Pages

  • Google+
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Youtube
  • Instagram
  • Pinterest
Showing posts with label endless pool. Show all posts
Showing posts with label endless pool. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

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

1 comments
 
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).

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Train Smarter with the Endless Pools Fit@Home App

0 comments
 
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."

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Partially In-ground: 5 Endless Pools Ideas for Your Home

0 comments
 
The Original Endless Pool® gives you tremendous installation flexibility. The modular, steel-panel structure functions as a freestanding pool or fully in-ground. You can also install an Endless Pool partially in-ground, which offers some key advantages, as you'll see in these five dazzling installations!

  1. A partially in-ground pool is the easiest to access. With the pool height set around seat level, you can just sit and move your legs over and into the pool. You don't need the exterior stairs or decking required by an aboveground pool, and people with mobility impairments appreciate the accessibility lacking in fully in-ground pools.
  2. Partially in-ground installations cost less than fully in-ground. The deeper you dig, the greater the cost and the greater the risk of obstacles. Yes, aboveground installations cost the least, but the partially in-ground Endless Pool meets you halfway between simplicity and luxury.
  3. For a better, more polished look, the partially in-ground Endless Pool can give you the most eye-catching visual. In locations with a notable view, the lower height permits better sight lines.

These five Endless Pools show the versatility and beauty possible with a partially in-ground installation.

A partially in-ground Endless Pools swimming machine in a Mediterranean-themed sunroom
How do you create a Mediterranean escape in suburban Charlotte, North Carolina? For this sunroom, the homeowners employ a lavish mural, rich green tones from the ferns and tile, and a partially in-ground Original Endless Pool.
Bonus: This Endless Pool features our hydrotherapy jets for additional spa luxury.


A partially inground Endless Pools swimming machine with an arbor view
Nothing beats a pool with a view! The height of this partially in-ground Endless Pool maintains the room's airy minimalism – rather than obstructing the stunning arbor view, it's positioned to function as a reflecting pond for the trees outside.
Bonus: At the pool's front, the Underwater Treadmill permits low-impact running or walking while watching the (tastefully recessed) television.


A partially in-ground Endless Pools swimming machine in a private courtyard
This partially in-ground Endless Pool keeps open sight lines in a tight backyard. With our smooth current for in-place swimming, you get a big-pool feel where a big pool just couldn't fit! The granite perimeter functions as bench seating, while the skirting adds an organic design element – rough-hewn stacked stone.
Bonus: The greenery nearby will welcome any splashing: our state-of-the-art purification systems mean that the pool water has less chlorine than is allowable in tap water!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Why Lionel Sanders Will Exit Kailua Bay Faster than Ever

0 comments
 
Professional triathlete and Ironman, Lionel Sanders
Lionel Sanders is about to be put to the test. Tomorrow, the 29-year-old professional triathlete will compete at the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. Despite seeing himself as "a weak swimmer," he just upped his game: he's been training in his own High Performance Endless Pool® for two months, and already he's seen measurable results!

Bad Timing
"My first triathlon back in 2010, I was almost last place out of the water," Sanders recalls. His swim training was hampered by the mid-day or late-night hours at his nearest public pool.

"I'd rather swim first thing in the morning. I was swimming after both my bike and run. No wonder I wasn’t improving – I was always swimming tired! As a weak swimmer, you need to be firing at full potential.

"Most of my swimming is now done in this Endless Pool." Besides his early-morning ritual, "you need to swim when inspired. I can get in the pool immediately upon being inspired and can swim an extra 4 kilometers."

"I'm just a completely different athlete both physically and mentally," he says confidently. "I'm looking to have a much improved race."


Correcting the Crossover
Unlike training with his bike and run, "I hadn't been able to see myself swimming." That changed when he took an Endless Pools test-swim this spring.

By swimming in place, you can watch your stroke in the Endless Pools underwater swim mirrors. "I looked at myself in the mirror and said, 'Yup. One hundred percent!'"

Real-time stroke analysis in the Endless Pool has allowed him to make daily improvements to his swim technique. "I'd been crossing the centerline. That was the first thing I needed to correct.

"I crossed over both left and right at entry. So I didn't have a stable core, so my hips went the opposite way. To counteract, I'd do a scissor kick," This technique flaw created "a massive amount of drag. Look at any great swimmer: no one does that!"

Thanks to the Endless Pool he installed in August, "I've been able to correct that. There's no crossover. Really, my swim improvement started two months ago.

"I've got so many things to improve upon now that I know what I’m doing. Every single day I do a technical session, I can see clearly if I'm improving."

A post shared by Lionel Sanders (@lsanderstri) on
Out of the Water Faster
Just weeks after beginning his Endless Pools training, Sanders returned to the ITU Long Distance World Championship. As in 2016, he was up against the dominant Australian triathlete, Josh Amburger.

Amburger is a particularly strong swimmer, and Sanders is used to trailing him out of the water. This year, Sanders happily reports, "I had my least deficit ever to him by a significant amount. And I swam completely solo."

After a solid bike and an outstanding run, Sanders landed at the top of the podium; Amburger took silver.

Now in Kona, Sanders feels optimistic following a preliminary practice swim. Using the UK triathlete Harry Wiltshire as a metric, "I was 8:41 down" out of the water in the 2016 Finals. "This year, [at practice] I was less than 4 minutes down to the same guy.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Joe & Linda: 18 Years of Swimming at Home

1 comments
 
Linda B. and one of the granddaughters that she taught to swim in her Original Endless Pool
"I live in it. I swim in it. I've had three total knee replacements, and I can seriously say that I can get up every morning and walk because of my Endless Pool."

That's what Linda B. told us. She and her husband, Joe B., installed their Original Endless Pool® in their New Jersey home in 1999. After 18 years in action, their pool just got its first major overhaul, with multiple new parts. Linda decided that it was time to speak with us about how much the pool has meant to her.

Linda's Rx: Get in the Pool
Linda's knee troubles started with a car accident in the early 1990s. "When I tell people I’ve had 3 knee replacements," Linda says, "they don’t believe me. And I attribute it to the Endless Pool. I never went to rehab. I came home and went in the pool."

As Joe recalls, that was against the doctor's advice … at least initially. After the doctor saw her continued progress, his new medical assessment of Linda's Endless Pools therapy was, "'You know what you’re doing.'"

"I’m in it probably five days a week," she says, mixing up her regimen to keep it fun and engaging. "I swim. I do exercises. I do pull-ups against the current. I do water yoga in it also. I walk. If I don’t feel like swimming, I get my book and sit in the back and read."

Joe keeps it simple. "I walk in it. We don’t have a treadmill, but I devised my own way of walking in the pool" against the swim current.

Linda and Joe B's daughter and granddaughter in their Original Endless Pool
"The pool is very easy to maintain," Joe observes. "And my husband is not mechanically inclined," Linda quickly adds. He upkeeps the Endless Pool – seen here with their daughter and granddaughter – with assistance from our team. "Your customer service people are amazing. Not that I have many problems, but when you talk to them, they are so knowledgeable."

A Proud Swimming Grandmother
"When our children were young," Linda recalls, "we had an outdoor pool, and we never used it." The compact Endless Pool, with its signature swim-in-place current, made all the difference for their family.

"I have taught all my granddaughters to swim in my Endless Pool," Linda says with obvious pride. "My 18-month-old old granddaughter is in at least three times a week.

"When I tell you these kids go in it, they're in it until I beg them to get out; so they're in it for three or four hours at a time.

"I've been swimming my whole life," Linda reports, so she gets a particular thrill seeing her granddaughters follow in her footsteps by joining swim teams.

Their swimming skills also give her and Joe peace of mind. One of the younger ones recently jumped into the 8' deep end of a public pool, Linda recounts. "Everybody was like, 'Oh my God!' I just said, 'they're fine. Give them goggles and a bathing suit and they're happy.'"

Thursday, September 21, 2017

ITU Rotterdam Wrap-up: Inside the Endless Pools Tent

0 comments
 
The Endless Pools swimming machines tent at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam 2017 Expo
Last week, we were honored to participate in the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam. Accomplished triathletes, age-group and professional, stopped by the Endless Pools® tent to dip in to our signature swimming machine. 

As you can read in the Instagram captions below, these triathletes used the Endless Pool for rapid gains in their technical training, warm-ups, tapering, and just the sheer love of swimming.

Triathletes praise the Endless Pool and its adjustable swim current for a most remarkable recreation of open water conditions. With more than 50 speed settings, the pool can serve all levels of swimmer, from cool-downs to sprints to high-intensity interval training.

The Endless Pool gives these swimmers immediate and detailed feedback. Swimming in place lets them observe their technique in real time with our underwater swim mirrors; it also allows for video analysis that would be near impossible in open water.

Thanks to our Netherlands dealer, MaroZwembaden, for their invaluable assistance at the ITU Rotterdam Expo, and our congratulations to all the inspiring triathletes who made it to Rotterdam!



Wednesday, September 20, 2017

How Dr. Scott Wise Dipped into New Markets

0 comments
 
Dr. Scott Wise of Wise Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine
"We're a sports medicine practice first," asserts Dr. Scott Wise. He opened Wise Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine in Western Pennsylvania in 1995. In recent years, he decided to "recapture the [Medicare] market," an expansion in his practice that lead him to install an Endless Pool® for aquatic therapy … and other revenue-generating programs. 

Two False Starts
"In 1999, we had a full pool-complex bid out," Dr. Wise recalls. "We decided cost was prohibitive," as might be expected for any independent practice contemplating new construction.

In 2014, Dr. Wise briefly considered a HydroWorx pool for his existing location, but "it was pre-built and didn't give us any customization options." With the lack of an adjustable swim current, the HydroWorx pool "certainly didn't meet our needs to swim or do balance work."

He then turned to Endless Pools. In addition to featuring a fully adjustable swim current, the Endless Pool resolved his problems thanks to its modular construction: it allows for installation in existing rooms, saving on the cost of a new "complex," and for customization for a range of uses and locations.

Dr. Wise opted for a 15'-square Dual Propulsion Endless Pool featuring side-by-side currents for swimming and resistance. The addition of two Underwater Treadmills created new avenues for rehab and cross-training.

Opening New Doors
To accept Medicare, treatment "has to be one-on-one," Dr. Wise reports. The compact Endless Pool, with dedicated swim/treadmill stations, allows for the individual treatment of Medicare-eligible seniors with, for example, "osteoarthritis, cardiac rehab, [and] a lot of people with bad heart conditions that also have bad knees."

The Endless Pool gave Wise PT additional treatment options for their core audience, "our sports clients – high school, college, weekend warriors." Dr. Wise's experience has shown him that aquatic therapy can "get kids back faster."

A one-on-one learn-to-swim lesson in the Dual Propulsion Endless Pool at Wise Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine
Learning to swim is less intimidating in the relatively shallow, warm-water Endless Pool. At Wise Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, the pool permitted them to "recapture the [Medicare] market" with one-on-one aquatic therapy. The pool also expanded their capabilities for their core audience of student and adult athletes, delivering new revenue streams for the two-location practice.

Quantifying Outcomes
"Outcomes are better, quicker" with the Endless Pool, Dr. Wise reports. With more than a decade of in-house case studies on older patients, he finds, "with Achilles reconstruction surgery, effectively we get about 22% quicker return than without the pool.

"We're getting people mobile more quickly. We can get them out of the boot and into the water." Without the pool, treatment of these seniors takes about 16 weeks, on average. With the addition of therapy in the Endless Pool, Dr. Wise and his team have shortened that time to around 12 weeks.

"And they're happier," he concludes of the Achilles/pool patients. Thanks to gentle aquatic therapy, "they don't have hip or back pain," which he reports are common "secondary conditions that arise" with Achilles damage.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

PHOTOS: 5 Must-See Endless Pools

0 comments
 
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 3, 2017

Join Endless Pools at the USMS Summer Nationals

0 comments
 
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.

A post shared by Missouri State Swim & Dive (@mostateswim) on

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A Paralympian's Top 3 Benefits of Endless Pools Training

0 comments
 
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

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Downstairs & Above-ground: Planning a Basement Pool

0 comments
 
Professor of Jazz Studies and Endless Pool owner Bert in between swims with his two cats
Bert wanted to swim all year round, whenever the mood struck. That's why he installed his Endless Pool® in his previously unfinished basement.

The convenience, privacy, and 24/7 access suit him just fine: something of a Renaissance man, he's active in sports and the arts … and he finds that his Original Endless Pool helps him with both!

Why Not Outdoors?

With a warm climate like South Carolina's, why not install an outdoor pool? "Then I have to worry about debris falling in the pool," notes Bert. "I live in the woods.

"And I can swim 365 indoors," he adds. "It rarely gets cold, but it did snow this winter, and I went swimming!"

Summers aren't always ideal either: "It gets unbearably hot outside" where the mercury can hit 100° F or higher.

The unfinished basement that would soon house an Endless Pools swimming machine
This unfinished basement would soon have tile, rubberized flooring, a moisture-resistant ceiling, and an Endless Pools swimming machine (see below). All components of the modular Endless Pool fit easily through standard doorways and down stairs.

Why the Basement?
Like many unfinished basements, Bert's had "a slab already laid down." That's a smart cost-saving measure; as with garage pools, using a pre-existing concrete floor saves money on site preparation. "It made sense," he says plainly.

He used an approximately 16' x 20' space for his standard model, which has only a 9' x 15' footprint. With the Endless Pool, you only need to access one side of the cabinet, so Bert could save space with a corner installation. He had no need to access the backside.

Plus, "it seemed to make the most sense so there's less siding." Purchasing and installing skirting on just two of the four sides is another smart cost-saving measure!

Bert swimming in the Endless Pools swimming machine in his finished basement
Bert's walkout basement provided the ideal site to swim for health, fun, recovery from baseball pitching, and as a meditative break when composing music. His Endless Pool retreat is always comfortable and accessible, through South Carolina's heat waves to its rare snowfalls.

Finishing the Unfinished Basement
Starting with exposed studs and cement walls, Bert chose tile in clean, neutral tones and "rubber flooring like you find at a gym."

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Kat Has Some Serious Fun (Part 2 of 2)

0 comments
 
Endless Pools owner Kat T. in the Performance Endless Pool in her garage
In last week's blog post about Endless Pool® owner Kat, she discussed how her Performance model helped her lose 30 pounds, postpone knee-replacement surgery, and reduce pain so she could finally through sleep the night. We didn't mention how much fun she's having while making these quality-of-life strides!

Dancing and Relaxing
"I just dance!" she gushes. "I put music on and just dance in the pool. It's ridiculous. My gosh, I just feel so free.

She installed her Endless Pool for rehabilitation exercises plus a separate hot tub for relaxation; she's since found that the Endless Pool serves both ends. She even hung a television over the pool.

"I could get in the hot tub, but no, I think, 'I can get in the pool and watch a movie.'" It's a ritual she enjoys alone, with her husband, Doug, and when her grandkids are visiting. "I've seen Frozen about 14 times in the pool!"


In Kat's renovated garage, she can do a gentle, rehabilitative breaststroke in her Endless Pool … while simultaneously watching television and 'walking' her dog! As reported in our earlier blog post on Kat, her Endless Pool routine also helped her to lose 30 pounds, postpone critical knee-replacement surgery, and sleep without painful interruptions.

Counting the Conveniences
Having an Endless Pool at home saves her a long commute to and from a highly chlorinated public pool. The at-home convenience, she estimates, "probably saves me an hour and half out of my day."

"The chlorine in a public pool bothers my eyes. The Endless Pool has almost no chlorine," she notes. Because our state-of-the-art water quality system is "so efficient, I don't wear goggles, and I'm fine."

The distance and the chemicals weren't her only concerns. "I don't like being in bathing suits in public," she confides.

On top of all that, she finds, "It's easy to care for." When Kat's Endless Pools Design Representative, Lynne, told her that regular maintenance takes just minutes a week, "I thought, 'Really?' But it does!"

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Kat Makes Serious Health Strides (Part 1 of 2)

0 comments
 
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!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

360 Video from the Endless Pools

0 comments
 
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.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

CrossFitter: My Swim Workouts Are Like Wrestling!

0 comments
 
U.S. Navy veteran and CrossFit fanatic, Jeffnkanasas on Instagram
"I'm high-mileage for my age, that's for sure," says Jeff. A 46-year-old Navy veteran, former wrestler, and dedicated CrossFitter, he now tailors his workouts differently than when he was younger.

"Twenty-six and under, you're still made out of rubber and plastic," he half-jokes. "As I get older, my knees and back don't want to lift." To keep himself fit and active, he incorporates more swimming.

As you can see from his recent Instagram posts (below), Jeff has recently trained with a waist tether. The tether "kind of holds you up out of the water, so it's cheating a bit." He's also trained with the Endless Pools Fastlane®. "There's no comparison, that's for sure," he declares.

The Fastlane current is "smoother." When training in a group, "it's seamless. We're not constantly changing the tether." Jeff also finds that it's better suited to the open-water training required by triathletes.

A fan of sprint- and Olympic-distance triathlon, Jeff calls the Fastlane current "very similar" to open water currents. "You still have to maintain a straight line. My last triathlon swim was 1,000 meters; I probably swam 1,500!"

Like the open water, the Fastlane current can "pull you left or right," so it's creates the discipline to swim more efficiently for the real-world conditions of open water swimming – and leave yourself with maximum energy for the bike and the run!

A post shared by @jeffnkansas on

A post shared by @jeffnkansas on
Jeff still does CrossFit two days a week, and he now sees even some of his younger workout buddies cross-training in the pool. "A lot of CrossFitters will swim or do yoga for recovery. You have to take those days off" because the workouts are so demanding.

That doesn't mean that his swim workouts are easy; his swim coach often leaves him sweating and breathless. "I didn't know you could get that workout swimming!" he enthuses.

As he's sees it, swimming "is like wrestling: if you stop, nothing good happens. It's the same sink-or-swim mentality."

"It's a great product," Jeff concludes. "I'll probably buy a smaller one myself someday."

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Animate Your Pool with the Fastlane (new video)

0 comments
 
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.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Ultrarunner Mike Wardian Takes the Weight Off

0 comments
 
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.

A post shared by Michael Wardian (@mikewardian) on
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.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

3 Swim Drills (for Starters) from SwimBox

0 comments
 
The Corkscrew swimming drill from the Endless Pool at SwimBox in Fairfax Virginia
Faster, more efficient, less injury-prone … these are Coach Dominic Latella's goals for the swimmers at SwimBox, his sports performance center in Fairfax, Virginia. Using SwimBox's Endless Pool®, he's now sharing his knowledge in a video series of 25 swim drills.

With more than 15 years of experience, Coach Latella is the only Level-4 U.S. Masters Swimming coach in Virginia and D.C. (That's the highest certification level available.) At SwimBox, his to-the-point scientific approach helps clients to improve their swimming technique.

“I chose to go with Endless Pools because of the reputation of quality, the speed of the current, and the customer service,” Latella reports. Once his Performance Endless Pool was installed, he discovered some unexpected advantages from the more intimate experience of a compact pool.

“It completely changed my mindset of how to coach and how to teach," he reports. "I can see every little detail and [realized] how little I could see before when people were constantly moving away from me.

"After one lesson, they’re more effective. I usually see a huge leap in ability after three lessons.”

Coach Latella used his Endless Pool to shoot 25 short swim drills, including these three:

Windmill Drill
This Windmill Drill helps freestyle swimmers to focus on body rotation and core engagement.



The complete playlist features three progressions of this drill to help develop your balance in the water.

Corkscrew Drill
Though demonstrated in the Endless Pool, these drills have applications in traditional pools and in open water. This maneuver, for instance, helps develop skills needed to pass another swimmer or to skirt around a water buoy in a race.



The complete playlist includes another freestyle/backstroke combination that's designed to advance your coordination and stability.

Zipper Drill
In addition to this classic drill, the complete playlist includes two variations called Fingertip Drag Drills. All versions are designed to promote a strong recovery phase in your freestyle stroke.



Our thanks to Lissa and Dominic Latella of SwimBox for these incredibly helpful videos. You can visit the SwimBox website for more information or to book an appointment at their Fairfax, Virginia, location.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Hugh & Buffet Work & Play in their Endless Pool

0 comments
 
Hugh the manatee swimming against the Endless Pools Fastlane at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium
Meet Hugh and Buffet. These half-brothers love to play and eat lettuce (up to five dozen heads a day!). They also assist the research team at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in exploring how manatees perceive their natural environment. Along the way, the manatees also swim against their very own Endless Pools® swim current.

While manatee populations are on the upswing, much work remains to keep them alive and thriving. And Hugh and Buffet are a big part of that effort.

"We're studying everything from their eyesight, to their hearing, to the tiny hairs, called vibrissae, that cover their bodies," the team at Mote states. "Understanding how manatees navigate their world is allowing resource managers to better understand them and protect this endangered species in the wild."

To stay active and healthy in a contained environment, Hugh and Buffet rely on their Endless Pools Fastlane®. The Fastlane delivers the smooth, adjustable Endless Pools swim current to their custom-designed home pool, allowing them to swim in place.



The Endless Pools current earns praise from triathletes and open water swimmers for its recreation of real currents; as you can see in the video above, the manatees also seem to have adapted quite well to the simulation. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

SwimSmooth & Endless Pools Complete 25-Video Instruction Series

0 comments
 
SwimSmooth Founder and Head Coach Paul Newsome
They're live! Internationally acclaimed swim coach Paul Newsome created 25 stroke-training videos, all featuring the Endless Pools Fastlane® in his backyard pool. The entire series is now available free of charge on the Endless Pools YouTube channel.

Which is the best head position for an efficient freestyle swimming stroke? In episode 8, Coach Newsome has your answer. In this 25-video master class, you'll find exemplary demonstrations of swim drills ranging from the classic Sculling Drill (ep. 16) to the challenging Parachute Drill (ep. 19).

In episode 20, Newsome offers his surprising alternative to the conventional wisdom with his Finger Trail and Open-Elbow Recovery Drills. They're ideally suited for triathletes and other open water swimmers.

The videos benefit from the fully adjustable swim current of the Endless Pools Fastlane®. The Fastlane mounts to the deck or wall of almost any traditional pool. With Endless Pools' in-place swimming capability, you can monitor your own stroke, either in real time using our underwater mirrors or with video for review after.



 
© 2012. Design by Main-Blogger - Blogger Template and Blogging Stuff