pre-program swims instead of having to start and stop.

"I have a couple of programs now – one is 10x100 interval, soon to be 15xI00’s. I could do that before, but I had to watch a clock and just guess when I got close to the time I wanted … I had to move out of the current [to] watch the clock and jump back in again.

"Now, it’s automatic."

A triathlete's Performance Endless Pools swimming machine for at-home swimming training
How can you tell that this is an older picture of Ed W.'s Endless Pool? The 62-year-old triathlete recently replaced that little blue remote (lower left) with our new Fit@Home app. Thanks to the new functionality afforded by Fit@Home, "I can pre-program swims instead of having to start and stop," he says. "It's automatic."

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