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Showing posts with label endless pool. Show all posts
Showing posts with label endless pool. Show all posts

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

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Downstairs & Above-ground: Planning a Basement Pool

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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)

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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)

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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!

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.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

CrossFitter: My Swim Workouts Are Like Wrestling!

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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!

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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)

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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.

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.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

3 Swim Drills (for Starters) from SwimBox

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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

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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

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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.



Thursday, March 23, 2017

Endless Pools® Takes on the Boston Marathon

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Feeling "Boston Strong"? The team at Endless Pools® is! We're thrilled to take our Performance pool to the 2017 Boston Marathon's John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo. It's free and open to the public, and we’d love to see you there!

Whether you're just curious or seriously considering an Endless Pool, we invite you to visit us at the expo and take a swim. It’s your opportunity to experience the smoothest adjustable current available, as well as our Underwater Treadmill.

Runners love our Underwater Treadmill. It's ideal for low-impact cross-training and recovery runs. You get a spacious 20" belt and variable speeds from 0.5-5.5 mph. Use the treadmill with the swim current on to mimic faster speeds while increasing your core engagement.

A 2016 New York City Marathon participant runs on the Endless Pools Underwater Treadmill at the marathon expo.
At the 2016 NYC Marathon Expo, this runner used the Endless Pools Underwater Treadmill for a low-impact recovery run. The water's buoyancy allows her to get moving without the dry-land pounding to her hips, knees, and ankles. In-place swimming complements running well, particularly for endurance athletes seeking lower-risk cross-training.

In the buildup toward their historic London and Rio victories, Olympic medalists Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee used the Underwater Treadmill in their Endless Pool to run additional miles with minimal joint impact. When recovering from injuries, the champion triathletes could resume running sooner thanks to the non-impact Endless Pools environment.

Please join us at the 2017 Boston Marathon's John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo:
Hynes Convention Center
Booth #2327
900 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02115
Friday, April 14: 10 AM – 6 PM
Saturday & Sunday, April 15 & 16: 9 AM – 6 PM

Visitors to the Endless Pools booth #2327 can get a free swim cap and enjoy a free swim or pre-marathon run on our Underwater Treadmill. For more information, call us at 888-314-9356.

We’re excited to return to support the Boston Marathon and look forward to seeing you there!



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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Endless Pools Distributor Home Counties Wins 2 Awards

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Congratulations to our friends at Home Counties Pools and Hot Tubs! They recently won two British Pool and Hot Tub Awards – one for a brilliantly practical Endless Pools® installation and another with a sizable cash prize that they generously donated.

"We are absolutely delighted with the two awards and proud of the dedicated team here at Home Counties who made it happen," said Craig Trusson, Home Counties' Managing Director. "The Wellness Pool award is shared with our friends at Endless Pools, whose valued contributions towards the pool's design and specifications were invaluable to us.

"The awards serve to acknowledge we are driven to provide the highest level of service possible at all times to our customers, without whom no such accolades would be possible."

1. The Gold Medal
In the category "Inground Residential Spas and Wellness," Home Counties took the Gold for this Endless Pool house.

The Endless Pools installation that won Gold at the 2017 British Pool & Spa Awards, Inground Residential Spas & Wellness category
This Endless Pools installation won a Gold Medal at the British Pool and Hot Tub Awards for our partners at Home Counties Pools & Hot Tubs. The pool's owner, Judy, swims every morning "to keep me active in spite of the arthritis in my feet. My son and daughter-in-law, who are both triathletes, also enjoy a good workout. The grandchildren are huge fans of the pool and have spent many a happy hour playing 'Mermaid School.'"

The pool owner, Judy T., praised Home Counties for their innovative design. "It is particularly nice in summer to be able to open the bi-fold doors and enjoy the garden as well as the pool," she notes. "In winter ... the heated floor, towel rail and wall heater keep the room warm, and condensation quickly disperses when I open the skylights after swimming."

2. Peter Geekie Award for Retail Excellence
Peter Geekie was a retail innovator (and much-loved character) of the UK pool and spa industry back in the 1970s. This prestigious award recognizes the entirety of the customer experience, from the retail showroom to the website to the retailer's customer service philosophy.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

PHOTOS: 5 Stunning Endless Pools

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The versatile Endless Pools® swimming machine can look cozy or luxurious, organic or outstanding, as you can see from these stellar recent photographs!

Our signature current lets you swim in place outdoors, in spare rooms, or in new additions. In consultation with our experienced Design Representatives, these five homeowners have created beautiful, even surprising installations to promote fun, fitness, and property value. Take a look…

An in-ground Performanc Endless Pool in Knoxville, Tennessee
Enjoy a bit of Mediterranean glamour in this Knoxville, Tennessee, garden! Installed partially in-ground, this Performance Endless Pool has been customized with a 51" water depth. When not swimming, exercising, or just cooling off, the homeowners enjoy plenty of room for outdoor entertaining, as the compact design also functions as a illuminated water feature.

A partially in-ground Original Endless Pool in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Winters can be rough in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Fortunately, this Endless Pool offers year-round access to warm-water swimming and splashing. By customizing the water depth to 45", the owners get more buoyancy and less joint impact when training on their Underwater Treadmill. They smartly saved space in a room with a sloped ceiling by cornering their pool, thanks to the internal components' easy accessibility from a single side.

A lakeside Original Endless Pool in Seattle, Washington
The water's always warm outside in Seattle, Washington, thanks to this smartly placed Endless Pool! The silver strip at the top of the pool is the Automatic Retractable Security Cover; with the turn of a key, the owners can secure the pool from debris, children and critters, as well as heat loss and evaporation. Better still, splashing won't harm the nearby plants, thanks to our low-chlorine water quality system.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Case Study: Endless Pool Room with Hot Tub Area

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An Original Endless Pools enclosure by Bakers Timber Buildings
Bakers Timber Buildings has been designing, crafting and installing beautiful garden buildings and home offices since 1985. In this Case Study, the Bakers team details an Endless Pool® room with hot tub area in an East Sussex garden; it was designed for their client to enjoy all year round.

This East Sussex client had so loved the outdoor pool they had at their previous property that, when they moved, they decided to install an 'all year round' solution - an Endless Pool room with covered hot tub area and integrated pump house and store.

They found us online and visited our show centre in Bolney, Mid Sussex, to see all the options available. After deciding on an Endless Pool Room, they also decided to include an area to the side of the pool room with a covered canopy, suitable for housing a hot tub.

An integrated pump house with storage cupboard, incorporated behind the main room and extending into this area, meant that not only the pump was hidden away, but any cleaning chemicals were safely stored and also out of sight.

Martin Baker provided the clients with an initial quotation, and his subsequent free site survey enabled him to finalise costings and complete the design before proceeding with the project.

An Original Endless Pool installed in a custom pool house by Bakers Timber Buildings.
Citing "the British weather" as a reason to enclose their Endless Pool for year-round use, this family turned to Bakers Timber Buildings. The modular Endless Pool can be installed in existing rooms, but the new construction gave them the opportunity to customize a comfortable pool room with safe, out-of-sight storage for the remote pump.

The Work
This contemporary Endless Pool room with hot tub area measures a spacious 7.5m x 4.2m and sits nicely in our clients’ delightful garden. The Endless Pool is situated in the main room, which is tastefully furnished with a small changing area and table and chairs on which to relax.

Next to the pool room, underneath a covered canopy, is the hot tub. The pump and workings for the pool and hot tub are cleverly housed within in the cupboard (Pump Room) behind the main room and extending to a cupboard next to the hot tub, along with a further storage cupboard.



The pool room's UPVC sliding doors were colour-matched to the building's external painted cladding in Sadolin Superdec ‘7004’ and are the perfect choice to allow for maximum usable space within the room.

The pool room building also features a fully insulated floor, ‘Aqua step’ Laminated wet room flooring in ‘Beach House Oak’, and MDF/ cement board painted internals in ‘Angora’ and of course is fully lined, insulated and double glazed for the year round use the customer wanted.

The Result
Our client was delighted with the process and the finished result of their Sussex Endless Pool Room:

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Swim Faster with the SwimSmooth & Endless Pools Video Series

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Swim Smooth Founder and Head Coach Paul Newsome
Internationally acclaimed swim coach Paul Newsome just kicked off a series of stroke training videos from his backyard pool. The first five videos in a planned series of 25 are now available on the Endless Pools YouTube channel.

Newsome is the Founder and Head Coach of Swim Smooth, the methodology designed to improve your efficiency in the water and maximize your training time. The Swim Smooth instruction system has been utilized by the International Triathlon Union (ITU) and in 119 countries.

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.




Wednesday, November 16, 2016

"Truly Astonishing": Endless Pools at the USMS Summer Nationals

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U.S. Masters Swimmer, Coach Laura Hamel
For more than a decade, Endless Pools has been a proud national sponsor of U.S. Masters Swimming. At their 2016 Summer Nationals, Laura Hamel, a seven-time USMS All-American, took her first swim in an Endless Pool. Her review, reprinted below, appears in the current issue of SWIMMER Magazine.

As is the case with many swimmers who haven’t tried swimming in an Endless Pool®, I was skeptical. Would it really work? Is there enough moving water to swim against? What if there’s too much moving water to swim smoothly? Will it be weird to see myself swimming in the mirrors both above and below me—sort of a never-ending swimming selfie?

But mostly, wouldn’t it be boring?

Every single piece of home exercise equipment I’ve ever purchased has gathered dust because no matter how beneficial the exercise, I wasn’t motivated to do it alone. No coach, no teammates, no catching up between sets or in the locker room, no mojo. The social component of exercise is critical for many. … Even for a swimmer who prefers long open water swims to pool workouts (guilty!), it’s easy to get the social fix when swimming with a group of like-minded adventurers who enjoy both the long swim and après-swim conviviality.

Butterfly stroke in the Performance Endless Pool at the U.S. Masters Swimming Summer Nationals, Gresham, OR, August 2016
Despite her reservations, Masters swimmer Laura Hamel calls her first Endless Pools swim "truly astonishing." The pool's swim mirrors "made my stroke feel more relaxed and natural almost immediately," she writes in the new SWIMMER Magazine. Her review also quotes SwimLabs Founder Michael Mann: “The best swimming I’ve ever had, my record-breaking swims, have been after training regularly in an Endless Pool.”

While I was in Oregon for Summer Nationals, I had the opportunity to try an Endless Pool, and the experience surprised me. The Performance model that Endless Pools set up on deck had a steady flow of interested swimmers through it during the meet, and many of them had some of the same questions I did. Here’s what we learned.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Case Study: Coach Carol Brings Her Training Home

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This Lancashire conservatory houses Carol's Endless Pool
A UK swimming coach and soon-to-be-certified lifeguard, Carol decided that it was time to bring her swim training home. She turned to her nearest authorized Endless Pools® distributor. Some time after completing the project, our team visited Carol’s Lancashire home to check in on her and her conservatory installation.

So, what made you think about getting an Endless Pool installed?

I initially got the Endless Pool when I was training to be a lifeguard. I was swimming a mile a day and it was so nice to have it at home rather than the inconvenience of trying to find a quiet space in a public pool at a time to suit me. There’s a major lack of facilities in this area despite the interest that the Olympics generated.

Would it not have been better to build a full-sized pool rather than an Endless Pool?

I suppose it was the cost, which put me off a full-sized pool. Not necessarily the build cost, I mean the ongoing water and heating costs. Plus with the weather in this country, it’s not ideal to have an outdoor pool. The Endless Pool fits in the conservatory, and it’s ideal to have it available whenever I want it.

So how does it compare with a full-sized pool for swimming?

It gives you that feeling of a real pool, there’s no doubt about it. I actually did some backstroke in there today, and I use these little fins, which really help.

I find from getting out of the Endless Pool and in to a full-sized pool, I certainly have the power, and it’s great for sprinting.

I usually do front crawl, which is the easiest. I have done back-crawl which is harder, but it’s about getting your technique right. Breaststroke is okay, and the mirror under the water helps.

The Endless Pool installed in a Lancashire conservatory
A stunning conservatory Endless Pool on a sunny day in Lancashire: this model is used for daily swim training by its owner, Carol, a coach and Olympic lifeguard. For its stellar current, at-home convenience, training tools, and ease of maintenance, Carol says, "I love it, and I really wouldn’t be without it."

What speed do you swim at?

I have the digital display, which I set at 2:02 (2 minutes 2 seconds per 100 metres), but my daughter is a stronger swimmer and goes faster than that.

You adjust yourself to it, and it doesn’t take long to learn how to get really good results.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

New Video: Learn Surfing Paddling in an Endless Pool

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“Can I take fewer strokes and conserve more energy, so I can go out and catch more waves?”

That’s the question that inspired Rob Case to open his Surfing Paddling Academy, featuring a High Performance Endless Pool®, last spring. He just released the Academy’s first promotional video, which showcases his knowledge, his passion, and some striking drone shots!



A swimmer since age three, Case says, “Paddling gives me an edge. I end up catching more waves” than other surfers. He previously tried sharing these skills in a 50-meter pool, but the physical distance slowed interactions and, as a result, progress. He resolved those issues by moving  instruction into his own Endless Pool.

Underwater before/after photos from the High Performance Endless Pool at Surfing Paddling Academy
Underwater video footage like this is part of what makes Rob Case’s Academy so efficient. And that’s possible because of his choice of pool: “What I can cover in 50 minutes in the Endless Pool is something that I could do in four to five sessions in a [traditional] pool.”

Rob Case instructing a student in the High Performance Endless Pool at Surfing Paddling Academy
According to Rob Case, “Surfing paddling, like swimming, has a lot to do with feel, and when you can have that instant feedback loop” from the proximity afforded by the Endless Pool, “you can stop them right as they’re doing something incorrectly and make that modification on the spot. They can then have … that ‘a-ha!’ moment.”

A drone photo of the High Performance Endless Pool at Rob Case's Surfing Paddling Academy
This drone shot shows Rob working with a surfer in his High Performance Endless Pool. Upon opening the Academy, Rob told us, “When you learn to paddle, you increase your experience in the water tenfold.” That makes sense: researchers have found that a surfer spends about 10 times longer paddling than wave riding. 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

7 Mighty Man Caves for Men who Love Swimming

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Man caves serve as sanctuaries, spaces dedicated to the tastes and passions of the men who inhabit them. And for men who love swimming, there's no better way to appoint your man cave than with an Endless Pools® swimming machine.

The modular Endless Pool installs easily indoors. All components fit through doors and down stairs, so you can put your Endless Pool in the basement and other cavelike existing rooms.

If you're seeking man cave ideas of your own, start by checking out these swimmer-friendly set-ups!

Man Cave with big screen television and Endless Pools swimming machine
The charcoal tile lends a robust air to this man cave, while the Endless Pool adds a decisive blue, thanks to the optional underwater lighting. Endless Pools can also be outfitted with an Underwater Treadmill for low-impact running and jogging, making it easy to get active while watching the big game.

Man Cave with sports memorabilia and partially inground Endless Pools swimming machine
In this man cave, the clean kitchenette is balanced by the rugged, distressed textures of the pool skirting and wainscoting. The manual retractable security cover, at the lower left, traps in heat and humidity when the pool is not in use. (We have automatic covers too, but who's afraid of putting in a little elbow grease to get the job done?!)

Man Cave with hammock, kitchenette, and partially inground Endless Pools swimming machine
Deep red walls and exposed wood beams define this man cave with a luxe but potent vibe. As its centerpiece, the partially inground Endless Pool offers convenient access to a vigorous swim session ... because a man should have to earn the right to kick back in his indoor hammock!

 
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